Just a quick note about how important it is to backup your data! The hard drive in my MacBook Pro decided to stop working this morning and in my case, my laptop is my life. All my work, photos, music, contacts are stored on this one laptop.
Luckily, a few months ago, after staring at that inactive Time Machine icon for quite a while, I decided to activate it.
Am I ever glad I did! As I type this on my iPhone, my MBP is 22 minutes away from being fully restored thanks to Time Machine. I also took the opportunity to install a better HDD. I installed the Seagate Momentus XT, a hybrid HD that combines a solid state drive(SSD) and your standard 7200rpm mechanical drive.
I digress, the point I want to make is backing up your data is paramount! Your data is kind of like air(and sex), it’s no big deal until it’s not available.
Follow up note
So I’m back on my MBP, and all is good except…
I use my MBP primarily to develop web based applications. Having said that, I have a few custom configurations in files such as /etc/hosts & /etc/php.ini as well as log files in /var/log/apache2. These are not covered by Time Machine. On the plus side, /etc/apache2/users/xxx.conf is backed up by TM which is where the biggest chunk of my configurations reside.