How My PC Almost Killed Me

It started out like any other ordinary day. I sipped coffee while checking email and social media.

I had no idea what was coming

9:00 AM - I opened Microsoft Word to get some real work accomplished. It surprised me that I’d left three documents open from the day before. A draft of my Boob Report and a travel post listed as Document 2 and 3 hadn’t been named. The third was my book. I rewrote 202 pages during the last week and had been hitting Control, Save without changing the file name. I checked my saved files. Whoa! The last time my computer saved my book was on 8-8 and it was 8-15. My computer had been acting glitchy after downloading 5000 photos from my vacation. I had purchased an external hard drive and had freed up another 5 GBs.

Not too worried, I pressed, “Save as” expecting the file name option to come up, when my computer froze. I got an error message, “The Dialog box is open.” What the heck is an Open Dialog Box?

9:21 - I tried everything and then called my husband Danny. He gave me the name of his IT guy, Matt.

10:57 - Matt called me back and began working on the computer via internet.

11:40 - He called to give me the bad news. “I can’t find those files anywhere. I think you’re screwed. Just Control, Alt, Delete and reboot, but you won’t be able to save your files.

11:57 - I freaked out! I called Danny in tears. “I worked all week on those stories and my rewrite. What should I do?”

“You’ll probably have to Control, Alt, Delete.”

“I’m not giving up.”

I looked at the Ctrl, Alt, Delete buttons on my computer, but my hands shook. I …couldn’t…press…the…buttons…

12:05 - I went online and Googled the “open dialog box error” message. A Microsoft support message came up. The day before, I had changed the default font from Calibri to Times Roman and had screwed the pooch. I would have to find, “C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP,” on my computer, double click to open Word, delete the default setting and then simply save my documents. Sounds easy right?

I searched everywhere for that file. I could not find it anywhere.

12:49 - I called Matt again and explained my new dilemma. “That’s not your problem. You don’t have enough memory so your computer can’t function the way it’s supposed to.  Just Control, Alt, Delete and be done with it.

I freed up more GBs and went back to work

12:59 - I called Microsoft. The tech support woman said, “If you pay $199 dollars you can get service for a year or one of our tech experts can help you today for $99. Personally, I would try Control, Alt, Delete, but most likely you will lose your files.

I continued searching in hidden files.

1:51 - I called Best Buy and spoke with one of their computer geeks. “I would Control, Alt, Delete. It is very unlikely that your computer will save your files. I am so sorry.”

I screamed, I prayed, I cried, and I cursed my computer for not having more memory. I cursed myself for not freeing up more memory.

2:00 - I had a Eureka moment. “I’ll let the computer solve the problem. It suggested “Restoring” the computer to two days ago on the 13th. AHA! My computer is so smart. It recognized the problem was the dang open dialog box in the new default setting. All I had to do was press Restore. It stated it would not alter any documents. Woohoo! I’ll fix it myself! I did a happy dance around my office.

 2:14 - I called Danny and shouted, “I fixed it!”

He said he was proud of me for not giving up and for figuring it out by myself. While he was talking, I watched the Restore bar move in waves as the computer restored to its defaults from two days ago.

“You should call Matt and tell him. Maybe it will help someone else.”

2:21 - I called Matt and explained what I was doing.


I hung up and freaked out. I pressed the x in the corner of the Restore box several times. It continued restoring. It wouldn’t stop! I pressed CONTROL, ALT, DELETE! CONTROL, ALT, DELETE! CONTROL, ALT, DELETE!

The Restore box disappeared. Then icons dropped off the computer. The screen went black and the computer shut down.

I stood up and screamed.


My heart banged away at an alarming rate. Was I having a heart attack? Knowing how unhealthy this was for my heart and my healing, I took a deep breath. Its galloping pace decelerated a to a quick trot.

I held my breath and rebooted my computer. None of my programs remained open.

Afraid to look, I opened up Microsoft Word. At the top of the page, three documents had been saved in temp files.

