May 25, 2011

Cryin' Time!


This little device
can save
you from having to use
a LOT of these!


A few days ago our beloved 'Mama Computer' was attacked by an extremely malicious virus that caused it to become completely crippled. Even the infamous Geek Squad couldn't help to resolve the problem. Our only recourse was to wipe the hard drive clean and start from scratch. (Sniff, sniff!) Thank goodness for a son who has a touch of Geek somewhere in his DNA. He's trying to put all of the pieces back together as I speak.

If I can help save one person from suffering the heartache of losing everything, then this post will have done it's job. Please, please back-up all of your files regularly and religiously. Getting into the habit of backing up your work takes very little time and can save you a lot of agony and aggrevation- not to mention tissues!

It's going to take many man hours to install all of the old programs and get 'Big Mama' back to operating at the level of where she was before the crash, but I've been backing up my work every few days. Yes, I've lost a few things that would've been nice to have.  But. . . the priceless things like the family pictures, my artwork, collage sheets and documents are safe and sound on a portable hard drive and a flash drive. Just remember . . . it's much better to be safe than oh, so very sorry!

May your day be filled with beautiful surprises!

29 comments:

kimmie said...

Oh I do so hope that the boy with a touch of geek DNA can work some miracles for you!!! What a horror story!

sharon said...

You are so lucky if he can save some things for you! Just went thru it myself and lost EVERYTHING...live and learn!
Sending you good karma!

Sharon said...

Oh Terri I am so sorry. I bought back up a year ago as I was afraid of this. Hope you can save everything.

Outstanding Stranger said...

I am so glad you had some of your files backed up Terri...what a loss it would be to loose all your wonderful work..I have the biggest part of my stuff saved but need to do it alittle more often. Love and Hugs and thanks for the heads up... Diane

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've had the same problem, except I backed my hard drive up using zip drives and floppy disks that would not work when I upgraded to a new computer. And I didn't have any geeks to help get mine back on track. Old backup systems didn't work and couldn't be retrieved. So I finally backed things up online through my friend Scott's system he pays for. It just made sense. I hope you get yours straightened out very soon. I know how long it takes to get things back (and you never get it back just right, either).

Theresa said...

ACK!!!! I hope you recover each and every piece back Terri.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Ouch, Ouch, I do hope you can recover as much as possible, thankful for geek sons.....xox Corrine

Astrid Maclean said...

Terri, so sorry you had to go through all this, but so glad you managed to safe most.

Thanks for this post, I have never backed up anything and don t even know how to go about it (other than putting it on a stick). Will find out now as soon as I can. My DHs laptop, which is his "mama" just had a terrible virus. Have nt heard the details yet as still away from home, but will learn this back up thingy now as soon as I get back, so thanks so much for taking the time to write up that post!!

Martina2801 said...

My goodness, that's really a nightmare ..... I hope it's now all right again? That reminds me: I should again make a backup .....

Lynn said...

Oh no, I am SO sorry it didn't work out Terri, I really am.

Come on over and see my Lilacs, it might cheer you up :)

~*~Patty S said...

When I first looked at the first photo...I thought it was a thermometer LOL ... a disease of another kind OH MY!

Sorry you are under that kind of stress...praises to your talented boy there to help save the day!

we back up another way...me not techie...so the lingo escapes me...thank you for the reminder to catch up...NOW

Very Best of luck with that Terri!
oxo

Taluula said...

Good on you, Miss Terri, for having the foresight to back up your stuff regularly. I hope 'geekish' son manages to get big Mamma back on track.

Terri said...

I holding out a bucket to catch all of those tears. I'm so sorry you are going through this. I'll check in on you later to see how it's going. I'm off to do some backing up.

myartsdesire said...

Big gulp. So sorry, Terri. What a nightmare...I've had this happen and I am still bad about not backing anything up. Thanks for the tearful reminder and I hope that your in-house lifesaver can piece back the missing parts. Or at least the majority of them. Xo

Lori Saul said...

So sorry to hear of your computer trouble snd yes, we have external backup- very important. There seems to be alot of computer (and Blogger) problems these days. I do hope your son can help save your files. It almost takes a degree in computer science these days to keep up. I want to thank you for your lovely comment and visit and I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday weekend Terri!

Rosie said...

Oh Terri, I feel for you... So glad Boy Wonder has been training you and I have high hopes for Big Mama too.
I know backing up is a pain and I rarely do it, but I do save all my arty files, pics and accounts to 2 external hard drives AND 2 pocket-drives! Talk about paranoid - but, at least I feel the odds are on my side!
Thanks for your lovely comments and I wish you a solid weekend too! xoxoxo

Marit said...

Ah Terry, that's awful! Glad you back up a lot. I do too (since our company works a lot on the computer, we back up all the work every evening) It may take time and a lot of work before you are back 'full force' on a healthy computer though. Good luck with that!

whymsicalmusings said...

OH TERRI how awful! But I agree those little sticks are a true life saver! Perhaps when they crash it is our computers way of saying time to do some spring cleaning! Isn't if horrible though! I hope you recover all of your much neede info. Isn't it crazy how dependant we have become on a little metal cased box:)
Thank you for the sweet post on my blog it made me smile and made my day!
XOXOXOX
Becky

Amy said...

I wish I knew how to do a backup..I am not computer savvy..
Sorry to hear about this..it would surely make me sad and cry..I can understand completely. HUGS

Kathy said...

Oh, man. That really stinks. Glad you were backing most of your stuff up. Go get an external hard drive. They aren't expensive and plug right into a usb port. I back everything up on it. I basically save everything twice. Plus it adds another whopping amount of gigs to your 'puter. Glad you didn't lose too, too much. Hope your weekend is better! - Kathy

Healing Woman said...

My computer geek friend has me backing everything constantly. These technological beauties come into the home as a guest and become a thief-I think that is a quote of sorts from Kahil Gibran. They rob you of your time, energy an money. Good luck Terri. I hope you are able to get back to normal soon...well? What is normal anyway?

Trudi Sissons said...

Gosh Terri - that is such an awful thing to have happen! I hope he will be able to retrieve everything!
Apart from internal back ups - I also have an external service that backs everything up - have you thought of that as well? I think it's worth it! The one I use is Backblaze and it backs up all of my drives (including my external ones)

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh; yes - this is frustrating and tissues are in order. Sorry about your computer woes and backing up files is critical - I learned that a few years back after a crash.

I'm having blogger woes; cannot sign in or post :( It's been 3 days and I did report it.

Happy Memorial Day and I love the new video!

xxoo

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Oh Terri, this could have been so much worse. Glad to hear you will be able to retrieve most of your files with only the odd exception. Keep smiling.

Gaby Bee said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your computer trouble, Terri. This is really frustrating. I do hope you can recover as much as possible!

Gaby xo

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Oh yikes! I can't imagine what you have been going through! Big hugs! I hope everything gets back to normal for you soon!

Elizabeth Golden said...

I know this was a stressful time. It is incredible how dependent we are on these machines! Thank goodness your son was able to get you up and running. What a relief!

Becky F said...

I'm glad to hear that you didn't lose your files!

I had to rebuild my system after my grandson managed to get it bogged down with a bunch of bad things.

It was no fun, and took a lot of hours to do.

Terri's so right about backing up your files.

Ruby said...

This is a great reminder, Terri. Back-up is really important because computers can very unpredictable. It may look fine one time, but before you know it, it suddenly crashes due to malware or a glitch in the system. It’s always better to be prepared, right? Thanks for sharing this. And I hope your computer is up and running by now.

Ruby Badcoe @ Williams Data Management