If any of you follow my twitter you probably know that I didn’t experience quite a nice evening last night because my computer decided to crash. Since it has crashed before I didn’t think much of it and decided to try and fix the problem with my adept computer skills. Basically I Googled things until something magical happened on my computer. After a few minutes of trying all the standard methods to get things working it started to get frustrating. I had been planning to buy a computer for a while now but never really got around to it. Since money is still an issue and I can’t justify getting a new computer because my old one still technically runs, I decided to hold off. A week ago I finally decided I will wait until February until a new model of _________ come out and buy it. So after this happens it is safe to say that I wasn’t exactly in the best mood since it would push me back a day on working on various things such as projects and this website.
I have run into the problem before but decided to ignore backing up constantly since I figure it was a one time thing. It is quite rare for something like this to happen, but nevertheless I backed up some data (roughly a month or so ago). Now quite a lot can happen in a month apparently. Projects, research, other random things on the net. And let’s not forget the endless number of programs you install to get your computer just right. So what exactly happened? Well basically this:
My entire harddrive has been wiped. I have no old files except the months of old data I happened to back up after the first crash. Never learn do I? I managed to get a lot of customization back because I have done this more than I wish to say. I ran programs to try and recover old data but most of it ended up corrupted in the reformat and proved to be irretrievable. Lovely. The website is up and safe thanks to it being a remote server and I can still get the data from it by simply downloading it through my FTP. All 10,000+ files. Thanks to my backup I wasn’t too discouraged and I knew a few tricks to get back the data I lost. Luckily I email myself constantly different projects that I complete off dumb luck. However, one thing didn’t get saved. One thing that has been lost and gone, my research.
My entire research project has been wiped cleaned and hurled me back three weeks of progress. That’s right, all the coding, formatting, and enjoyment completely swept away. Needless to say my graduate students probably aren’t too thrilled with the thought. So basically I just wanted to let you guys know that my planned updates and reviews might not come out as soon as I hoped. Also a bit of ranting to ease the pain.
But this also begs the question, what would you do if your computer was completely wiped with no retrievable data?