my life electronically
My life electronically.
Somewhat backed up.
Blue screen of death.
Panic sets in.
It could have been the un-backed-up computer, the one with my writing and presenting and professional living and so much work I’d never be able to recreate it. Perhaps, just maybe, this is as important as my photos and scrapbooking and family living that is backed up. The blue screen of death isn’t so bad when it’s on a computer that’s backed up. In fact, I’ve found the blue screen of death isn’t terrifying when I’ve responsibly backed up my files.
So today, instead of cleaning the cupboards and the laundry baskets and the refrigerator, I cleaned up my computer. I dug out the external hard drive and plugged it in. 2011 was the last time it ran a backup. I’ve done a lot of writing and presenting and documenting in my professional life since 2011. So much, in fact, my hard drive is almost filled.
So I began the grueling process of deleting what’s no longer needed and moving folders from my computer hard drive to the external hard drive. Then I signed up for another Carbonite
membership that will back up both my computer and my external hard drive. My professional living ought to be backed up too.
Fortunately the blue screen of death was easily fixed by my go-to computer store
. No files were lost. No viruses. No problem. I don’t need to endure the long process of downloading my files from Carbonite
to my restored computer. I’ll just pick up my laptop, pay a small fee, and bring it home to use again.
The panic, though, it’s sticking with me. The what if
it would have been my other computer, the what if
I lost files that were not backed up, that feeling is enough for me to spend my snow day doing the tedious chore of being a responsible
writer and speaker and educator by creating a backup. The panic is not worth it, especially when Carbonite
makes it easy for me to automatically backup my files. I like having a current backup that is not dependent on me remembering to run it! Plus I can access all of my files from online and even from my phone.
Now if only I can catch up with printing my photos!
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