You hear about it all the time.  Someone forgets to back up and the system crashes, and you lose everything you have been working on.  It happens.

And it just happened to me.

My laptop is a present from my Dad and was my Aunty Jill’s who died of cancer a few years ago.  It is one of the few links I have to my Aunty and I am always appreciative to my Dad for giving it to me.  I have personalised it with a cover sticker of roses.  The battery doesn’t work, so I have to always have it plugged into the mains.  It is an old machine, but it is mine, and it is special to me.

My beloved laptop died.  When I tried to turn it on this morning, it kept telling me that there was an error and needed to restart, and restart, and restart… I couldn’t get onto the c drive to recover my documents, it kept telling me there were errors.  So I bit the bullet and reinstalled Windows XP.

Well the computer lives (thank goodness), but everything except what is on my memory stick is lost.  Thankfully I have some stories up to date, but I have lost approximately 20k off Blood Gold and about 5k off my Gothic Novel.  But that is OK.  They are only words and can be replaced.  I think I am more gutted about the Gothic Novel because I had been studiously working on that one, trying to get it to a finished enough level to get it out to readers by the end of September… oh well.

Big Lesson learned – back up every night before turning the laptop off!

A Big Lesson Learned
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6 thoughts on “A Big Lesson Learned

  • August 26, 2011 at 8:58 am
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    Oh Catherine, I am so sorry about the words you lost, but you are right…they can be replaced and it is important to back up and save. Good luck on your writing.

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    • August 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm
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      Thanks Christy, words can be replaced, but laptops can’t, especially on our finances. Everything is all about backing up and saving now! 🙂

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  • August 27, 2011 at 6:49 am
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    Oh no! What a horrible thing to happen. Not fun at all – glad you are feeling okay about it. As you say, they are words and they can be replaced – usually they are even better the second time around!

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    • August 27, 2011 at 10:23 am
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      Having a bad time today about it. Discovered last night I lost about 20k from my iceplanet story – pretty much the changes I made through the story and the ending. At least they are still in my mind.

      The sad part today is, I just don’t want to write anymore. Hopefully this will be over and done with soon, but I feel more gutted than I have probably let on.

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  • September 5, 2011 at 5:49 am
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    Eep! That’s always so horrible. It’s happened to me before and I think I only lost 2,000 words or so but it was in the middle of NaNoWriMo (I was backing up every couple days) and I had struggled so hard to get those words out.

    The 20K on Blood Gold made me cringe but I understand how The Gothic Novel is a worse loss.

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    • September 5, 2011 at 8:36 am
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      Thanks Kerryn, it is only after reflection that the real shock hit. Will have to revise my goals for the year now.

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