Monday, April 25, 2011

Saving the day

A couple of months ago, District Governor Pat had the unthinkable happen-his computer crashed and he lost everything.  Of course, I asked him why he didn't have his files backed up.  I know, that was simply mean of me.

So this morning when I turned on my laptop to  finish the newsletter-wait, I mean tried to turn it on, because I pushed the power button and NOTHING HAPPENED!  Oh, no, had I lost everything, too?

Not a chance.  This was my old laptop, mind you, that is being replaced with my new toy just as soon as I'm sure that I can navigate the latest changes in  Publisher 2010 that I use for writing the newsletter.  Everything "important" on it is already on my desktop, a flash drive or two, an SD card-you get the idea.  Everything EXCEPT the current issue of Paw Prints....That was a small moment of panic.

Small, because there was a simple fix.  Unplugging the laptop, removing the battery for a minute, reattaching the battery, then powering up.  That allows the laptop to reset, and usually will fix the problem unless the hardware (hard drive, mother board, etc.) is fried.

So, my next step, saving this month's nearly finished newsletter to another computer.  Whew!  I feel better! And I'm just waiting for a photo before I wrap it up and send it out.

While you're waiting, why don't you back up some files? 

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