|Memorial Tribute in Light, New York City, NY|
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. I had my post all ready for today, way ahead of schedule, knowing my post would be on 9/11. I was feeling so smug about it too. Sometimes it's a little more work to think of what I want to write about and sometimes it just comes easily. I had my post for today planned out, drafted and ready to input into Blogger. It was a post about September 11 and what that means to everyone in this country, how that event connects all of us Americans and brings out our patriotism.
However, that smugness was gone in an instant when I turned on my computer a few days ago and found that it was dead. Deader than a doornail. The tech guy who came out said there was no recovering anything from the hard drive. What? I was sick! My beautiful post for today was gone with no way to recover it and try as I might, I could not rewrite it to come out the way I wanted it to.
Please don't lecture me about the benefits of backing up. I know. I really do. And I'm extremely good about backing up my photos. They are always backed up at least two places before I ever reformat my memory card in my camera, so no photos were lost. Whew!
But with each passing hour, I thought of more and more things that were gone and it got me thinking about how much we rely on this technology and the connection it gives us to so many people, places and things. How could I not have all this stuff that is so important to me backed up? Okay, I told you not to lecture me so I'd better not lecture myself, but I am hoping you learn from my mistake.
I'm sure you've all heard this quote:
"It's not if your computer is going to crash, it's when."
But we never think it's going to happen to us. At least I didn't. I do have a laptop (where I am at the moment) but I use it so seldom, mainly when I'm traveling, and there is little to nothing on it. My connection to everything on my desktop computer, years and years of information, had been severed.
But there's a happy ending to this story. After several phone calls to data recovery places in town, all of them were quite negative. Finally, I decided to take my hard drive in to Best Buy's Geek Squad and within five minutes the tech was telling me that all my data was recoverable! I just had to purchase a large EHD for them to transfer the data onto and then pay them $99 to do it. I almost kissed the guy!
So I was lucky, but I'm not going to count on my luck any more. I knew this was something I never wanted to experience again, so I will be signing up for an off-site back up plan as soon as my computer is up and running again. I hope this little story will convince you to do the same and back up your important files. It's like that sign we see in the dentist office: "You don't need to floss all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!"
Please post your comments on this subject. Have you had the same or similar thing happen to you? Do you use a back-up service to make sure it never does?
Be sure to post your "connection" photos in our Fickr group for a possible In Focus selection. There have been so many great ones so far! Sharing your thoughts and photos helps us all stay connected and today I am especially grateful for the connection I feel with all of you.