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.