Document 2

Document 3

The Foreboding – Original Version 8-8

Relief that my documents had been saved was brief as I looked at the file of my book and realized I may be screwed like Matt predicted. Original Version 8-8. No!!!

I opened up my 440 page novel. I remembered one of my last edits on the 14th. I had changed a wooden box to a peach crate. I held my breath and scrolled to page 202. At the top of the page, my protagonist said, “Thank God!”

Was it an omen?

I scanned through the paragraphs and found the words, “peach crate.”

Thank God is right! I almost fell over.

2:34 - I called Danny. Relieved and happy for me, he suggested I call Matt to relay the good news.

2:39 - Matt said, “I would NEVER count on that happening ever again. You are very lucky.”

I backed up the files as my hands continued to shake.

After shutting my laptop, I descended the stairs on wobbly legs and baked six dozen cookies and a cake. Even after watching Superbad, my nerves still jangled. Two days later, I opened a new file on Microsoft Word. It came up in Calibri. It did restore the defaults, but didn’t delete my documents.

Matt was right. I am lucky…

I went back to dreaming and posting on social media with a slight change in diet.

Now I'm a vegetarian - Can you blame me

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124 responses to “How My PC Almost Killed Me

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  2. You have some seriously good mojo going on, Susie! Oh, but I get the panic. I’ve come close to disaster many times… the worst was near the end of a video project and my hard drive appeared to have died without my having backed up any of the footage or anything. Luckily for me, it was just a problem with the power cable. In your case, it is nothing short of miraculous!!

  3. Haha… Oh dear, what a frightful adventure! Forget everything else on the PC, it’s all about the book. :) Microsoft is far to glitchy for me, which is why I use Mac. Never had a problem. I double up by using Time Machine (automatic back up). Plus save on a server password protected on temporary intervals. Plus USB. It’s safe to say that book isn’t going anywhere :)

  4. Anonymous

    Matty to the rescue! haha :) I recommend ‘publishing’ your new novel and keeping the audio rights! Also getting an inhaler, just in case… You’re reads are compelling!!! & Thanks SUSIE

  5. Oh wow! I could feel your heart beating! I would feel the same way if there was a chance I’d lose all my photographs! I’ve got so many on my laptop and thousands more on my portable hard drive… the thought of losing them has me hyperventilating! So glad it worked out for you ;)

  6. Easy thing to do is email the latest version of what you’ve written to your own email address (work or home or both) every time you finish a session.That way, if your computer goes wrong or you lose it, the work is out there waiting to be retrieved with a couple of clicks!

    • I had been doing that believe me. I just had a major lapse of laziness. It was sooooo silly and such a huge waste of energy. Now it is backed up every which way possible.
      Thanks for reading my perilous adventure…:)

  7. Back awaaaaay from the computer, girl, and go have a cookie. (I neurotically mail myself a copy of everything I write. I re-mail myself after every edit. After reading this, I am going to go re-mail everything to myself again.)

  8. Instead of going to Best Buy, check 1st – prices may be way better.
    Also, do know that freeing up disk space may not free up memory, they are two different things.
    Disk space is where things are saved.
    Memory (RAM) is where the computer stores things briefly when it’s working.
    If your computer is not maxed out, a new set of RAM chips is not that expensive and fairly easy to install or your IT guy can do it.
    And, YES, I have lost many important documents (as well as video game saves which are crucial!).

  9. I had to share this. I literally killed my old PC tower today, in your honor. I had it stored away for no other reason than I was too lazy to take it to the Waste Mgmt facility. So I murdered the SOB, blood simple. With an aluminum baseball bat. It’s amazing how neighbors will congregate to watch such a thing.

  10. OH MAN WHAT A GOOD REMINDER! I already back my stuff up on Carbonite, and have my WIP on Dropbox — but I’m going to go put it on a thumb drive too!! Good for you for sticking with this, figuring it out and not just dumping it at the computer store with tears in your eyes (as I probably would have).

    • Thanks so much! It is an understatement to say I was relieved. The surprise was how bad I felt for the next 48 hours. I couldn’t shake it until I sat down and wrote another story two days later! I had to get back on the horse!

