Ding Dong, the computer’s gone

Well, it’s official. My laptop is dead.

For those of you who weren’t here in December, the day before Christmas Eve I dropped my laptop. It went into a comatose state. I rushed it to the ’emergency room’ aka my local computer fixer, who told me that the laptop itself was fine, but the hard drive, the nerve center, was damaged.

I would have preferred it to be the other way around. After all, the shell of a laptop is easily replaced. The content of my hard drive? Priceless. Especially since I tend to be a bit slack about backing things up.

So my computer fixer sent me off to a specialist hard drive retriever, who told me it could take a while–months–to rebuild/retrieve my files, with no guarantee of sucess. On the plus side, his $1,300 fee only applied if he was sucessful.

I finally have a definitive outcome. Apparently my hard drive is shattered. Typical. If I’m going to do something, half measures are not an option.

So, what have I lost? God, I’m not even sure I remember it all. About a hundred Ellora’s Cave ebooks, which of course are irreplacable because Ellora’s Cave don’t keep your bookshelf. I also lost about twenty or so from Loose-Id, because my bookshelf there only goes back to 2006–not sure why.

All the music I had loaded on there, although thankfully I stole a lot of it from my brother, so I should be able to get it back.

My book catalogue, which is going to be a pain in the a** to replace, even with a book scanner, because about 500 of them are in storage.

Photos, which I deleted off my camera because they were on the computer.

And…scariest of all, 2000 or so words of One night in a bar. They were really good, too.

I’m sure there was a lot more, but I’m too scared to think about what it could be.

So: going forward, I get one of those automatic online backup things, so it won’t matter so much if I forget…as I tend to do.

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About oliviaventura

I was born many years ago in... No, seriously, all you need to know about me is that I love love LOVE reading, and it's even more fun to write my own stories (I get to choose the ending that way). I've worked in plenty of different jobs, many in retail, which is the best way to meet some really colorful people, and also in recruitment, telecommunications, and food safety. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I'm still on the lookout for Mr. Right, so if you know him, send him my way.

Posted on April 20, 2011, in computer, technical disaster. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Interesting to hear that Ellora’s Cave doesn’t save your ebooks in a bookshelf for you. That’s unusual. Sorry to hear about your laptop!

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