10 Responses to “My own version of holiday hell”

  1. Ann December 4, 2008 at 11:54 PM #

    Ouch, I’m sorry. I had that happen to me 3 months ago, my desktop suffered a slow and painful death. I hope they’re able to fix yours.

  2. Kristen December 4, 2008 at 11:55 PM #

    I learned this lesson the hard way and after losing 200 pages of one of the best book I’d ever written and all those photos, etc, I went the external hard drive route. Back up your stuff now and get another system in place. You’ll never regret it, but you will regret not doing it.

  3. Kym December 5, 2008 at 12:35 AM #

    My baby iBook died without warning about a month after I’d just spent a good portion of money moving from Chicago to Atlanta. Coincidentally, the new MacBooks were released two weeks later, but I can tell you it got old going to the library to print things, and I actually had a breakdown at the genius bar when they told me I might not get back all my files. It all worked out in the end, but now “back up” is my mantra.

  4. BevQB December 5, 2008 at 9:33 AM #

    OUCH! I just got a hollow feeling in my gut when I read that you’d lost 3 months of baby pictures. How AWFUL! Well, at least you’ve got everything backed up this time. I TRY to remember to back up, but then again I guess my redundancy system could be considered backup too– I never re-use my camera’s SD cards once they are full. I put them in a case and label the to-from dates.

    Although, extended warranty or not, it’s still a Royal PITA to have to send your computer in. My laptop isn’t quite dead, but I’ve been saving up problems because HP seems to require a mail in for every single little thing. But now I’ve lost wireless, so it’s going in to get all the other repairs taken care of too. Although, I don’t understand HOW a “known conflict between the motherboard and wireless card” can not show up for 1.5 years?

    Never again will I be an early buyer for a new model. ๐Ÿ™

  5. lisabea December 5, 2008 at 10:04 AM #

    I lost video of my BigGirl as Annie. So crushing.

    Angie, is this that incredibly cute laptop you had at RWA?

  6. Christine McKay December 5, 2008 at 10:50 AM #

    The Romance Writers Report should have an article on backups (onsite and off site) in May 09 written by yours truly ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. David Friend December 5, 2008 at 10:55 AM #


    David Friend, CEO of Carbonite, here. I just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for recommending Carbonite. I’m sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re having with your computer, but I’m happy to know that we’ll help you get back up and running as soon as you get your computer back.

    Situations like yours show how important it is to back up your files, yet so few people actually do it. Our research has told us that the majority of people who don’t back up would if they could find an easy solution. That’s precisely why I started Carbonite. Thanks for helping to spread the word about the importance of backup and for recommending Carbonite. We’re glad to have you as a customer.

    David Friend
    CEO, Carbonite

  8. Fedora December 5, 2008 at 2:39 PM #

    Gack! How horrible, Angela! So glad you’d had the foresight to backup. So sorry for the trouble anyway!

  9. Karin December 5, 2008 at 6:39 PM #

    That is horrible. Sounds a lot like what happened with my parents’ laptop. Luckily my brother is a computer whiz and was able to fix it for them.

    Thanks for the reminder about backing things up. I have all my pictures from the trip my brother and I took to Russia this year as well as pictures from all of my trips in the last two years. I would definitely miss them the most. All my other stuff I would miss, like papers I’ve written and whatnot, I have saved on disks as well as hard copies. My music I have is all from the CD’s I own and is backed up on my external harddrive. I think I should attach that to my laptop so I can back up my pictures there. I’m also thinking of getting a flashdrive…

  10. Regina Gordon December 6, 2008 at 11:30 PM #

    Been there, done that!! Got my very own laptop for Christmas or birthday two years (doesn’t matter they almost the same!) and about three months ago my husbands dog madr me drop it on it’s lid. Crash went the motherboard… I too, had full replacement but I never really had backed up everything and I had thousands od ebooks not to mention my male mail LMAO Plus my sons wedding, well, my life!!! If I’d had a baby and lost those, I really would have cried.

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