So, yesterday morning I press the button to start my MacPro and I'm greeted by an ominous looking grey screen with a disk utility window! The question it posed: how do you want to restore your boot drive?
After catching my breath I decided to try a restart instead . . . Drum roll please . . . Same result, that nasty looking grey screen.
I do adhere to the adage; "if it's digital it doesn't exist unless it exists in three different places." I do have, almost all of my important stuff backed up, but there were some things that I needed that would be lost.
Not wanting to proceed without some investigation. I get ready to leave and decide to try one more time. Turn on the old MacPro and viola!, it boots up.
I was able to copy what I needed and went out and purchased a new hard drive to install.
Hopefully, once installed, this will be the end of this excellent adventure in computing.
The moral of this story: back-up, back-up, back-up!