Yes, I’ve bashed Vista, when I thought it needed bashing.Â But today Vista saved me hours and hours of time – and more importantly it saved me face with my clients.
I have four drives in my machine.Â Â Three 250GB SATA drives and one 300GB SATA drive.
I boot my primary Vista install from the 300GB drive.Â The others boot XP, Vista 64 bit, and Ubuntu.Â The XP drive also is my data drive – it holds ALL of the information on my current projects.
It is a VERY important drive to me – the data is my livelihood (I do have backups of the data, but restoring is a pain – better to not HAVE to restore!)
As I went to save some attachments from GMAIL to my data drive Vista popped up a warning that it had detected an error on my “I:” drive – where all of my data is stored.Â After catching my breath I read the dialog box more closely.Â It offered me an opportunity to back up my data.Â Whooah?Â You mean it is STILL THERE?Â I know about a drive dying before it is dead?Â You HAVE to be kidding me!?!?
And guess what – it was.Â And it is.Â Â ALL of my data isÂ now safe on another drive and the “dying drive” is no longer in my system.Â I’ll replace it this week.Â I was able to move ALL (EVERY BIT – pardon the pun) off with no data loss!
All because my OS talked to my hardware (or more accurately listened to my hardware!).Â So is it worth it to upgrade from XP to Vista?Â Sure – if you value your data!
Finally, I put the dying drive into a spare PC and downloaded the Western Digital diagnostic suite – it failed every test.Â This drive can still read and write data – but it is dying.Â And I am REALLY thankful that I knew it was ill before it expired. I had time to get my data and then said my final farewells.Â I won’t miss the drive – and thanks to Microsoft Vista, I won’t miss my data either.
Very, very cool.