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Every now and then one of my computers acts up. Usually it's something minor that goes away after you restart the machine and I'm not suspicious enough to notice anything serious. But only a few days later the machine just freezes or some application refuses to work completely. And the first check reveals a few bad blocks on the hard drive. Not to worry, there's tons of free blocks on a disk these days, we don't need them all. Wrong. This is the time to backup all available data and go shopping for a replacement drive. The error count only increases over the next few days and according to Murphy's Law the drive is going to completely die the moment this life changing e-mail has been downloaded from the POP server and not yet been read. Don't wait. Don't procrastinate. See the writing on the wall and start running. Even if the »old« drive is only 13 months old...


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