Wrote up this post at 12:40 AM the night before last;
Can’t Catch a Break
So incredibly frustrated.
Thomas is currently trying to fix my computer because it seems like it was unplugged in the middle of a critical update, and then shut down in the middle of reverting the changes. Down on our luck entirely over the past few months, with the downtime from More Than Just Surviving’s old web host, the countless things we’ve had to catch up on because of that lost time, and now this. It’s almost crippling.
I feel like I’ve been hoping for things to settle down for years but they never really do, do they? Just one thing after another.
Guess you gotta learn to fight, and accept the losses as they come.
I was pretty convinced I was going to lose all my data when I wrote that, horrified at the fact that I hadn’t installed Backblaze as Thomas had suggested months and months prior. I usually do what I can to make sure I don’t lose any data – but I’ve got to admit, like anyone, I’m a bit of a procrastinator when making back ups of information I’m not done using yet.
After approximately 10-12 hours of Thomas working away at my hard drive, by around 6:00 AM or so, he woke me up to let me know that he finally managed to recover the data. Took us about another 40 minutes to copy and paste that data over to another hard drive, and then finally we were able to call it a day. What a way to end Christmas.
Data loss ain’t no joke in this household – at least not for me. Thomas is perfectly happy writing off his losses whenever he loses data that isn’t particularly important. He backs up pretty much everything anyway, just in case, but if he happens to be down on his luck and, say, loses some pictures, he’s okay chalking that down to bad luck and moving on. I’m the opposite. If I lose my photos, even if they were only from the past month or two, I get pretty upset. Data means a lot to me.
I doubt I would’ve been able to recover the data on my hard drive without Thomas. I certainly never would have been able to do it myself; the best chance I could have had without him around to help would have been to buy a new SSD, pay for someone to replace it with my old one, start from scratch, and then look for someone who might be able to recover the data on my old SSD for me. Likely, I’d never find someone with the ability to do that, and even if I did, it’d surely cost a lot to do it.
I’m still horrified at the thought that my computer’s going to go bust again… don’t really trust it at the moment. But hey, at least it’s not too difficult to start over from scratch. I don’t use all that many programs anymore – 2-3 besides all the browsers I use; quick and easy to install. And since Chrome and Firefox restore my settings once I log in, there isn’t much, if any, of a loss for me when I start anew on a computer, so long as I still have all my old data.
Anyway, Thomas really saved the day here. I genuinely don’t think anyone would’ve bothered to try this hard to get my data off a hard drive – either way, so grateful to have the old data back now, safe and sound, and that he’s so ridiculously tech savvy that I guess we did catch a break with this one in the end.
Now to get started with Backblaze…