You would not believe what I've been through today. It all started last night when I noticed my computer was acting up. It suddenly just stopped working, I tried to restart it, but then it wouldn't even turn back on. I started freaking out, but I didn't even realize at the moment the extent of what just happened. I was about to learn a very hard lesson.
After trying to figure out the problem on my own which consists of about 2 seconds, I turned it over to my husband like I usually do. He tried and couldn't get it to work either. Thats when I knew something was REALLY wrong. "Sorry Crystal, but your computer crashed."
Um, WHAT!!! Ha, no, thats not possible, it's only 3 years old and it's a Mac. Aren't Mac's supposed to be the best?
I was trying hard NOT to believe him and began thinking of the last time I had backed up my computer. Thats when the anxiety began rushing through every vain in my body. I realized I hadn't backed it up in well over a year. Bits and pieces of all the information I had possibly lost starting flashing through my mind. Pictures, home videos, projects, folders, emails.... THE BIRTH OF MY SON!!!! No no no no, this can't be happening! How could I let this happen? I was so upset and even cried before I fell asleep at the thought of losing all my precious memories I had worked so hard to capture.
I woke up the next morning feeling sick to my stomach. My whole life had been turned up side down. You may think I'm being a little overly dramatic, but I honestly could not live without my computer.
The first thing I did was went down to the Mac store in hopes that they would be able to recover all the information. I dropped it off for them to look at and anxiously waited for their call. I literally could not function, It was like I was paralyzed. Finally after a long 3 hours passed, I received the phone call. "Sorry, we were NOT able to retrieve any of the information, but you can call this other company and they may be able to help you." Okay, so I called the other company in tears. She said they have a 96% success rate and she was pretty positive she'd be able to recover the information from the hard drive. Yay!!!!!! Just as I was about to take a huge sigh of relief she said, it will cost anywhere from $700- $2,700... WHAT!!!! Are you serious!!!! Then I cried some more.
Okay, now I have a question for you. Would you put a price on your memories? How much would YOU be willing to spend to retrieve lost memories?
This experience caused me to really think. All of this could have easily been prevented if I would have just taken the necessary precautions. A new hard drive only costs around $100, and backing up my computer only takes a few minutes each day. It's been a hard lesson to learn but I can see how this applies to many different situations in life.
Sometimes we get lazy and think, oh that won't happen to me...
and then it does.