A failed HDD is often a blessing in disguise, although it never feels that way at the time.
A new o/s install cleans away all the fluff you've installed along the way, and you can take your time loading what is still important.
Just always backup all important stuff onto a new external HDD every year at least, and make incremental backups along the way. I have a pile of external drives dating back years.
And to think we used to moan about getting our pictures developed. I've yet to lose a single snap due to a PC failing.
Both of these are great advice.Buy another identical SSD and RAID1 them before you reinstall
Make 2 backups of your data on external drives, and store one of them at the sisters place
Un1 bought many ships over the years.@OP, you know what? I have a suggestion for you. To celebrate your return, along with your racy new SSD, I think you should buy a new ship. I know you have the credits. Surprise us all by showing up in something other than your old broken down ashtray of a Cobra. Reminds me of the car Peter Falk used to drive in Columbo. [haha][haha][haha][haha]
Nah, mate.Glad to have you back. Hope you didn't lose anything important from the harddisk crash.