A close shave – always use Time Machine (and Dropbox)

I used my laptop in Starbucks this morning, just checking emails and doing a bit of coding before running some errands. Come 3 o’clock I open my laptop to work – my desktop wallpaper has gone, and so has my dock, and in fact nothing is working much. So I reboot.

IT WON’T LOG IN!

I enter my password and it accepts it, but after 5 seconds it comes back to the log-in screen. So I boot into recovery mode. Disk check tells me the hard drive is fine. Reading on the internet it appears this has happen to others at various points in the past but there doesn’t seem to be a remedy (although I found this possible solution too late).

Luckily, I’m an avid user of Time Machine (well I am ‘The Doctor’ after all), so from recovery mode I restore from my latest backup. It too about 60-90 minutes to restore (I wasn’t paying much attention), but now everything is fine. My last Time Machine backup had been Friday (I tend not to plug-in unless I’m working) – however I also do most of my work from within my 100GB Dropbox folder, so anything that did get changed in the last couple of days is syncing right now!

Moral of the story – if you’re at your desk – your Time Machine should be plugged in.