Monday, April 07, 2008

Six days ago...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008...It wasn't an April Fool's Day joke.

The lightning storm caused a strike right in front of our house. We had turned off all the computers, but not unplugged them from the surge protectors. Richard has a fancy, battery operated surge protector...I have an expensive one, but no battery. The resulting EMP (electromagnetic pulse) from the strike fried my computer. We took it in to salvage the harddrive, thinking only the motherboard or the power supply was damaged. According to the tech, this is only the second time he's seen a harddrive so badly damaged he couldn't retrieve all the data. He did a couple sweeps and collected some, but my books were gone.

Needless to say, I was crushed. Not only had I lost my books, I lost YEARS of photos and other documents.

Richard was certain he'd done a backup of my system in the last month or so. We'd moved from the Airstream to the house, so stuff that was hurriedly packed was scattered between garage and house. We had no idea where the backup drive could be.

We bought a new computer and began the task of learning the new Vista program, plus downloading things I use like Yahoo Messenger (which took 3 days, due to disconnects and extremely slow dialup - 24 baud at times!). We also bought an external harddrive, in hopes of salvaging my data. That didn't work on Richard's computer. We may try it on mine, later, but chances are slim.

I found the backup drive this morning. Richard loaded it to the new computer...and the only thing I've lost is about 150 pages of two books (anything written after Feb 15, the date of the backup) and the last six weeks of photos!

Needless to say, despite the loss of my last 6 weeks of work, I'm still ecstatic - most of the precious photos were saved.

I'm happy.


CJ Floming said...

Hi Merry:
OMG! What a roller coaster you have been on. I am just starting to figure out that the safest place to store large amounts of documents and photos that have been digitalized is on the web with one external hard drive for back up.

My heart goes out to you. I can't imagine being an author with books in digital format and loosing them! I'm glad you found most of it.

Your lesson learned about the ineffectiveness of surge protectors is warning call to us all.

CJ Floming

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