#4: Back up data on an external hard drive
Tonight I will be going to Best Buy, head hung low, to pick up my laptop. It was sent a little over a week ago to their Geek Squad data recovery center where a young techno-wiz spared me untold guilt-riddled days by scanning my hard drive for lost files.
I could tell you that it all began with a boot error that I couldn’t get around. I could tell you that my husband tried to be helpful by (what he thought was) “starting in safe mode.” I could tell you that what he actually did was reformat my hard drive.
Instead I will tell you that I learned my lesson. Tonight I will back up all of my data onto my shiny new external hard drive. I am making a promise to myself to set up an automatic schedule for copying my data to said hard drive so that I never again feel faint at the idea of having lost all of my graduate school research, all of my iTunes music, and—most importantly—all of my photos from the past 4+ years.
I have to say, this “something new” is the least fun task I’ve undertaken so far. However, it did prompt me to do yet another “something new”: Quote Al Franken.
Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. – Al Franken, “Oh, the Things I Know”, 2002
Lesson learned: One new thing often leads to another.