So about a year ago, the HD on my PowerBook G4 failed suddenly. I tried repairing it with Apple's Disk Utility, but it was too late. So I had to seek professional help, and I took my laptop, without much thought, to this place in Palo Alto, near Fry's, called "We Fix Macs
". My Mac was f-ed, and the claimed to fix them, so it's seemed pretty obvious. Well, little did I know, but this place is full of incompetent idiots. It took them days to get back to me, at which point it turned out they could not do anything at their PA location and had to send it off to Santa Clara or something ... one thing led to another, I called them a bunch of times, Rimma dropped by and was told that she "does not understand the complexities of computers" - and she's a Cornell CS major ... Anyway, for a while I had no idea what work was or was not being done and at which location. Finally, we decided to just get it back and stop this fiasco. After another fight on the phone with the manager of this illustrious establishment, I ended up basically being yelled at. Then I was told that it turned out nothing could have been done and no data had been saved, even though a day or two earlier I was told that 80% or something rather had been transferred to my external Firewire drive. It was unbelievable.
Well, Rimma picked the laptop up, along with the external drive, which they claimed had nothing on it, paid $90 for labor only, as the data recovery fee was waived. So we figured, fine, cut our losses, buy a new drive ... and then my professor offered to buy me a new MacBook anyway. So when the Powerbook finally made it home, I set it aside in the corner of the living room and had not touched it for about a year since. That is until a few days ago. I did look at the external drive, only to find that a bunch of my files (including most of the music - although it was mostly damaged) were there! So we figured we got off lucky - did not even pay for the backup that seemed to have at least partially worked. It was weird and funny and all, but little did we know that the saga was not over ...
A few days ago, I got it into my head that when we move to our new apartment, I want to forget about cable and use the old PowerBook as a media box. I could play movies and stream live TV, use Joost and so on. In other words, I decided to try out the new 21st century life style :) I got all excited and ordered a new HD for the laptop. Yesterday the HD arrived, and I sat down to take my PowerBook apart. It took a while, but I got it. And when I finally removed the top cover ... I froze. Guess what I was looking at? A 40G HD! My original 20G HD was sitting in the front pocket of my old laptop bag - I knew that. This definitely was not it. What was it??? Rimma told me to close the book up and try it, but I figured it was too much of a pain in the ass. Anyway, my new one was 60G, so why not plug that it since I got it already. I did not fee like taking the laptop part again. Well, to make a long story short, when I put everything back together, the laptop worked, but failed to recognize my new drive ... what a bummer. I was very upset, took it apart again, checked all the connections, put it back together (I'm getting really good at it) - same thing. I was furious, but tired. So I went to sleep.
This morning, I decided to take it apart for the 3rd time and give the mystery drive a shot. And guess what? It worked!!! Not only that, but it has OS X installed, and has my old system backup on it!!! I have not checked the music files yet, but it' all there. I got a free 40G HD from these morons, and this whole time, my PowerBook was fully-functional!!! I can't believe any of this. So bizarre ... Now I'll buy an external enclosure for my new 60G drive and end up with a cumulative 100G for my media :D Somehow I fee a lot better now :P
This is just never going to end ... So I did something I should have done right away in the 1st place - I ran disk utility on the "mystery" drive, and it claimed the drive was failing! That made me pause ... why would they give me another failing drive? Maybe something is wrong with the software? But Rimma had a much more sensible explanation: what if it's my original drive? Hmmm ... but what is the other 20G drive then? I checked on the web, and indeed it says that my PowerBook should have come with a 40G drive. WTF? Well, this makes some sense, explaining why this "mystery" drive had my system backup on it. What probably happened is that they never took my laptop apart in the first place (funny, b/c that's the only thing we paid for, and that's why I assumed the drive that was in the bag was my drive and never bothered to turn the damn thing on). They probably reinstalled the OS, which somehow helped the drive temporarily recover, making a backup of the original system on the same drive in the process. Then they copied that backup to my external drive. And then something must have gone wrong, causing some miscommunication between them, and I must have ended up paying for someone else's problem. I bet their drive was lost, and I have it now. And then the "fixers" thought it was my drive, which was removed from the laptop, but too far gone to save any data off of. So they gave me back my laptop and this drive, charging me for labor they never performed on my own computer ... and now I have a laptop with my original drive, which for some reason work now, despite reporting fatal errors to disk utility. I also have a new 60G drive that the laptop fails to recognize. And I have someone else's 20G drive in a bag. I can't wait to buy an external enclosure and see what this really is ...