So, I’ve been absent from blogging for about a week. It’s not that I haven’t had a lot to say – that’s for sure – I’ve just been busy pulling the pieces of my broken virtual life back together. Thanks to my vacuum cleaner. Consider this a lesson on why you should never vacuum, ever!
Last week, I was actually having a great morning: I didn’t have to work, I was making a dent in the laundry mountain and steadily eliminating the dust from all the various corners of our house, well, family room (but I had big dreams for the rest of the house!)
So, I stopped vacuuming for a moment to pull up the couch cushions.
Big mistake, I thought I’d locked the vacuum handle into place, stepped forward and the handle fell back to the floor. On the way to it’s final resting spot, however, the handle bounced off my open MacBook. Right over the hard drive.
No physical damage was evident so I thought I was okay but when I tried to work a little bit later…that’s when I realized the real damage.
No hard drive. My computer slowly died as I tried to shut it down and it would not respond to any attempt at revival.
I didn’t panic, I have my music and pictures backed up on an external hard drive. I thought, “I’m good.”
It wasn’t until later that I understood – those two libraries were safe but nothing else. Nothing to do with my day-to-day, none of my emails (prior to Jan 17, 2014) none of the pictures I use on my blog, nothing I’ve written or started writing to post “later,” nothing stored on my desktop, none of the apps I’ve paid for and downloaded from 3rd party vendors, none of my digital gift certificates, none of my photography and jewelry books and none of my log-ins and passwords for any of my servers, websites, hosts, etc. It was all gone.
After 3 days without my computer, while Apple replaced the hard drive and tried to retrieve my information, I started to feel the enormity of what I’d lost.
This has been a small nightmare. Just as an example: it took me a whole day to figure out how to get into my own website without the password autofill and no certain idea of what my log-in info actually was. I had recently changed it to something non-logical and “un-hackable.” And the log-in and password were stored in a file on my now-crashed hard-drive.
I did get a quote from a data company and for a mere $700-$2,400 max, they will take a look and try to extract my data for me.
I’ve got that cash right in my front pocket.
So, I’m sitting on that quote. And slowly but surely rebuilding my presence/digital life and gaining access to my “stuff.”
The one lingering doubt I still have is about my home movies. I’ve got to figure out the movie situation – whether or not I have any of the videos we’ve taken over the past 12 years of the kids growing up. That would probably be the kicker on purchasing the data extraction service for me – if I don’t have them I will have to send in that hard drive and hope for the low end of the quote.
I’ve definitely learned a few lessons: turn on Time Machine at least once a day; back up your whole hard drive, not just parts; close your laptop when you aren’t using it.
And never, ever vacuum.
At least not near your open and vulnerable MacBook.
Coming soon: a post on the best options for backing up your hard drive and the crazy cost of data extraction services!
Have you ever lost your hard drive? Do you have a nightmare story like mine? I’d love to hear it!
Thanks for stopping by!