Friday, November 23, 2012
My computer died the other day. It was tired of working too hard, tired of being pounded on for hours, just tired of being on all the time. It was over 5 years old and it had been acting cranky for a while - I knew it was coming.
Luckily, I have an external hard drive, too bad I didn't backup more than I did. I only lost a few things, which I've been able to reconstruct. As long as my external hard drive is intact, I haven't lost any of my photos, of which I have thousands. I think, after I get this new computer up and running and all my information on it, I'll back up my photos to DVDs also, just in case the external drive goes.
Since my old computer was grumbling and non responsive so often, there were a few things I was working on and wanted to be sure I was able to save those, so I put them on memory sticks, just in case. That's also a relief, I could have used them more often too.
It is not fun to find out that your computer will not let you into your records. It refused to restore itself and now that I have a replacement, I'm sure it will never speak to me again. The hard drive might be intact and I could probably pay someone to get the information off it, but it feels so good that most of my stuff is on that little black box, waiting to be put on a new hard drive.
Not only do you worry about what you might have lost, but you feel disconnected, abandoned, out of touch. You would like to research new computers, but you can't get on any websites to do so. You can't check email. Obviously, this is someone without an iPhone!
When was the last time you did a backup?