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Last week, my laptop died a sudden spectacular death-by-drowning, as a full cup of coffee poured into its keyboard. It emitted a pop sound, and the screen and the power shut off.

What would your reaction be? Mine was to immediately unplug the power cord and remove the battery. Then I took it over to the sink and poured out the coffee. Remembering tales of people flushing keyboards with water, I ran some fresh water over the keys and then set to work. I removed the keyboard, the palm rest, a few of the inner cards, and let it sit without power for several hours. Apparently, not long enough.

Later that day, anxious to find out whether it was really dead or just comatose, I plugged it back in, crossed my fingers, and pressed the power button. The power light came on, I heard the fan start, and for a second or two, I was hopeful. But then… another pop, and it was dead. No further cleaning, drying, or care could resuscitate it over the next few days, so it’s currently back at the IBM factory going through open-heart surgery, if not a total replacement.

Being prepared for disasters can make life easier if the event actually occurs
What can go wrong?

Obviously, if I didn’t have a good backup of my data, such an event could have been catastrophic to my business. As it was, the loss of my laptop was merely an expensive hassle. Actual events such as this one can provide a good reality check for your disaster recovery strategies.

Many things can happen that have a similarly disasterous effect. Being prepared for disasters can make life easier if the eve

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