May has proven to be a hard month for hardware here. I've had two desktops (their future is uncertain) and two notebooks (one permanently) go out of service.
I have to confess they weren't as well backed up as I should have, proving my theorem from college "back up religion is inversely proportional to the time since the last crash."
The good news is, many of the other systems in the network are being backed up daily or weekly, I think it was karma that the two systems with the weakest backups failed.
The bad news is I pretty much lost a week messing around with the various systems making backups (before returning notebooks for repairs) and trying to recover any data off the systems that didn't have good backups.
The next posts will detail the failures.