So here’s a lesson for you: back up your computer. Seriously. Because you never know when yours might just up and die on you. Like mine did, this morning. Working perfectly fine one day, and the next morning it just goes black during startup… bitch.
Being the technocrat I am, my hard drive hasn’t been fully backed up since January. So six months of photos, files, music — anything that wasn’t saved or sent through the web — are gone. I don’t know why I don’t heed my own advice. I always tell my students and interns to “save early and often.” It’s my own fault, I know. Though it does piss me off that these things are built to last only a limited time before they are either rendered obsolete, or the warrantee expires (in my case, 3 years).
I’m most upset about losing my photos and our adoption paperwork. M has the photos from our little getaways, but I took a LOT of pictures that may be lost forever, including a collection of those I gathered for our adoption profile. Thankfully I printed out our home study application, but there were many other documents may disappear. Just another minor setback and lesson in the end. Not the end of the world. But back up your computer people!
I called a few experts about data retrieval, and the estimates range from $100 to basically learn that probably nothing is retrievable, to $500-2000 for a good chance of recovering some to most files, maybe. Considering that I now have to buy a new computer — not an expense I was anticipating so soon — I can’t afford to spend much on the tinkering to compensate for my idiocy. Fuck.
Anyway, I plan to sneak on M’s laptop when I can, but it may be a few days before I’m truly up and running again and able to check on you all. Sorry for those of you who couldn’t see my new bloggy card (would you laugh if I told you it cost like $10?). I hope to hand them out to a few of you next weekend…
In the meantime, I’m going to go finish a bottle of wine and actually hang out with M… peace out.