A few weeks ago, I experienced a digital hiccup, a long feared scare of nightmarish proportions... Luckily, I was prepared. My hard drive took a bow, gave up, and said, "See ya!" I was left looking at the dreaded grey iMac screen, and, for a short moment, I could not keep myself from panicking! Then I regrouped, realizing something... I had a backup plan in place! I had two external drives and a remote backup. I have learned to keep all of my files saved to backups, so in the event of losing a drive my work is safe and sound.
Once the drive was replaced, it was not hard to reinstall the operating system. I would say it took a day or so until I felt like everything was back on track. I did have a few obstacles, one of which was when I realized there were some important Illustrator files missing. They should have synced with Creative Cloud but were not there. For anyone who is familiar with Adobe Illustrator, preferences, presets, swatches, brushes, workspaces, keyboard shortcuts, symbols, and graphic styles all can be synced and saved to your account. To my dismay, they were not synced and I felt like I had lost a lot of work. Determined as ever, I took to the internet to find out a quick way of recovering the data hiding in my dead hard drive. I stumbled upon a great find: Disk Drill by Clever Files. I was able to tap right in to those missing files, getting them reloaded and running again.
My own personal recommendation is to have at least one backup to an external drive, flash drive or DVD and to also have a backup to a remote cloud service. Do your homework and research the remote services and read reviews. It is well worth the time and effort and in th end it is all about peace of mind!