  11. This post had ME shaking. That feeling that comes over you when you think to yourself “All my crap is gone!?” is horror story madness squared. I have to admit I snuck to the end to make sure all was well because I was literally gritting my teeth. Glad to know your lost was found.

    • I worried that the suspense and gut-wrenching fight that took place over 6 hours wouldn’t be understood, so I am glad to hear that! It made me cringe in the re-telling.
      Thanks Cayman. So am I!

  12. It’s happened to all of us, I guess. And it’s funny that I’m reading this post today, because just yesterday I bought a 16GB jump drive (or whatever they’re calling it this week). I have some backing up to do. Thanks, Susie! I’m happy and relieved for you.

    • Thanks Charles! I am happy and relieved for me too! You might want to invest in a terabyte of external memory if your computer also holds photos. 16 GBs will hold a ton of documents. :)

  13. OMG! I was right there with you through every heart pounding word. I’m so glad you found the files. P.S. i can’t believe you edited so many pages that fast. You r smokin’ fast! P.P.S. LOL on the cake and cookies. I’m such an emotional eater. Chocolate is the only thing that can get me through those bad writing days.


    • I made a chocolate zucchini cake last night!
      Thanks so much Nia! It was hard to relive. I couldn’t even open my laptop for two days. I just can’t believe how lucky I am. Now I back up EVERYTHING!!!! :)

  14. I think I was holding my breath the whole time I was reading this.
    When my Dad was fighting his last fight he started to write his life story on the computer. As a decorated war Vet and the patriarch of a dozen kids, he did have some stories to tell. He spent months painstakingly tapping out finger by finger every recollection he had from the time he was a wee boy. I offered to help. I could have typed it for him. I could have organized his work for him. Not so secretly, I really just wanted a first hand look at his tale. He was adamant that no one see it until he was finished. I was constantly reminding him to save his work. I think you know where this is headed. One day he called me in a panic that he couldn’t find his story. I told him not to touch anything and I was on my way. After a two hour drive I arrived to find him sitting in his chair hooked up to his oxygen with a total look of despair on his face. I tried everything (a lot like you did). Hours later with tears on my cheeks I had to tell him it was all gone.
    The next day he sat at the computer and started all over again. Unfortunately, he didn’t get far before he lost his last battle.
    I’m really glad you got your files back.

    • Oh my god, I am so sorry to hear that. Your poor dad.
      Word processors are such a nightmare. I am backing up my book and documents all over the place now. I can’t wait until I have a hard copy sitting my fire file as well! My husband used to print out all of my blogs. I am thinking about copying and pasting them in emails and sending all of them to myself. I only have 250!!!!
      Thanks for stopping by to read and share.

  15. I’ve ‘liked’ this post because it was so well written – I felt I was sitting next to you going through the panic! I have had many a heart attack computer moment so I know that terrible wave of fear as you think you may have lost loads of files! Well done for not giving up and I’m so pleased it turned out ok in the end :)

  16. OMG! A close escape. Yes, backups count! A friend of mine was writing a book, some years ago – no backup. Computer died. He had to pay to get his hard drive recovered by uber-geek specialists with the right gear. Got the book back and figured he’d better send it in to the publisher. It won one of New Zealand’s top writing awards. I believe he keeps backups these days…

    • Oh my GOSH!!! I hope he sent those geeks a thank you! I bet he does keep back ups. Back ups for his back ups. That’s where I am. I email my book to myself just in case. That week I was really out of it and didn’t think to do that. Silly me! Never again…
      Thanks Matthew!

  17. OMG! We were holding our breath the entire time, Susie. Mathair’s been very blessed with her computer, though it’s been temperamental as of late. I actually had my computer keel over on me while publishing our novel, The Perfect 7. I mean, literally in the process of publishing on Amazon it went black and died. Mathair and I had a total breakdown, running around our writing room (my bedroom) screaming and crying and cursing technology for everything it was worth. Thank heavens, there’s two of us and Mathair’s computer has the same files, but it didn’t stop us from freaking out. So glad everything worked out for you. :)

    • I would have completely lost it! That is so great that it didn’t mess up the publishing of the final copy of your book! I would have worried that something would get duplicated, but I am a worrier….
      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!

