Remember that little computer problem I had? Well, I sent my laptop into HP and they replaced the broken part. They also gave me new hinges, a new screen and a new EMPTY hard drive. Yeah, they took mine out and put in a new one. And the small print says they can do that.
So I've got that going for me.
The past few weeks, I've been piecing together everything and trying to make my computer whole again. I lost a lot, but not everything. My genealogy is on a private tree at Ancestry.com. Many of my old pictures are saved in the Ancestry tree or on Geni.com. My dad also has copies.
RootsMagic was easy to re-install, so I'm back in business there, but I lost the art file for my business card so I'll have to try to re-create that.
I lost some more recent family photos and all my quirky cemetery photos. That just means I need to go on more road trips to build up another collection.
What kills me the most is that I lost my ProGen assignment I worked so hard on in November. A fifteen-page business plan that's just gone and I have to start all over. By the way, because I did this assignment in two weeks, it fell through the monthly back up schedule. Something to think about with your important projects.
I do a lot of note taking in Microsoft Word. Because they are "just notes" I never took them seriously in my back-ups. Now I wish I had.
So why am I telling you this? Because I'm entering the Geneabloggers Data Backup Weekend Contest. If anyone is a candidate for a new backup system for my EMPTY computer, it's me. My old system had me storing stuff all over the place. Now I'm trying to hunt it all down again. It's time I streamline the backup process, and this is my next step.
So let this be a lesson to you. Make like a delivery truck and BACK IT UP, kids.