Wednesday, April 16, 2014

That time my computer crashed and I lost everything...

This is the sad story of how I spent two weeks with my German host family here in California showing them around my hometown and then travelling the Californian Coast up to Oregon and finally into Portland...and have no pictures to show for it.

How I spent a week in Lake Tahoe with my family for our annual summer trip...and have absolutely no pictures to show for it.

And finally how I spent a long weekend in the beautiful city of Chicago to celebrate my great-grandmother's 100th Birthday and pictures.


Right before Christmas I was working on my gifts for my students and their parents, [personalized photo calendars] and when I went to print out their quotes I heard a "zap" type of sound and then that was laptop would not turn back on.  I could have taken care of it right away, but since procrastination is key with me [side-eye] I didn't take it in tot he store until precisely three weeks ago.  When they told me they'd have to send it into the manufacturer I was also told that it shouldn't effect my hard drive.  But of course, they restored it to it's factory settings. 
Since I prepared myself for the worse, I'm handling it better than expected.  I can pay a pretty penny for a data recovery, but it may not work.  Since I am going to Palm Springs this weekend, I'll deal with recovery attempts when I get home.  For now, iphone pictures will just have to suffice :)

That being said, some things that I'll be blogging about in the near future:

 Giants games...of course ;)

Christmas festivities


summer 2013

and all of life's little happenings along the way...
fingers crossed I get the pictures back and if not...lesson learned! 
From now on I will be backing up the hard drive weekly.


  1. Awww I love this. Ps take me to napa ok?

  2. I don't think the delay actually made it worse, so you don't have to blame yourself for that. Sending it to the manufacturer almost always means resetting it to factory settings, though if you're using a Mac, it almost always has the ability to store files via Cloud storage. You could ask the store if they somehow backed up your hard drive before they restored it to default settings, but I guess that would be a long shot.

    Ruby Badcoe @ Williams Data Management

  3. Computer crashes can be really tough ordeals. There are only a few things that people can say about it, either remind you about back-ups, or pat you in the back and shake their heads while lamenting that incident. They may be tough spots to find yourself in, but do remember that there's always a way to rescue those files from hard drives that seemed gone. All the best to you!

    Cordia Remsen @ RB's Computer Service


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