So this past weekend--well, Friday, to be exact--my computer had a bit of a meltdown. It needed to be restarted after it auto-installed a windows update, which is something that happens every now and then. Except this time, it wouldn't restart.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
With the help of my very patient boyfriend, I tried about everything you can try to get the thing going, but it was having an actual, serious error. So eventually came the inevitable, terrifying conclusion: we were going to have to find the disk that came with the computer and reinstall the whole thing. From scratch.
First things first, I had to think about whether or not all my important writing was saved elsewhere. Which it was. Thankfully. I'm not sure what we would've done otherwise. So I braved it and gnawed at my fingernails, watching intently from the couch, while my boyfriend--who had no qualms about this reinstallation at all--wiped my poor hard drive clean and started it over.
I then had repeated small moments of panic as I installed my graphics, sound, and monitor drivers, Microsoft Office, trillian (because instant messaging is oh-so-important), Google Chrome, adobe, direct x, and all the other little necessities.
My computer was in working order again, but this is when the really terrifying part came. Actually seeing, for sure, whether or not I had all my necessary documents. I started with photobucket, since I'm a chicken, and I knew there was no way photobucket would randomly decide to delete all my pictures of the baby. I was right. They were there.
So then I went into my email, and downloaded Unthawed from an attachment I'd sent. When I opened it in word and it was all there and pretty and final, I literally cried. I didn't cry upon opening any of my other documents, but there was a little burst of relief every time.
Thank God I am a regular user of jump drives, email, and other methods to back up the important stuff on my computer.
Because of that, I can say it all worked out, and my computer is probably better for it.
But it was definitely a lesson for me in yes, your computer CAN have terrible incidents, even when you least expect it.
I'm glad I survived my lesson!
Posted by Kaitlin Ward at 3:39 PM