I’m baaaaack!

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This is what a dead hard drive looks like. Which is pretty similar to what a live one looks like. But trust me. This one is dead. Gone. Kaput.

My hard drive crashed and burned the last week in December and I’ve been without my computer until today. Talk about withdrawal! Those of you who blog and write, know what I mean.

Thankfully, I backed up all my works in progress via Carbonite. Now I wait a few more days while it works to restore all my files.

We interrupt this message for an unscheduled announcement:

Note: I wrote the above last week–when I thought I was back in business with my computer. Turns out that now my computer cord is fried. I ordered one, not realizing it was coming from China. It should be here, oh, in February.

So, here I sit, daring not to move so that my computer stays plugged in. If I manage to sit extremely still, if the cat doesn’t jump on me, if I don’t scratch my nose–it stays plugged to power. (Something inside the port isn’t working right and I’m sincerely hoping it’s the cord not something inside the computer.)

Carry on….

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I’ve had crashes before without Carbonite and lost all my files, so the sacrifice of waiting a few days to retrieve my files is worth it. I have lost complete manuscripts of several books before, both on Mac and PC. If you’re a writer, beware: it’s not a matter of IF your hard drive will fail, but WHEN. Nothing lasts forever. BACK UP YOUR WORK! Or at the very least, work in the cloud.

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Right now I’m facing the headache of trying to find all my codes to restore software. I can’t find any of my office software serial numbers. I’ve moved my office several times since getting my software and I can’t find that itty bitty piece of paper. <insert heavy sigh and banging head on wall> I’ll probably end up buying the software again. In the meantime, I can’t edit any documents!

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R.I.P. Hard drive. You were dearly loved.

I’ve learned a lot about myself and writing during this forced hiatus and am looking forward to sharing them all with you. Now to get my mind organized again! Just getting back on the computer shows me how overwhelmed I feel mentally, which I didn’t realize was happening.

Computer jail.

Computer jail.

For now, when I’m not typing this post and trying to catch up on emails (ugh), my computer sits in jail aka in an upside down laundry basket so the kittens won’t hack my Facebook page. They’re sneaky like that.

Have you ever had a major crash? How did you handle it? Let me know in the comments below!

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3 replies
  1. Ann Ellison
    Ann Ellison says:

    Have had that happen – my hard drive crashed. I am very computer challenged and I have a wonderful guy to holler at when I have problems, so I relinquished my dead computer to someone who knew more than I did. Thank goodness for Carbonite. I didn’t lose anything, so other than a lighter pocketbook I was up and running.

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  2. Susan F. Craft
    Susan F. Craft says:

    Karla,

    So-o-o-o sorry. My computer was attacked by multiple viruses last week. Thankfully, my husband is my 24/7 techy and he bought software that cleared the all the viruses away. What a nightmare, though. I’m hosting a Launch Party on FaceBook Saturday and was worried about what I was going to do if we couldn’t get rid of the viruses. Also, I highly recommend Carbonite. Have had to use it twice and was thankful I had it.

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