Better not let your subscription lapse...

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I have a 17 inch macbook pro with two internal drives. I have had Watchman Monitoring installed on this unit for about 5 months now. I've been very happy with the early warnings that I would get when something wasn’t performing like it should have. However this last month I had let my subscription lapse; probably one of the worst decisions I had made in a while. It turns out that last month just so happened to be the month that both (yes both) of my internal hard drives would fail.

At first I noticed a lot of spinning beach balls on my machine, but didn't think much of it.  A few days later, when the beachballs were still around, I went to check the console logs and as it turns out console was full of disk I/O errors reporting, from both drives. Had my subscription been current I would have been notified on the 25th that my main drive was failing and the 29th that my spare drive was going out as well. Thankfully I had a backup of the data, however I am sitting here on a Friday afternoon spending my time restoring data instead of being out in the field earning money. If only I had kept my subscription current I could have seen this coming and taken care of this last weekend instead of being down on a work .


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