Suddenly this afternoon, my laptop crashed. :-( No visible symptoms before it did that.. When I called up gateway and mentioned to them the error message during reboot, I heard that it could be a harddrive crash. When I asked the possible causes, I was told a) virus or b) long time running without turning off or c) turning on and off many times a day could have caused it. It showed some minor problems last month, may be I should have taken note seriously.
First time something like this has happened to any computer that I have worked so far. So I used to think "crash? nay, wont happen to me..". That didnt luckily prevent me from having anti-virus stuff and backing up my data. This crash would take a couple of good days off me when I need to load all the programs and stuff.
Any suggestions from you people how to keep the laptops safe? I am going to turn it off every night (I stopped doing it for the last 7-8 months). mm.. so, this takes me to my pre-laptop days. I have to be used to it for the next week or so. Let me see how it goes.
Update (Sep 8, 2:30 PM): No, that CANT happen to me.. it didnt !! One of the biggest mysteries in the recent time. I tried my luck again in the afternoon, and got the error message. Frustrated and all hope lost, immediately took it to my IT shop . One bloke, Matt Glover turned it on and IT STARTED WORKING !!! Seems like he has some magic hand! So, I am happy, very happy now. Thanks to all you people with your suggestions. I will implement it from today itself and hope to keep it alive as much as I can..
A few positives to come out in the last 24 hours of drama:
a) Always back up, back up. I was doing it every month. Now I would do every weekend.
b) I will get a spare hard drive from Gateway anyway, since I called them up yesterday itself.
c) I was thinking a lot about how I would organize my files in the new hard drive and had a plan. I would implement it anyway with this one, come saturday.
d) Some good suggestions from you guys and from other friends here.