Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

I dropped my laptop on Friday. It's been in the shop ever since, as the techs try to recover my files, photos, music. In short--my entire business. I have a backup hard drive. I hadn't plugged it in for more than a month, but thank God I have that much. Stupid. After more than 15 years of working on computers, I certainly know better. After this, there will be onsite and offsite backup mechanisms so this can never happen again. They tell me they'll be able to recover most of the data. The good news yesterday--after four long days of waiting--is the data is there to be recovered. Huge sigh of relief. Of course, I've got a lot of crap on that computer so it's taking forever to recover it. No idea when I'll get it back.

In the meantime, I'm improvising. I wrote a ton over the weekend in old-school pen-and-paper style. My daughter showed me last night that I can dictate what I wrote via Siri on my iPhone and she will do the typing for me. After some cleanup, voila. Three books in progress, their fate now in question as I wait to hear how much or how little I'll get back from the old hard drive. I have no one to blame but myself for being stupid and careless about this kind of thing. I've had five long days to think about how it will never happen to me again.

Don't let it happen to you. Backup. Everyday. I will from now on.

5 comments:

Tina said...

I have learned that backup lesson more than once! Horrible that we know this and yet somehow fate is tempted. I'm very happy for you that there is data to be recovered. Know that your story will kick my butt into a full backup as well! As far as Siri being your translator........ so funny. Technology, what can you say???

Na said...

I'm really happy you'll be able to get your data back. I backed up a week ago and try to do so regularly but sometimes time can fly by and important documents can accumulate. I have an external hard drive used solely for back up. Now the thing is I'm scared if that hard drive ever corrupts and I lose that. Scary thought :(

Hope you get all or most of the stories back.

Karen Lawson said...

After I spilled a full cup of coffee on my laptop, I let it dry out for three days and miraculously it worked! But I went out and bought an external hard drive immediately and backed up everything right then. Since reading about your computer, I guess, I better plug it back in and do another back up. Maybe even make a schedule for doing this every few days?? Life just gets going and we don't realize just how much we count on technology to get through the days. I have probably added 100 pictures and downloads since my computer's accident. Thanks for the reminder and I hope you are back up and running full speed soon.

NicolesBlueEyes said...

glad you are up and running again...

Marie Force said...

Thanks for the support, ladies! It's been an interesting week!