My hard drive is failing.
You all know the tale of the computer I bought last February and brought to Mexico with me -- only to watch it die a briny death with its exposure to the sea at the beach house.
There was no Lazarus option for it. So, off to the junk pile it went.
In January I purchased a new computer and brought it to my new house where we are sheltered from the sea spray. Or so I thought.
For a couple of weeks, I have been getting strange warnings every time I boot up. On Saturday, it refused to boot until after a dozen tries. I have not shut it off since.
Being a good computer user, I have a backup drive. However, my files had not been backed up for three days -- and there was some important material there. So, I tried to back up those three days of data.
The computer would have none of it -- declaring my drive to be as corrupt as an Illinois governor.
On Monday I drove down to Manzanillo to purchase an external hard drive.
I thought another source might trick the computer into transferring the files as a back up. No dice. Instead, I have now transferred my major data files to the hard drive manually.
But I cannot turn off this computer. If I do, I will most likely not be able to get it to reboot.
That is not a major problem. I am returning to The States in late April. The computer is still under warranty. I can take it back to Best Buy for one of their lengthy service checks.
The trick will be keeping it running that long without Windows having one of its "I'm-too-tired" fits and shutting down on its own. Or running out of battery power on my trip to Puerto Vallarta this week.
If anyone has a better idea, now is the time to step to the front of the class.