This week, Giz saw no less than two (two!) hard drive casualties befall our staff. So, in honor of Matt and Wilson's data, hit up Lifehacker's definitive guide for fixing, protecting, backing up and preserving that spinning data destroyer that lives inside your computer. Heed.
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But put your backup in a closet or something. A good friend had her life's work on her laptop and TimeMachine... and the thieves took both!! Just bought a $50/yr Carbonite unlimited subscription. Having everything in the cloud as well is good!!