In case you haven’t read all my posts, I’m going to confess to being something of a whiner. That’s right. I’ll own it. I’m a big baby. When I’m upset, there’s carping and complaining. Those who love me and listen are long suffering. Really.
For the past couple of weeks, my laptop has been dying. A long, slow death. I love that machine. I got it as a birthday present. Sure, it’s way too heavy… more luggable than portable, but still! It has all my stuff on it. And it starts overheating. And I begin to get the ‘blue screen of death’–and who’s seen that since the mid 90’s? So, I know the end is near. Do I panic? No. My DH and I go to the local mall to an electronics store that has good deals and buy a new one. It’s cheaper, lighter and has more capacity. Now for the true test.
Restoring the data.
When I bought my last laptop, I spent hours and hours restoring data that was burned to CDs from the older machine. What I didn’t know when I was making those backups was that the default attribute for a file burned to CD is ‘read only’. That meant every single document had to be clicked on and the attribute changed for it to be editable. What a nightmare. I’m sure that little house in California is still ringing with the echos of my sailor speak. At the end of that debacle, I subscribed to an online backup tool called Carbonite. This software promises to back up your files and then keep track when you put new stuff out there and back it up. When you change something, it notices and backs it up. As long as you have internet connectivity, it’s done as a background operation. When you are not connected, it keeps track of what changes and when you do connect, it backs it up. That’s what I wanted, a backup I didn’t have to think about. So I subscribed.
I’ve used this laptop exclusively for three years. The whole time, Carbonite has been keeping me backed up.
I got home with the cheaper, lighter laptop and opened an Internet browser window, logged on to Carbonite and selected a full restore. Then I stepped away and watched. Really I panicked. You know how on those file copy windows, you’ll get a time message? This restore said “a few days”. For real. I almost screamed. So, I walked away. What else was I going to do? I opened up the old laptop on the kitchen counter (the granite seems to help as a heat sink and it doesn’t overheat as much) and played an audio book and quilted. In the time my laptop was restoring, I did the top for a king sized quilt. “Few Days” = three days and nights.
Yesterday afternoon, it completed. This morning, I picked up the new machine and started downloading the software that I use: iTunes, Picasa, Trillian. Then I started looking around. When I opened the newly downloaded Picasa, ALL my pictures were there. All the folders and organization was there. When I opened iTunes, all my audio books were present and accounted for. All of them.
So even though Carbonite took days to complete the restore, and I never expected that kind of time, it worked like a champ. You know that old insurance commercial that ends with “like it never happened?” That’s what this shift from old computer to new feels like. I’m sure I will spend several more hours finding things I need and downloading software, but my stuff is all here and accounted for.
Bless you Carbonite programmers. Best $65 I ever spent. So, a problem that would have made me whine and complain for weeks on end is solved quickly and efficiently. I’m pretty sure DH is as glad as I am. Now, he doesn’t have to listen to me carp.