  18. I held my breath for you the entire way through this post. This must have been excruciating. Wow, I need a Xanax just thinking about losing all of that work. Holy anxiety batman!

    I am so so so so so so happy and relieved that you didn’t lose anything. Wow. Thank God indeed.

    • Oh thanks for reading it! At first it was hard to tell the story to friends and family. I had to wait to write this post since it was so traumatic even with the happy ending. I don’t know if I would be rewriting right now if I had lost all that work I think it would be too depressing to face starting all over again!!!

  19. My legs got wobbly just reading this!

  20. Alt+Ctrl+Del combination seems to be a fix-it-all solution for tech people. I always use that too when my computer freezes. You are so lucky to get your file back without losing any progress. An example for people who didn’t give up so easily.

    • Thank you! I got lucky. Real lucky. I don’t know what I would have done if this rewrite would have disappeared. I hit page 292 today and have struggled with the last 15 pages. I can’t imagine starting over!

  21. Carl is right, you can store a lot of things in Dropbox and other “cloud” type programs. Might be something for you to look into as well. It’s all safe, of course, until we have an apocalypse and all the Internet and satellites get destroyed!!

    • I backed up all of my documents on the external hard drive and email the book to myself. I just was out of it that week.
      Danny used to print out all of my blogs. I think he quit at 125 and I hit 250 with this one!

  22. I will add to the advice of Cathy and John: go Mac. I’ve been a Mac woman since 2000. I would sooner write in longhand than return to the agony of the PC. Haven’t you been subject to enough agony already this year? You need to reward yourself with a stay well present.

  23. filbio

    I think I was about to have a heart attack myself as I progressed through this post! That is nerve wracking! I think we have all had things like that happen to us on the computer. It’s almost like they are tormenting us on purpose!

    Control. Alt. Delete. I have hot those buttons many times, and yet they sometimes still do nothing!

    • I shook for hours… It was horrid and yet I lived to tell another tale! There have been times when I had to take the battery out to reboot! They do have a mind of their own….right Hal?

  24. I had palpitations the whole time I was reading this! You deserved that good luck! :)

    • Thanks so much and for reading it! I knew I had a story the second time recounting the horror story. I had to stop for a while since it raised my own blood pressure in the retelling! It is a good lesson for any writer or photographer.

  25. I LOVE how you baked six dozen cookies :) Congrats on not giving up – even if it was a fluke of computing, you still saved your file. I’m quite impressed. ~Catherine

    • Thanks Catherine. Boy did I pray, and rant, but kept trying. Now I am not taking chances and still have to get used to this new back up system. It is really easy and fast!
      I need to bake more cookies and this time, I won’t be under duress!

  26. I’ve not only lost documents, I’ve lost ideas for stories and posts. My laptops are a black hole for sucking my work into infinity. External HD is a great idea.

    • Oh No Tom! That sounds miserable. The external drive I bought will back up a terabyte and only cost $69.00, but a flash drive only costs around $10.00.
      I think a trip to Best Buy is in order!

  27. Whew. Heart stopping post! The memories of agony well portrayed.
    My husband’s company computers got infected and crashed – Noooooo! No hope there. Horrid experience
    Lived through that so while working in research I backed up everything multiple times everyday – and people laughed – until the entire system was destructively hacked – all gone….except my group’s because I had backed up so much stuff in so many locations. Just get stomach ache thinking about computer crashes….and yet my husband is coddling an old quirky one along “because he’s too busy” and has a brand new one waiting on the desk…I just will have no sympathy…and will probably have to leave the area to avoid the anguish.
    So glad you coaxed your words back!

    • I coaxed them alright. It was a miracle. Everything about saving and backing up memories and data is so important and so easily taken for granted. For that reason, I have always kept all of the memory cards from our cameras. I know. :)
      Good luck to your husband! Sounds like he lives under a lucky star as well!

