The cynic in me wants to post a question & answer

I accidentally my hard drive. What do I do now?

I accidentally

  • Wiped my boot drive
  • Tried to resize my partition
  • Tried to fix/adjust my Boot Camp partition from inside Windows
  • got a blank screen after a failed OS update
  • typed sudo rm -rf /
  • chown'd my entire machine
  • dropped my Mac/pad/phone & now it doesn't work
  • lent my Mac/phone/pad to someone & they...
  • disassembled my fusion drive
  • Used beta software/APFS etc on a mission-critical machine
  • Updated to High Sierra on an encrypted drive & the APFS conversion failed.
  • Stored my only copy of valuable data on a flash drive
  • etc etc etc

Then simply post the answer

Restore your machine from your last backup

mark it as correct & link as a dupe every other question to which it applies.

So... my actual question is...
Would this get me a hat?
Note: This entire question is not really meant to be taken seriously, but it's hat season, so why not.

Late Edit
It really does appear as though this issue ought to be taken seriously - I'm adding real-world examples, as I find them. Let these become the...

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    I really like this. A lot. I'd be a rich man if I had $1 every time I asked someone: "Where's your backup?"
    – Monomeeth Mod
    Jan 2, 2017 at 23:47
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    @Monomeeth And I would be a rich man if I had $1 every time someone replied with "Wait...I was supposed to backup?" Jun 25, 2018 at 1:53

2 Answers 2


Meta hat? Quite possibly. Would be diabolical to make you self Ask anD self answer on meta and on main for a pixel overlay.

I endorse the clear canonical question - especially if it helps get people a clear answer.


I disagree with creating a canonical question for this. With each one of those cases, whilst ‘restore from backup’ is a suitable answer, there are other answers which apply to specific cases. For example, adjusting Boot Camp partition from Windows has many answers beside restoring from a backup, but those answers wouldn't apply to the other cases. Canonical answers are great, but make sure they only canonicalise those questions which are identical.

  • Quick note about the votes: my answer was provided almost a week after the other, the voting may reflect this.
    – grg Mod
    Jun 23, 2017 at 19:53

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