I’m happy to report that my computer has recovered, and there’s a new graphics card quietly whirring away inside its tower. My son did a great job putting things back together; there are only 2 extra screws and a small silver bracket left over. He was able to recover my files and, as far as I can tell, all is well.
I’m currently gathering all my important files into one folder so my son can show me how to back them up on a dvd. This time I’m going to pay attention, and I’m going to write down each step in the process so I can do it myself in the future.
This experience has reminded me of several important things:
1. Don’t procrastinate when you know doing so could be disastrous, or someday you’ll probably be sorry.
2. Preventing problems isn’t nearly as hard as fixing them.
3. Obsessive printing can be an effective means of backing up your files, but only if you organize the copies and put them somewhere you can find them.
4. Little things you take for granted can cause big problems when they aren’t there anymore.
5. Sons (and daughters) are wonderful human beings. Ok, that one I didn’t need to be reminded of since I always believe my children are wonderful.
Several people gave me suggestions for backing up my computer, and I will look into each of those methods so I am not dependent on one source. Thanks everyone!
How many places do you have your important files backed up? If you only had time to rescue one thing before your computer crashed, what would you save—pictures, business files, or your writing files? Do you have any computer horror stories to share?