Nine lives

21 11 2015

It is with horribly heavy heart that I report that the current external hard drive on which I store main photo files is – in the words of the computer repair guy – “toast.” He didn’t actually say “dead,” but the words “not alive” were spoken.

The good news is that my files are backed up as of a month ago. The bad news is that photos filed in the last month are “toast.”

The title of the post refers to the fact that it was one of my cats who caught the power cord and pulled the hard drive off the coffee table I use as a desk. It also means this particular drive didn’t have an extraordinary tenth life available. Sadly. 😦

Posts are on hold until after the following: a) another visit to the ponies, b) getting my good (backup) hard drive back from the computer guy (who lives an hour and a half away) and c) early Thanksgiving with some far-flung neighbors this weekend.

It’s pretty amazing that this is the first time in my personal computer history that a hard drive has failed. It happens sooner or later to everyone. … Right? Argh.


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11 responses

21 11 2015
Prairie girl

So, so sorry! I’d be horrified…
Go see the horses. They will cheer you up. (Take LOTS of pictures!)
And happy thanksgiving, 🙂

21 11 2015
TJ

Thanks, Lynn. 🙂 It definitely is a main part of the plan (always) to see the horses. They always DO cheer me up – even when I’m already happy! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

21 11 2015
puller9

TJ, I have all of your posts. If you want a copy, let me know. photos should be on that as well. Just give me dates. I can send you a thumb drive.

21 11 2015
TJ

Thanks so much, Puller. All the posts are accessible by archive on the blog, and it’s just the last three photos (the actual files – actually, that whole file from the whole last visit I had with the horses) that I lost with the HD crash. Fortunately, I scheduled those posts to run ahead. Unfortunately, there were a few more posts – with a few more photos – that I hadn’t yet scheduled. It’s not the end of the world, and maybe one day I’ll be able to recover something off of that HD (currently, the estimate given was $1,000 to $2,000 or more (!)).

Lessons learned: Back up, back up, back up! And keep external hard drives – and their cords – away from being kitty hazards! 🙂

21 11 2015
marytherese

Hi TJ, so sorry! Maybe your kitty wants some blog time.
Thank you for all your advocating for your beautiful four legged family. Have a wonderful time with your friends.

21 11 2015
TJ

Ha – she could have gone about it in a less destructive way. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

21 11 2015
Karen Schmiede

IYes,it has happened to a lot of us. Have a great Thanksgiving. I look forward to future posts.

21 11 2015
TJ

Your heart just sinks at the loss of that information, doesn’t it? But there are worse things. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

21 11 2015
Sue Story

TJ, so sorry to read this; I know losing pictures is just the pits, but these pictures especially. Will look forward to new ones when you post them and have a happy Thanksgiving.

21 11 2015
TJ

Lesson of the day: Back up often! But there are many memories in place of those photos, so that’s OK. And there are more visits and photos to come – that’s the awesome part! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dennis!

23 11 2015
Lynn and Kathy

Oh, we can just hear the “Oh crap!” Sorry this happened to you of all people. If there’s anything we can do, well, you know we’re here. Have a great Thanksgiving and take care out there! 🙂

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