Why bother backing up my files?
Last Update: May 09, 2013
For most of you that back up your files regularly
- This is more for your amusement than anything else but it does have a serious message, and for those of you who do not back up your files regularly – please read and beware.
- We were at my daughters place for a while and I was busy working on my laptop. I had some problem with it before we went visiting and the screen had failed to show anything. About a 100 Euros later the screen was replaced and I was in action again.
- This was early boot camp time so a lot of work being done and thus a lot of files being set up, web site content being written (copy kept in files till ready), drafts, lists of possible topics – you know the sorts of things we do each day. Research on keywords download of results.
- So picture the scene if you will. I am sat at my small dining table at home just after returning home, with my laptop in front of me and I am listening to a training video from WA, with my headset plugged into the laptop. My wife is watching one of her TV favourites.
- Before going any further I should point out that my wife is severely challenged from a hearing perspective and when she watches TV she uses a streaming device for the audio to go into her hearing aids. When she is doing this she is cut off completely from me unless I am in front of her. This means I am kind of super sensitive to any noises as I know she won’t hear them.
- I am well into this training video when out of the corner of my eye I think I see some movement outside the house and hear a noise – I thought. So quickly pause video, take of head set and stand up to look. Then I sense something behind me and turn and leave the table to go out of the French window on to the patio to investigate.
- What I did not know was that the headset lead had somehow got round my leg – don’t ask because I don’t know now either. The upshot of this was that I dragged the laptop with me as I left the table and the laptop, being unable to fly (is that in Windows 13?) crashed onto the floor.
- The noise turned out to be a load of goats who were chomping their way past our house in the field next door as they are wont to do – so no problems there then.
- Untangling the laptop with a heart that had just dropped through the floor I was amazed to see I could still use it. Breathe a sigh of relief and carry on.
- You guessed it- switch on laptop – nothing. Try all sorts – nothing. And to this day it has refused to come on – well can’t really blame it as I would feel pretty miffed if I had been thrown on the floor like that.
- Enough of this hilarity – now the serious bit – what about my files? No access equals no files – right – can you imagine! I had been in WA for nearly ten months at that time and all my work is on there – oh no!
- Okay enough of the suspense, this is not a script for a movie. As I said we had to fly home from my Daughters and I had backed up the laptop prior to flying, as we usually take the device and it’s back up in separate bags in case we lose one of them. So whew - I was able to use the files from the back up device. Of course I had lost that bit of work between reaching home and trying to make my laptop fly.
- Disaster can strike at the most unusual of times and in circumstances you would not dream of, like mine, so always take regular backups – please. If you don’t you could lose a lot of your creative thinking instantly and this is the hardest thing to replace – believe me.
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