Computer Carrion: My Hard Drive

Black Buzzard


Another iPhone wildlife photo op on my forced march to town last week, and appropriate ominous bird of the dead for a morning when I dread what it is I have to do:

Reformat my MacPro hard drive and RESTORE from Time Machine.

The 2008 hard drive has been spinning for much of its lifetime, and it is slowly losing its mind. Time has come for electroshock therapy. I dread it.

So today, after the house is empty of guests for the first time in almost two weeks, I’ll confront the black buzzards of the digital world (sorry, my bird friends, for the slam) and muster the courage to do what needs to be done.

If I disappear from the digital radar (I am not so sure I am even on it on the best of days anymore) then I am in computer purgatory and will hope to be back online shortly. See you on the other side.

Any techy folks out there with words of wisdom for getting Mt Lion purring again, I’m feline the love. Thanks in advance.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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