Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Saga of the Computer Hard Drive

A few weeks ago, I went to turn on my laptop, like I do every night, and nothing happened. It 'tried' to boot up for almost an hour. Uh oh.

[Insert minor freak-out.]

My Business Man attempted a few things via Apple support but we had no luck. I decided to take it to the only computer shop in the Bean Town that works on Macs... and waited a few days for them to call me back.

I finally got a call back, and was told the computer hard drive was completely crashed. Womp womp. All my recipes, GONE! My business plan, GONE! All my pictures, GONE! All my math teaching documents, GONE! (Though I wasn't too upset about that...)

Yes, I am the brilliant person that has been using the same laptop for 4 years without backing anything up at all.

So, I did what any person would do. Decided the people here in Lima must not know what they're talking about, so I took it to the Apple store in Columbus. Of course they told me the same thing. (At least I coerced a friend to go along with me and we had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.)

The fine folks at the Apple store suggested that I send it away to a company called DriveSavers... a data recovery service based out of California. I figured I might as well give them a call.

Well, after finding out it would cost anywhere from $1500-3500 just to recover the data, I was all set to just cut my losses. (And start recipe testing. And re-writing that business plan.)

And then the man on the phone asked, "Well, do you have business insurance?" And then I just laughed and laughed. Of course I do. And my HUSBAND is my insurance agent! Why hadn't we thought of that?

So I learned that State Farm is pretty awesome - they covered not only the data recovery but also the replacement of my laptop. (I know! So crazy!)

So clean, so sparkly!

So, less than 2 weeks later, I have a bright & shiny new laptop and all my files recovered and loaded. Well, I didn't load my teaching files to the new laptop... no real need for that. ;)

Overall, I am feeling very blessed and relieved. And you better believe I backed up that business plan!

And a cupcake pic to get you in the mood for spring...

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