Don’t Even Look at it the Wrong Way!

I don’t know what happened this morning but my computer was deceased for a few hours. It made a clicking noise and could not load up anything, did not get to Windows (far from it). I thought it was a hard drive failure. Which was really not good cause it’s been awhile since I backed up all my photos, drawings and writing and other bits of stuff I fool myself that I can not do without.

I tried a couple of times, no luck. I used my “women and children first” disk and hoped I would at least still have a functional computer at the end of it, knew I would lose all the data. But that did not work either. So, sad at heart and feeling like someone who only phones people when I need something… I called my sister to see if her husband was out in Barrie today. They have a second business here in my town. But he wasn’t. She did say that he could rebuild/ repair my hard drive so all was not lost. But, she agreed with me that it was unlikely I would still have photos and the rest intact.

So, I came back here and thinking to be prepared, I shut it all down and then pulled it out and tipped it over (gently) so I could read that tightly-typed sticker with the serial number for my Acer Aspire PC and the other sticker with the Windows register number. I wrote them all down, making sure to write clearly so I didn’t have a B instead of an 8 anywhere. Then I put the computer back in it’s regular spot.

I thought I could give it one more try just to see if maybe it might change it’s mind about the whole dead as a doornail thing. It Did!!!! I couldn’t believe it. I was not expecting anything but more of that clicking noise. But Windows came right up as if nothing had happened. I checked for my files and they are all here. But, it was running really slow when I tried to copy files onto a second disk so I could back them up and then delete them from the hard drive. I still don’t trust it to not be dead again if I shut it down. So I am spending countless hours trying to back everything up from more than a year of photos and so on. I usually do it a lot more often but not having a real CD to install Windows Vista again has kept me from going through with my routine back up and reformat of the hard drive. I’ve missed it. Nice to start with a completely fresh PC again. Knowing there isn’t any junk on it at all. 🙂

Anyway, I will be doing this backing up for days I think. Wish I could find a better way to do it. A lot of photos of my sisters kids which I am sending to her in zip files and then deleting from here. If I get all those done I might be able to save the rest of the stuff which is just mine onto one CD. I can’t find my DVDs though I should have 2 packages of them, one not even opened yet. I’m not Ms. Organized though so they will turn up someday when I don’t need them at all. Of course.

Happy New Year. This is an interesting start to mine. Could be seen as a good thing. It will seem a lot more to the good once I get it all done.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Even Look at it the Wrong Way!”

  1. Ugh! I hope you can save it all. What a drag. External HD prices have dropped so much you should look into a second drive to back up everything onto. Even though I do that I also back up to DVDs occasionally too. Depending on what size drive you might need for backup you should be able to get a fairly large one for minimal cost.

  2. Great feeling when you think it’s over and then voila! 🙂 Mine started shutting down out of the blue and I tried to fix it but nothing. One day it just didn’t turn on anymore and until this day I have all my files there and have no idea if I’ll be able to get them. I have been using my daughter’s pc for months since I can’t afford to have it fixed.

  3. Good luck, hope you get everything backed up before it dies for good… I know I should do regular backups as well but it’s the kind of thing we tend to think of doing tomorrow!

  4. At least you know how to do stuff like that! I just use the damn thing…maintenance is not my bag baby! But I must learn. My cuz, told me how to but I forgot and am a total ditz when it comes to puter maintenance.

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