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!