Bummer. I was sitting in the airport last week talking to Al when he said he had bad news…hmm…okay…laptop…my laptop? Crashed? What do you mean by a crash? Well, after turning it on it doesn’t do anything…yikes!
It wasn’t the end of the world, but it was going to be a hassle.
Fortunately, my dad’s vast library of pictures was stored in multiple locations…in external drives…in another machine…thankfully those weren’t gone!
The nearby PC repair shop said after a few days nothing could be recovered (sigh). We realized the laptop was under warranty. I started making calls…it’s covered right? No, I don’t have the laptop in front of me…two days later…another call…it doesn’t turn on…hard drive…yeah…you’ll replace the hard drive? Great!
Now we wait. Two more days passed. Al called me at work to say that someone showed up to replace the hard drive…that’s all he would do…he kept repeating that’s all he would do…the laptop would take several hours to be ready for use…so don’t don’t touch it!
Fortunately that evening I got a call. Was the hard drive installed? Do you have any questions? Yes…how do I get the programs restored? Go to this website? Yeah, I can do that…
I began to explore the web site. As Al says, “All things related to the computers are in Cathy’s domain.” Well, not quite, but that’s pretty close. I’d click on a program and begin the install. Several hours later almost everything was restored. A few things could not be brought back, but I figured this was okay. The items that were missing happened to be things I considered upgrading and/or un-installing. I could live with this.
One concern was getting back to blogging. I realized I was enjoying this. It didn’t matter to me that I have a new site with limited visitors. Blogs start small and eventually grow. There were a number of things I wanted to record. (So be warned! More posts to come – maybe more than one a day! Lol. We’ll see.)
So what did I take away from this? Be sure you have a back-up if you have anything critical! (Those PC gurus are right about this.) By critical, I mean anything that, if you lost it , you would shed tears over it. I told Al that there were some things that couldn’t be recovered but they were gravy.
I suspect if this had happened a few weeks ago I would have not reacted calmly. Life was very hectic at that time so I suspect I would have been a bit freaked out…and probably very angry…but right now it didn’t seem like the end of the world. (Sidebar from Al – “Whew!”) We have back-up machines, even though this one was my baby.
After the restore I also discovered some additional gadgets that I hadn’t had before. Now those pictures that I would have shed tears over are displaying as a one inch little slide show on the desktop…how relaxing is that?