by Colleen Riggle
Have you ever experienced the ‘screen of death’? You know, when your computer monitor is showing nothing but a blank screen.
It was when I was in my first year working full time after graduate school. I remember coming into work and starting the computer to find nothing but a blue screen. By some glimpse of hope I thought perhaps it was a fluke and if I just restarted the computer it would show display all my desktop icons. However, there wasn’t anything left but a box. My documents, pictures, bookmarks all gone. If’ you’ve ever experienced that, you’re hyper aware after that point make sure your items are saved in more than one place.
Fast forward several years to current day….
Me: Hey, <Student Worker>, can you email me the brochure file from the external harddrive? We need to update it with our new graphic.
(a little while later) Student: The external hard drive is making a clicking noise and I can’t access anything on it.
Me: Oh no!
It happened again. We. Lost. Everything. And BIG time. Playing it safe we used an external hard drive to keep all our important files and documents. It died. I took it to a computer place to see if they would be able to at least get the information off the drive, but alas they were not able to. What our next step is, would be to send it out to have it rebuilt, which will cost a hefty amount of money! And of course there is no guarantee but the drive had A LOT of stuff on it and most of it we really need and it would be impossible to recreate at this point.
iCloud is a great feature on the ipads and iphones, but at work we still use PCs, so I think tomorrow I’ll spend a little bit of time utilizing my DropBox account backing EVERYTHING up!
So my question is, if your computer crashed tomorrow, would you have a way of access those important docs, files or even pictures?