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Hard drives: will you be ready when your computer dies?

The hard drive in your computer is going to die. The digital container of all those baby photos, essays, and confidential documents you took with you from a previous job? It’s going to pass away. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Your only hope is the drive will die peacefully, in landfill. But most drives, like a bad movie cliche, seem to die just a few days short of retirement. (read more)