About a week ago my backup hard drive went on the fritz. Wasn’t working, so I couldn’t keep backing things up.
Yesterday, as I was starting to back things up on my brand new backup hard drive, my computer died. Completely fried the hard drive. Great. Lost. Everything. Well, except for my pictures, which fortunately were backed up on a third hard drive.
I took the computer down to Best Buy and talked to the Geek Squad. He checked it’s hard drive and gave me the bad news, completely kaput. I asked him if there was any way to get the information off of it and he told me that it was still possible, as bad as it was, but that it would entail sending it off to somewhere, that it would have to be completely disassembled in a controlled environment. Then they might be able to get at the info. Cost? $2,100, or more. (Blood pressure spike).
So I went home, got the old back up drive and brought that down. With my heart pumping at a million beats a second I waited five minutes for him to check it. First good news of the weekend – he could get at most, if not all, of the information on that one. (Blood pressure returns to normal). Not the $2,100, but I did have to shell out $200 for a new 3TB hard drive and the $99 recovery fee. So with the new 2TB back up drive I already have and the one I bought for the transfer, I’m going to see if 3 copies of everything will be sufficient.
Unfortunately, the information is a week old. A week which included year-end files for the pizza place’s payroll, their first payroll of the new year, and some work I did on book covers for my writer friend, Lisa Shafer. (Sorry Lisa, we’re going to have to start over again, though I will still have the files I had when you came over this weekend).
And then I had to spend another $700 for a new computer. It is a lot faster than that 5 year old one I had, but I still had to spend a bunch of time re-installing programs, and I’m not even done yet. Bleah. Oh, and it does have the hookups for dual monitors, which you can see in the picture. As I write this, it’s in the process of backing up my photos, and all the new stuff on this computer.
Life – sometimes it’s the tasty fruit, sometimes it’s the pits.