To crash or not to crash - your choice!
We cruise along in life thinking everything is okay, I’ll do that later; I’m too busy at the moment, I’ll do it tonight, too tired tonight, I’ll leave it until the weekend when I’ve got more time. Come, weekend, I just want to relax!
I back up my PC fairly regularly, work has been so busy, it’s crazy – crazy good. It’s in the back of my mind, ‘back-up your work’. Yep, I’ll do it in a day or so. Just the other day, for the life of me, I do not know why I do what I do sometimes. It drives me mad and it drives everyone else around me mad!
It was late and I thought ‘well, I’ll do it now and add ‘this folder’ (most important one) to the flash drive now’. Got the process started and – don’t ask me why, I don’t know – I thought, ‘oh, this is going to take ages’. I’ll stop it and do it tomorrow. I cancelled the transfer of files and deleted the folder that had semi-transferred to the external drive. I thought what was on the desktop still, was intact – why wouldn’t it be? I didn’t delete any files from there.
I deleted the folder in the external drive thinking the original folder on my desktop was well and truly intact.
That dreaded, yuk, ugly, yuk feeling came upon me, and I clicked on my folder on the desktop and it was nearly all gone! And there was B-all in the folder on the external drive. Needless to say, I did not sleep much at all that night. I was gutted. And here I was looking at the monitor on my PC which read: “Don’t be so hard on yourself
”. Get real! I was PO’d with myself for doing such a stupid thing and for not backing up earlier when I should have.
I had a tech come next morning, did a system restore – system restore… nothing! It deleted heaps more of my files! I can hear all you techies out there (if you are reading this) – I know you know the answers and what went down and what could have been done to redeem that dreaded situation. Anyway, another option was pursued and it just went from bad to worse.
My friend came in the lounge where I sat, “I’m so sorry, your computer has crashed!” I just cried, I was gutted, still am but getting over myself… very slowly!
So, he did a reboot, I got a brand new PC out of it! Now, in the aftermath, it is definitely head down Rse up! I can see the good coming through, but the loss is still evident to me. I felt like I crashed with my PC, talk about grief and anguish – I can’t say here just how much was lost. I could go on and on, in spite of myself, I am still moving forward to redeem the situation and hopefully see some good come out of it.
I guess the message is:
- Don’t be a wise-ass, and take things for granted. Back up your PC regularly, daily! “Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!” – W. Clement Stone
- Don’t get so busy that you don’t stop to do what is important – whatever that is.
- Choose a time that suits (evening when your day is done, and you’ve had dinner etc.), and back up your PC!
- Dare I say it: “Don’t be so hard on yourself, even when you are stupid!”
p.s. I back up every evening now!
Lenna K. Millar (Director)
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