"Bye Bye ... my laptop hard drive ... try to do a check disk but the end was nigh"
It's one of those things that happens to everyone at some point and at the end of last week it happened to me .... my hard disk 'gave up the ghost'
More often than not, this means a week or so of downtime, loss of data and a whole mountain of email you have to catch up with. For me however, this unfortunate incident highlighted a couple of cool things
Being offline is not a good thing when you work at Microsoft. So while I was waiting for the new hard disk to arrive I borrowed another laptop, opened up Internet Explorer and typed in the address for our deployment of Outlook Web Access and Communicator Web Access, 10 seconds later I am back online for email, IM and presence .... sweeeeeeet!.
A few days later, the hard disk arrives and gets installed. A few minutes later I plug in the network cable, F12 to do a network boot and a little while later I have Windows Vista and Office 2007 installed and ready for me to get my data back.
It's at this point I now deploy my cunning tools of data restoration
So ... what have we learnt from this?