Ugh! I finished work one night and it was time to do my nightly Time Machine backup. I started it up and walked away. When I returned a half hour later, I saw the bad news.
The Mac OS had detected “SMART” errors on my hard disk. It told me in no uncertain terms that I must save the contents of the failed drive to a backup and replace it! It gave me no other options. Moreover, it had helpfully disabled Time Machine, so I could’t use it to do the backup!
The story has a happy ending, but the road to recovery is what is interesting. It required three hard disk utility programs on two platforms. The winning combo was:
- Super Duper (Macintosh)
- DiskWarrior (Macintosh)
- Spinrite (DOS; Wayback Machine required)
Here’s the story...