Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hard Drives, and why they are important.

I assume everyone knows how important hard drives are. Especially if you are on here. After all, hard drives store everything--the entire life of your computer, and all of the files you add on. That's why it's so important to back things up. Heard that before? I have. And I've meant to.

You know, I can be awfully lazy about things like that. Who isn't, really? I think, to be perfectly honest, that the last time I backed up my computer was about 2 years ago. Maybe even a bit more. Since then, I've added stories, video, music and photos, all of which are terribly, terribly important to me.

I'm going to find out how long ago I backed up my computer today. Why? Because last Thursday, my hard drive failed.

I was watching TV on my computer, in part because I don't have cable and my television set barely gets two channels at the moment. Suddenly, I heard a clicking noise, repeating. "Click-click-click-click-click." And then my computer rebooted, because it was unable to read anything. And it rebooted again, and again, and again.

I freaked out a bit right there, but overall, I've been fairly calm. Not much else I can do, really. Thank Heavens that I emailed a few things to both myself and to my writing bud Amalia T. (It occurs to me that I missed out on her dream sequence blogfest. I just saw it was on Friday, yesterday. Good gravy. I've been out for a while, and it's not been easy. Sorry, Amalia!) And thank Heavens that I took part in as many blogfests as I did. I have some tidbits here and there, a few things saved other places. I'm not as lost as I could be.

But--I still lost a lot. And trust me, I've looked into file retrieval. It's not looking pretty.

So, I'm still here, dear readers and followers. Barely. But please, learn from me--back up your hard drive. Or at least the files that are most important to you. Because if you lose everything, you will feel lost, too.


Amalia T. said...

Poor Sarah! Don't worry about the blogfest! My fingers are crossed for you! And I backed up my files, too :)

Just Another Sarah said...

Thanks, Amalia! I am glad you backed up your stuff! :)

Iapetus999 said...

I save everything I work on to the Cloud.
If you use Office, check out skydrive (
You can get a free program from Gladinet that lets you save your files directly to skydrive like you would to a local disk.

Just Another Sarah said...

Thanks for the tip! I'll have to check that out. *Sigh.*

Laura Canon said...

I don't know how much stuff you're trying to save, but I have 3 novels and tons of other stuff on a thumb drive and it's nowhere near full. (This always seems such a miracle to me because I remember putting novels on floppy disks.)
I generally work off the thumb drive and save it to the hard drive periodically.
Of course you can lose thumb drives, too.
I had a similar episode once where revisions I thought had been saved weren't and the worst of it was that I felt so disconnected from the book. I could hardly get started again.
Good luck!