You hear stories of people having things break and go wrong and they end up loosing all there files all the time and you always think “that wont happen to me” right? So did I. I never backed up any of my files or anything for that matter. And the other day this came back to bite me.
The other day I woke up and decided to edit some photos as I hadn't done any for awhile so needed to catch up (I don't like leaving photos unedited in Lightroom, a bit of OCD I think) so after editing a few my pc started to run slow, I leave my pc on overnight usually as I fall asleep watching a programme or YouTube mainly. So I decided to restart my pc as this usually does the trick, when I clicked restart it said there was an update that needed to be done. I thought while it was doing the update I would get some breakfast and a cup of tea as I had just got straight up and went on the computer.
After about 30 minutes I returned to see a black screen and a spinning circle so I thought I would sit down and wait as usually when it gets to that stage its not far from being done. Another 5 minutes pass and nothing as happened, then another 5 minutes and nothing. Now i'm getting frustrated so I decide to do a few bits and bobs around the flat that need doing. After about another 30 minutes I come back and it is still on the same screen. I am adamant it has crashed as it never usually stays in that screen for that long. I decided my best bet was to hold down the power button and restart the pc.
The pc turns back on and then carries on with the update fine, passes were it was stuck at and then does its thing, all of a sudden it starts up after updating and gives me the windows welcome screen? This doesn't usually happen after updating I am thinking to myself. So OK just go with it and then log in and wait for it to load.
It Popped UP!
The background that I had was nowhere to be seen, Now I am panicking. My apps down the side had gone. Are my files still there? I ask myself.
Everything was gone! It had somehow wiped all my files and apps when it had updated. As you can imagine I was not very happy at this point. I didn't know what to do, all my personal pictures and all my photos I had ever taken was gone!
Now I see why its extremely important to back all your files up regularly!
I went into a computer shop on my way down to town a bit later that day to see if they could recover the data. Luckily they said they could but it would cost around £50 to be honest I didnt really care how much it cost I just wanted to get my photos back.
We got home and Tabitha said look to see how much space is left on the hard-rive to see if there still on there somewhere. I checked and there was still loads of space being used. So decided to check in every single folder and file I could to see if they had somehow been moved when it all went wrong.
There They WERE!!!
I do not know how, but all my files had been transferred into a different folder inside another folder?
I was so happy that I hadn't lost all my memories and hard work. So I grabbed my USB stick and backed up the most important ones as it was only 16gb so I couldn't back them all up.
I went straight onto Amazon and ordered a 1TB external hard drive. I was not taking any risks now I just wanted to make sure that I wouldn't actually lose them if this happened again.
All this because I was to tight and arrogant to not put my hand in my pocket and spend the time backing up all my files.
Why? Would you not protect precious memories and all your hard work?
I very nearly learnt the hard way. Luckily I managed to get back everything but I am still having to restore it to how it used to be and then back it all up which is so much longer now then it would have been if I just did it to begin with when I didn't have as much.
Don't be a fool like me and don't think it won't happen to you. You may never make a mistake or break anything but with technology that isn't enough as things always happen that are out of your control.
Take the time, effort and money to protect your hard work and memories. They mean a lot.
Don't follow paths, Create them!