Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just an update

Wow, two whole days without a blog entry? You know something must be up with me!

I was feelin' kinda casual about the whole computer crash thing, since I stored all my data on a nice portable external hard drive. Except my external hard drive crashed two days after my desktop did.

So, I've been in a whiz of laptop shopping, tech mystery sleuthing, and trying very, very hard not to cry over spilled milk... or in this case, lost data. Yes, I was stupid, and I didn't back anything up. I thought this external hard drive was the way to go. Well, I'm still investigating ways to retrieve my data from it, but for the time being I am assuming years of data (music files, photo files, a whole lot of other personal things) are just gone. If I get them back, it will be a boon.

But yeah, I am missing a lot of photos, and I don't have all my old software re-installed on my new laptop, and I may not be able to resurrect some things. Like, I can't find my Photoshop disk... anyway, this is a long and rambling entry to say that I hope to be back in the business of blogging about all things letter, postal, and snail mail... but I'm still working on the numerous high-tech glitches. (Don't even ask me how many letters I've written in the past few days... not many.)

Thank you, loyal blog readers, for all your patience, and I promise I will be rolling back along as the Missive Maven as soon as I can.

14 comments:

  1. Best of luck! And thanks for the reminder to not trust my external hard drive (as it's plugged into my computer right now...)

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  2. i'm so sorry. i have a defunct external hard drive sitting in my office waiting for me to try to resurrect it, but i don't think i'm ready to face the reality that all is lost. :(

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  3. Are you serious? I just started backing up my files, period, to an external hard drive. And you're telling me THAT'S not infallible either? That's really hard to take. :(

    I wonder if your external hard drive and your desktop computer planned to crash at the same time. Really. Why else would it all be happening now? I hope you somehow figure out how to get all your data back!

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  4. Yep - don't use an external hard drive as your only backup. That's what I learned.

    I'm considering some of these online backup services now... with redundant servers...

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  5. Aw, I'm really sorry. I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year and I would be devistated if I lost my novel. Luckily I've emailed it to myself, saved it to my desktop, saved it to my laptop, and to a jumpdrive. I hope ONE of those things survives if all else fails.
    I hope you get your data back!

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  6. This unbelievable coinsidence is really sad. I hope you will survive and will soon get going again! I already miss your nice bloggings! :)

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  7. Awh that sucks!
    Good luck with restoring data. I sure hope you succeed and please tell us how you did it....
    I'm having back ups on external harddrives as well. Hmmmmm. get's me thinking.

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  8. Try Mozy - I have thousands of photos and really worried about losing them. A Twitter friend recommended Mozy - it's awesome. The first backup is time consuming, but worth it when you have 10 years of photo files on your computer.

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  9. Julie - thanks so much for the recommendation! Once I get things in order with my possibly-lost data, I will look at Mozy. Great to hear something someone is really happy with.

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  10. Oh jeez.....that stinks! I'm sorry about this whole mess. I hope you can salvage your data....

    Good luck with everything!! >__< Take as long as you need (both with letters and blogging)

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  11. Sorry to hear about your experience. Big time bummer. I'm with Julie and have been very pleased with Mozy.

    Good Luck! Hope you get things back to normal soon.

    Jackie

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  12. Okay I am dreadful about commenting, I hardly ever do it, but couple of things here.

    1. The online storage servers are always a great idea..not sure if you are a mac user but backup comes with having a mac account.

    2. After losing oh just a tragic amount of stuff I ended up with 2 externals. I switch them. Not infallible, but it is a system.

    3. Restoring lost data is a very common service nowadays, shop around for it and do not spend more than 1-2 dollars per gig. I only say this because you mentioned music and that is something I have a hard time letting go of permanently.

    Good luck.

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  13. Thanks for the support, everyone.

    Girlzoot - I'm not a mac user now though I have been in the past, and I wish I still were. Long story.

    No more than 2 bucks per gig? That sounds pretty decent, that's good to know!

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