  28. Ugh. I know that scary feeling. I’ve been there. I am sooo glad you didn’t lose anything. For this reason my husband bought an automatic backup system. Top of the line. Has he hooked it up yet? No. Does a lot of good sitting in the box. LOL. He keeps reminding me it only takes five minutes to back everything up at the end of the day on a thumb drive. Yep, yep.

    • Hi Debra! How are you????
      I am planning to do a whole computer back up tonight. I figure it will be done by morning. I hate touching anything on my computer that may get deleted. I am such a fritz anyway and reblogged a post from the Reader this morning after blogging this one! I am a goofball, that’s for sure….

  29. Glad it worked out for you, but what a nerve-wracking experience! I’ve lost edits that I’ve made to a document. Funny how it always seems to happen when I’m on deadline!

    • I know what you mean and it happened to me this morning. On WordPress, if you don’t save before previewing, the edits get wiped out. I know this, but blurry-eyed me doesn’t always remember at O’ dark thirty!
      Thanks Paul!

  30. I know that heart attack, body goes cold and clammy feeling well. I’ve learned when I’m working on my book to email it to myself every week or so as a backup..

    • That was the plan at one week exactly! Whoa. From now on I back it up every time I rewrite. Now the plan is to avoid as many heart attacks as possible… :)
      Thanks for stopping by Emma!

  31. Susie, you sound almost as stubborn as I am. Never give up – Never give in !!! No computer is smart enough to conquer the human brain…, after all, who designed and developed these danged computers anyway !!!

    • You are so right! Stubborn as a mule! I wouldn’t give up. I look back at all the tennis matches in 100+ heat that nearly killed me last summer and wonder why that is so hard for me… Talk about wrecking my body! And I was fighting breast cancer at the time and didn’t know it… Sheesh!
      Thanks Paul!

  32. Hope you’ve learned your lesson and will now each doc save to at least two locations.
    And not turn on your computer after nights where you’e had weird dreams.

    • Hahahaha! I did learn my lesson.
      I think the dream was the precursor. I should have known! I had weird dreams again last night and ended up accidentally reblogging a post from the reader. Gah! Second time in a week. I better start paying closer attention to those dreams and my errant fingers on my iPad while eating breakfast…
      Thanks for stopping by Guapo!

  33. I am so glad it all worked out for you, Susie! I would have been freaking out and heartbroken if that had happened to me after so much work. Just another testament to your amazing and determined spirit!

    • Thanks Paul! I think fear came into play that day. I just couldn’t bring myself to pressing those keys and maybe the files wouldn’t have been saved if I did! I’ll never know. In the meantime, I am backing everything on the cloud through email and my external drives… Yay!

  34. Julie Catherine

    Wow, Susie, I almost had a panic attack reading this! So glad you were able to retrieve your files. In my ‘early’ computer days I had a virus eat everything on my computer, including some rather large graphic art files that I wasn’t able to get back – it was traumatizing to say the least! I love my flash drives and store different categories of art and writing on each. Love my new faster and portable laptop, too … and I pay for the protection of Kaspersky antivirus software every year; best money spent for my piece of mind! :)

    • Wow! That would have devastated me too. I have a great antivirus program called Super Antispywear Pro. The Super sold me…. It’s that dang user error that gets me into trouble! :)
      I love your idea of putting different types of files on different flash drives. I will have to buy a few more.

  35. Wow! What a story, so glad you didn’t lose your files Suzie! You are one charmed lady!! Considered a Mac?

  36. Remember the days of floppy discs Susie? Even worse in them days!

  37. My take is that you weren’t lucky, you were very clever. And the ‘experts’ are miffed because they didn’t think of trying that.
    I once lost several chapters of a novel, and I freaked because I didn’t think I’d find that exact mood again. Then, miraculously, I recovered them. Know what? They were far better than my later attempts, as I had thought they had been. On another similar occasion, though, the re-write was better …

    • That’s what I was worried about. I had rewritten a couple of chapters of my book early on and compared them to what I had previously written and promptly deleted them!
      I think the mood is everything.
      Thanks Colonist! How’s springtime Down Under?

