Thursday, June 26, 2008

THE DREADED EMPTY DOCUMENT FILE

Last night, just before logging off and going to bed I opened my documents and there was nothing there. Not as much as one document. Not even a ransom note.

The only documents I could find were my personal history one, my 3x5 recipes and the one chapter I took to the agent at the BYU conference. Those I had put on our new external hard drive. Granted those are the three ones I would most want to save if the house burned down but there are several hundred other documents missing. Everything I have written in the last...say, ten years! My first novel. Hopefully my practice novel but never the less, I hated to loose it. All my thoughts, things like the notes that I had written to the Primary children when I was a counselor, over 500 of them, all my letters, etc. A lot of nonsense, yes, but it was my nonsense.

Turning off the computer and turning it back on--a ploy used by computer challenged people, helped not at all. The documents were still gone. I emailed those three documents to myself, just in case, and went to bed with much sadness.

Today, we hired someone to come and retrieve them. He got everything but my photos, which I think are gone for good but I also think they are stored online, somewhere. So much for my great photography. --That was a joke, okay?--

Anyway, tonight, I am grateful to have most everything back. Material things don't matter. I've always known that. Relationships matter, I've also always known that, but now I know that words matter too. And I'm grateful to have mine back.

9 comments:

jyotsana said...

hi lynne i can feel what u must hve felt then. it happened to me 2 months back when my computer crashed.i never got my precious images back tho the loss wasnt so great as urs might hve been. thnx u were helped in time.

Kathy said...

I am so glad you got your documents back!

Colette Amelia said...

Michael has a good system he has external hard drives that also help with storage as well as a back up.

I felt how you did last year when my house was broken into and my new lap top stolen. Luckily the hooligans didn't want the old clunker desk top so a lot of things were on that and I did get some back. But I did lose alot of photos that if I think about I miss but really have forgotten what they were or who was in them.

So after all this blathering I want to also say that I am so glad that you got your precious words back.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you were able to retrieve your documents, Lynne! I can't imagine the feelings of devastation at thinking you'd lost all of your writings.

Pam's Place said...

Oh, Lynne, I almost cried when I read what had happened. I can't imagine losing it all. Thank goodness you were able to retrieve your writings. Did the tech say what had happened?

Another good reminder to back up, back up, back up.

tearese said...

yeah, what happened, do you have any idea? We have everything stored on our hard drive, I would die if it crashed. I put our pictures on disks about every three or four months, but those can easily be ruined. Glad you got most of it back!
PS- if Close Ecounters came out in '77, then no, not even I was born yet. (I'm a '78).

Northern Sasquatch Hunter said...

About 1992, I was taking Distance Ed. courses and one weekend I lost 6 essays that I was writing. One of them was due two days later. I spent the entire weekend writing writing writing from memory.

Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

Thanks for the reminder to back things up. I? don't have a backup, which I really should. It would be a real bummer if I lost it all.. I'll get working on it.

Astromom said...

I'm so, so glad you were able to get the documents back, what a sinking feeling that must of have been to think you had lost all those hours and work.