I just lost an ssd. Was browsing the net and firefox froze up, so habitually I pressed the x button. When that didn't work, I moved onto ctrl-alt-t to pull up a terminal and pkill firefox. No dice on opening the terminal, X must have froze; ctrl-alt-F1. Typed in username and my screen spewed errors. Uh-oh.
Typed in my password and ctrl-alt-F[what ever number X is by default in ubuntu] to check to see if anything unfroze. Everything had froze at this point, not even my touchpad wanted to work. To that I responded to a held press on my power button and rebooted. And then coreboot refused to 'discover' my ssd. As such a micro linux install on my nand chip was booted and the terminal greeted me with: "ata1 COMRESET error=-16" or something like that. Logged into my firmware, ls /dev ; alas no sda was to be found. So I poweroff'd and plugged in a live usb of mint. It booted and gave me the same result, no ssd to mount, not even in read-only.
So, in the end I'm without a doubt missing some important stuff (Like a case # for warranty service on a different laptop) and pretty dang sad that I lost my riced lock screen. I'm sure this will leave me annoyed in the months to come, as I struggle to think of what I don't have a copy of thats important.
In the end, other than this story of fail, I guess I have to say, "Did you backup your data today?" Not sure what I'm going to do now, but I guess I can boot an OS off a usb disk for now... Such a pain though. Hopefully it decides it wants to boot tomorrow so I can atleast grab some important stuff...
When was the last time you lost important data, and what did you do? Alternatively, when was the last time you backed up your data, and how much do you value it? (Also appologies for any bad formatting/punctual errors; typing on an ipod is a rather lethargic process...)