So after almost a month of not posting anything, I guess a quick update is needed for my active followers and readers (I can probably count them on one hand).
My SSD died recently without warning. I could boot up my PC without problems in the morning, went out for the whole day and came back at night to discover that the SSD just went kaput. After calling up Uncle Lim, the PC shop uncle near my house for advice, he asked me to try switching the SATA cables from my DVD-ROM drive to the SSD. Of course it didn’t work. Hard drives die when they are killed.
Uncle Lim described my SSD as having “a heart attack”. It is one of the unfortunate cons of using a new technology like SSDs over traditional magnetic platter HDDs — death to an SSD can come swiftly and suddenly, without any telltale warning signs. This is the complete opposite of HDDs — usually you can detect and anticipate when a HDD is about to die, which should give you some time to back up your important files.
Unfortunately, I had no backups of my SSD. It only contains my Windows 10 system installation, and my World of Warcraft folder. Normally in the past, if my PC fails I would start to panic. This time, funnily enough, my initial reaction after my SSD’s death was “maybe I can finally take a break from WoW… I already killed Kil’jaeden in the latest raid.”
The next day, I went to Uncle Lim’s shop, bought a new SSD, and then promptly reinstalled Windows 10 and World of Warcraft. I did not have any backups of my WoW addons, so rebuilding my game UI from scratch using Bartender was another tedious process. Take a break from WoW? Yeah, right.
Old habits die hardest.