So much for my good intentions – they all go out the window when you press the on button on your laptop and it just sits there loading, loading,loading…. then the blue screen of death – then nothing
Thankfully in my other life I am an IT tech so fixing it wasn’t a problem, just time consuming and in the end a little expensive.
As an IT tech I spend my life exhorting people to make sure everything is backed up – and to my credit I try to lead by example. So, when my machine spectacularly crashed and burned I wasn’t too worried about the data – I would lose a few emails but that was it. Between my external hard drive, Dropbox, my Skydrive & various DVD’s I had plenty of backups – what I couldn’t find was my Windows 7 upgrade disc!
Once I ascertained that Windows restore and various other tools were not going to be able to retrieve my Operating System I reluctantly decided I was going to have to wipe everything and start again.
I search the house, turned things upside down – to no avail and in the end had to bite the bullet and buy a windows 7 upgrade in order to proceed
Thankfully being in an educational enviroment and with 2 Uni students in the household I was able to buy an educational copy so I didn’t have to pay full price.
It is so convenient these days. You can buy and download an OS at the drop of a hat
I downloaded it on my Slate tablet and burnt the ISO to a DVD using an external DVD drive.
AH! Snag no 2. the external drive was not accurate enough and corrupted the files.
So in the end I had to restore my laptop to it’s original Vista OS, re download and burn windows 7 using the DVD in my latop and then reinstall Windows 7 over Vista followed by all my programs
It took the entire weekend
Thankfully all the waiting around for things to load left plenty of knitting time. Everything was backed up on the Slate so I even had the charts from the latest design I was working on.
Moral of the story, you can never have too many backups AND put your software away in a safe place – you never know when you are going to need it!
I leave you with a link to an FO
This was my travel to see Alice Cooper knitting for the trains and the planes
Lazy Katy Asymmetrical shawl in Kauni Effgarten fingering weight in purples, greys & black – very Goth
A nice easy stockinette start to be followed by a lace chaser
Ravelry Guernseygal’s Purple People Eater
Sorry can’t get my camera to upload the photo direct – grrr – technology strikes again!