Ok, I was settling down Tuesday night to edit some product shots I had shot for a client (and friend). It was behaving oddly, so I restarted. Then it hung. And it began a check disk.
I thought, "This isn't good." and I waited. I thought I would be ok after a minutes, then a few hours. It would definitely be finished when I got up in the morning.
I am still down, 5 days later.
But I am not worried too much. I have Lightroom duplicate my raw files to a second internal hard drive when i import the photos I have a backup NAS on my local network that backups my machine's data every night.
I also have both drives backed up to Carbonite in case something gets missed.
Fortunately, I am in IT. I have seen others loose data because they didn’t expect this to happen. They didn't take precautions. Careful thought and long term planning has helped me ensure that while I am down, I am not out of the game. I may loose some data, but I will be back up and running in a few days.
But the real question is, "Are you ready for a drive failure?"