So Saturday, I was using my computer just fine. I had to restart it and then that was when the problems started. It did the exact same thing it did in November. It was showing no bootable volumes. I thought, at least I have my Time Machine backup. Guess what didn't work? YUP. The backup did not work at all and it erased the drive to do the backup so I was left with a clean drive and no backup. AHHHHHHHH! I tried everything I could think of and worked on it all day Saturday. I borrowed a drive from a friend and tried a few more things and nothing. I had to just stop and give it up for the night. I was tired and frustrated and nothing was being accomplished. I didn't sleep well as you might imagine.
I woke up around 7 and decided to re-install my OS. I knew I would have to install the long-ago version and then start updating until I could get back to Catalina. I got that on and then tried to clone the drive and put it on the empty internal drive. That worked fine! So, I have no idea why it died in the first place but I had Cataline. I installed a few things I needed and did the patch to get Big Sur back because by now, I was used to it by now. That took all day on Sunday. So, today, I got the old drive and the backup drive to get files off. The backup drive is now just null. It lights up when I plug it into the computer but it isn't recognized. I contacted support as it is under warranty. I'm hoping they know of some trick to make it work. I need the information that was on there. I'm still very upset that I did my backups weekly for no reason. :(
Today, I was able to get some things from my old drive, but a lot of stuff is on the 2TB drive I got in November that I can't access. It's driving me nuts that it's just 'dead'. If my stuff can't be recovered (please let me recover it!!!) I hope they will replace the drive. I spend the day running recovery on that old drive. It took over 5 hours and I didn't get everything I needed, but I got a lot. The newer stuff was in the Time machine backups. It's driving me crazy to have this happen again so soon after the last incident. So, now I wait for tech support on my drive and hope I can get things going again. This time, I think I'm going to clone the drive weekly on an external drive. That way I know it will be backed up. At least I truly hope so! This whole situation has been so frustraing!
I did get to write a little tonight and that was great. I haven't written in several days because of this mess. It was nice to get those words down! 2178 words is not bad after not writing in a few days! :) I am again grateful to Evernote for being my daily writing backup site. I didn't lose any writing because of it. Thank you, Evernote!