      • So often the first ‘take’ is the best!

        Springtime in Durban (not quite Down Under – to have my home as that, you’d need to be in the middle of the North Pacific!) is typically chilly and windy. Not our best season, by far!

  38. I broke out into a cold sweat while reading this and am still slightly nauseous even though I know it all turned out well. Congrats on your triumph. Sometimes a little dedication goes a really long way!

  39. Carry on you very lucky Chief of All Wild Riders!!!

  40. For God’s sake woman! Backup your book on the cloud. You nearly stroked me out with worry for your book. But I love your persistence in working to get your work back.

    I once realized that I had resized a photo to 4×6″ and saved it in place of the original file. When I decided to sell 8×10′s of that photo and couldn’t find the original file, I realized what I had done, and I was just sick about it. It’s one of my most popular pictures.

    • How frustrating! I think computers with their ways of keeping files are frightening. I feel like getting a back up for my back up!!!!
      I usually back my book up on the cloud through an email, but I got lazy!!! Boy. Did I pay for that!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  41. OMG! You know so much more than me. I tried to comment on your site and it said the account doesn’t exist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was like what???
    An external hard drive is a CD right? This learning as I go technique is a bit rogue but hell I’ve got this far. You teach me well girlfriend. :)
    I’m so glad you didn’t disappear, ahh. So I’m shifting over to a laptop just for me for writing (main computer family/ bills/homework); what should I do for saving? A pin drive, hard drive or what?

    • I accidentally reblogged a post from the reader this morning with an errant finger on my iPad so that’s probably why you saw that error message. UGHHH!
      An external hard drive is a small rectangular box a bit bigger than a cell phone that you can plug into your computer to back up files.
      I usually send an email to myself with my book file to keep it saved on the cloud, but hadn’t done that all week either!
      You can also get a flash drive which is tiny and can kept on a key chain. I would do all of the above!

  42. I restore frequently. At least on my old computer. I download something that the machine doesn’t like and the fool thing goes wonky on me. The restore function tells me that it saves my documents etc. but removes all updates and software. At one point I got a virus/hack not sure wtf that made my computer pop up a screen on the monitor that said I had broken some law and that the FBI was going to be at my house in three days unless I used a greendot prepaid credit card to pay $200 in the next 72 hours… The notice came up every time I opened that user, would not go away, it even tapped into my webcam to show a pic of me as I argued with it. I couldn’t work around it, all I could do was ctrl+alt+del and reboot to find the same thing. Wasn’t sure who to report it to, so I logged in to my other user name and reset the thing to two days before that message appeared and I was best kind.

  43. Hi Susie, kudos on solving your problem. Your experience exposed a number of issues and it’s great the system restore worked for you. I spent several years working for Microsoft in support and the issue you had is all too common. You mentioned having un-named documents such as Document 1 and so on. Those names are just place holders. It’s a good idea to create a name and save when you first start working on a document. Also, an occasional reboot will free up RAM and help avoid issues as well.
    That said, you recognize the most important points of backup and memory/storage management.
    Again, congratulations on your success! :D

  44. Thanks for giving me a nervous breakdown, Susie – argh! So glad all ok.

  45. Lucky, lucky, lucky. What a nightmare, but one with a happy ending. That’s the way we want all computer horror stories to end.

  46. Oh. My. God. Okay, I’ve lost work on Word TWICE. You’d think I’d have learned the lesson after the first time, but nope. So, here’s what you do each and every single day you work/edit your doc.

    1. Print out a LARGE sign and pin it right above your PC on a notice board ‘BACK UP WIP FILE – EMAIL TO SELF.’

    2. Have a bottle with 2litres of water sitting nearby and drink regularly. When you need to pee SAVE everything.

    3. Get yourself a back up system like a portable hard drive that can be plugged into any computer as well as using the cloud.

    I feel your pain!

    Big hugs, Christine XXXX

    • Great idea! I should get into that habit for all my documents.

