Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Life

About 15 months ago, my computer hard drive did its awful best to end its life.  Since, for me, hope sometimes springs eternal, I did not dispose of the drive.  I got estimates for data recovery and tried different DIY methods to recover the data.  None of these were successful or practical.  Recently, after burning through the third hard drive, I took my laptop in for repairs.  I found someone in the neighborhood, with good online reviews.

On Saturday morning, I took the laptop in, and also included the old hard-drive, explaining the history.  I wasn't sure if he would need it for the post-mortem.

That evening, I got a call from him.  He needed to talk me.  Uh oh.

I drove to his place and, there, on his table, was my laptop, running.  The good news was that it was working again.  The bad news is that he could not guarantee how long it would last.  But then, there was more news.  The old hard drive is definitely kaput.  Fried.  However...he was able to recover all the data, about 32G worth.  He wanted to know if I wanted the data.  I think I drove home to get the external drive and came back before he was done with the question.  All this for less than the price of a family night out at Olive Garden.

Sunday afternoon, I picked up the external drive and drove home. I plugged it in and immediately started looking for one folder in particular.


There it was.  Character sketches, outlines, descriptions, and pages of text.  I was up way past bedtime just getting back into the groove of writing.  It was good to immerse myself into the life of the character.  When I lost the data, I did not even know where to start.  I didn't have the energy to start over.  Now, it's like the book, and character, have been given a new life.

Here we go

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Congrats, and one more reason to keep backups of important docs/files!