Hmmm. Well I got a deal on a basic refurbished dual core system which happens to be an HP. It came with Windows 7 and was cheaper than the operating system and had a free LED stereo monitor thrown in with it so I grabbed it. Normally I "sanitize" all the OEM proprietary programs they put in but the "HP Advisor" seemed pretty stable and fairly safe so I left it in. I always "download but don't install" option my Windows updates and figured I'd be ok as HP also requires confirmation before it does anything.
I already had made windows and system recovery disks onto dvd so after transferring 12 older IDE hard drives of archived graphics projects and work portfolios over to my new terrabyte disk I had added for storage in the HP machine, I figured I'd get some sleep and then copy that back-up drive too in the morning as an EXTRA back-up (gives you an idea how paranoid I am).
So after going to bed at a reasonable hour, I get up about 1130am on Sunday do a little graphics tweak and realize I need a file on my storage drive. I use the handy little quick search feature Win 7 provides and since I can't remember the exact name of the image I want, I type in the file type of the file since I know I organized them and can find it with the others.
Strangely, Windows comes back with no files AT ALL of that type. Now I had several thousand of those files and I am thinking, "What the heck?". So I explore my extra drive and find that ALL my files aren't there--serials, reg keys, installation software...all gone. In it's place are some things that look like a windows backup.
Now I had specifically opted to NOT have windows backup onto my system or to continue with incremental backups either. So I go snooping through logs and the like and discover that early in the morning, a Microsoft major update came through. Despite being set to manual install it installed automatically. After this update finished my machine "decided" it was time for a backup of my comp and "decided" the large roomy drive I had half filled was the space to save it--once those pesky files already on it were overwritten of course.
So now I have a cool backup of my 177mb OS drive that is safely archived on my now erased one terrabyte drive. It needed that space darn it!
So I trust this new drive concept like I trusted Sony's root kit installing DRM, iTunes rummaging through my files to make sure they were legit and Microsoft and HP to safeguard their processes so they are really user controlled.
Can't wait until someone's motherboard pops a cap and they take it to the shop to be replaced whereupon their drive erases itself. Genius!
Of course when you call tech support the answer will be, "That can't happen".