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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Where Was I?

It is never a good sign to wake up and see this on your computer:

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{J can't believe I took a picture, I think I just knew it was the end after 38 tries.?}

Hours later the Geek Squad declared my hard drive DEAD beyond repair and after trying on three different units they were unable to retrieve any data in-store.

Didn't I just say something about all the writing I've been working on? A book proposal, oodles of essays, contracts and contacts, pictures, just to name a few.

Four {plus} years of my life came home with me in a ziploc.
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The good news is that J's co-worker's husband, Randy of RJM Technology, took a look in his lab today and is able to retrieve data. Such a huge relief. We will know more tomorrow of what he's able to get and how much or how little but I am feeling very hopeful.

So tonight we went and got our external hard drive for him to transfer all my old data to and we did a little laptop shopping (which was something we were planning on doing before the crash of 2011, our timeline just got moved up a bit. The plan had been to turn my computer into the kids computer for playing/school stuff, which still will work once we replace the hard drive.)

We'll go and look around some more tomorrow and hopefully come home with something new. (Maybe even a MacBook if I can twist J's arm enough?!?) And you better believe that every single iota of information I put on the new computer will be backed up somehow, someway. (More on that to come.)

A very expensive and stressful lesson has been learned here, so be ye not so stupid, back up your stuff.

4 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

So glad your files can be recovered! I experienced this panic when my computer got a virus a few months back and I realized I no longer had my filed backed up on my work computer (becuase I no longer HAD a work computer). I was honestly near tears thinking about losing all those lesson plans. After fixing the virus, I immediately bought an external hard drive.

March 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

Talk about your worst nightmare coming true. My PC is old & has some issues that cannot be fixed - I do a cloud back-up through MozyHome every few days - it can't access some files, but the majority of my hard drive is protected just in case - I also copied photos onto a few jump drives & disks just in case. Good luck w/ the recovery process!

March 6, 2011 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I'm glad it sounds like your files will be recovered! Technology is a wonderful thing, but can be a nightmare at times too if things go wrong!

March 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Ah, the blue screen of death. It is a nightmare, to be sure. Glad things seem to be working out ok for you. Sorry for the immense headache that I'm sure it was!

March 9, 2011 at 9:14 PM  

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