      I was looking through the reader and REBLOGGED a post by accident!!! This is the second time in a week!!! I quickly deleted it, but crap! With This touch screen iPad, I scroll through and must touch the button without knowing it….I seem to be a computer fritz!

      • Haha! I try not reply on my iPad. And I’ve moved from the Mac back to a PC to create. I know, how crazy is that? But I need to work with my editor on Word 97-2003 for editing track changes and version control. Bouncing work between iPages and Word on the Mac was a NIGHTMARE and I made a couple of big errors in version control. Not pretty and really, really stressful. Plus on the PC I have the hot key to Wordweb, which means I don’t have to leave the story to hunt for a lovely long list of synonyms whenever I need them. I suspect a lot of the brain fog is down to the general anesthetic, it took me weeks to recover last time. XXX

  47. OMG! What a story. I’m surprised you didn’t combust. Happy dance that you didn’t lose anything. I’ve lost things before no fun.

    • Combust!!! Yep! I almost self-combusted over this nightmare. I figured everyone could relate.

      Imagine what it was like for authors back in the day when their houses burned down or their pages flew up in the air and into the lake like in Love Actually!!!

  48. Damn! I think I would die if I lost all my work of the past few months. I got myself a flash drive for backing up my wips. Glad you were able to resolve your problem :D

  49. I was on the edge of my seat reading this! Glad all your perseverance paid off.

    • Oh thank you! You made my day! I was hoping intensity of the story translated in this post. The perseverance thing can be a curse since I don’t know when to quit especially when doing the Friday Sudoku!

  50. I remember writing a 1500 word article for a freelance gig a few years ago. When I finished it, my computer hung up and ate it! I had automatic save settings, but somehow it didn’t. So instead of spending a lovely Saturday night with Peter, I rewrote the whole thing! That’s when I got a Mac and I’ve never looked back!

    Glad you were able to salvage the files, Susie!

    • I got lucky! Now I want to print everything out!
      That is such a bummer that you had to rewrite it.
      Danny keeps telling me that I will soon have a Mac and this sort of thing won’t happen. My computer is 4 years old and doesn’t have too much internal memory.
      I can’t believe that Microsoft has attempted to solve the problem through support, but didn’t get rid of it through an update!
      Thanks Cathy!

      • Danny’s right about the Mac. I’ve had mine for four years and for the first year, I walked around the house routinely saying “I love my Mac, I love my Mac, I love my Mac.” I still love my Mac. It’s polite, it does what I ask of it and it doesn’t talk back or eat things. Best of all, I don’t ever have to see the “Blue Screen of Death” again! :-)

  51. I once had a break-in at my photography studio. They got everything—computers, external hard drives, briefcase. Everything. Some of those photography sessions were lost, including a maternity session in which the baby had since arrived, and a family portrait at a big, once-in-a-lifetime reunion. I was sick about it for months afterward.

  52. Ugh! How awful! I’m so glad it worked out for you, Susie. I really need to back up everything. I always think that whenever I read something like this, but haven’t done so in a long while. Yikes! I’d better get on that immediately.


  53. In the early days of word processing — before computers, I worked as a legal secretary. I deleted an entire brief the
    Day before it was due. I literally had to work all night to retype the entire massive thing. I am very careful now.

    • What a nightmare! It must have been a panic since others relied on the brief.
      I retold my living nightmare several times before I wrote this post. Each time it really stressed me out! Not only was it avoidable, but I lost a whole day’s work drinking around with my computer. I took the next day off because I couldn’t bear to look at my laptop… It was traumatizing!!! :)

  54. As you know I am nowhere a computer genius like yourself:) I have written many times about losing stuff.. and acting just like you.

    I freaked out! I called Danny in tears. “I worked all week on those stories and my rewrite. What should I do?”

    ahhh my sweet I just continued freaking out hahaha.. I bow to you.
    computer genius hahaha

  55. I am primitive computer skills but my tech fixed me up, need no backup or hard drive save. Put it all in sky free dropbox and free ubantu 1.

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