Oh Boy!! Close Call!!!

Last night, Microsoft decided I needed an update right at that exact moment. I only had Google Chrome open, so I thought, okay, let’s get this over with. Closed Chrome and hit update.

Oh – wrong move.

When the computer restarted, it would not reboot. I am not an IT guru. I know only enough about computers to make me a pest to IT techs (but I love them). So I did the one thing I was told by a tech to do before you call us, reboot.

I rebooted. Nothing. The Toshiba screen popped up then a gray screen (not even the blue screen of death) appeared with those little rotating dots. I hate those little dots. Nothing happened, even though I waited for thirty minutes.

Grabbing my tablet, I began to look up all combinations of what I assumed had occurred.   Google is a wealth of information, some of it highly confusing I’ve discovered. So I gave up, deciding the Geek Squad was my next stop.

Resigned to the fact that I would be without my laptop for longer than I would be told, I began doing a mental check-up of what was backed up. My finished manuscripts were tucked away in several places as were several works in progress, along with my posts from Writers Unite Workshop, so I hadn’t lost anything. Went to sleep, fairly confident I was only going to be inconvenienced by Microsoft’s mess.

Then I woke up at three a. m. in a cold sweat. The book cover for “Crescent City Lies” is in a Photoshop file in Pictures as were all the banners for WU! The Pictures folder stored only on the laptop’s hard drive and not backed-up.  Oh boy.

When I woke up again around seven, I nervously tapped the start button on the laptop, willing it to life. I didn’t expect it come to life. It didn’t, but this time, it seemed to be trying, or I imagined it was. So I rebooted again. Apparently, the computer gods took pity on me. I was back in.

I have written and preached about backing up your work. I have my writing on One Drive, Google Docs, emailed my finished and unfinished manuscripts to myself, and have two flash drives.  Covered, right?  Wrong. I never thought about the book covers or the banners I do for Writers Unite!

What was I thinking?

Apparently, I wasn’t. I do have my photos on Dropbox, but I filled the free Dropbox file up quickly and haven’t gotten around to upgrading. So prelims of my cover were there but not the most recent and nearly completed cover for “Crescent City Lies.”

As of this moment, all important photo files are not only on One Drive and Google Drive but on the flash drive. Next, I am going to upgrade Dropbox so they will sync there.

I have learned my lesson, but it was a close call.

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4 thoughts on “Oh Boy!! Close Call!!!”

  1. Reblogged this on Writers Unite! and commented:

    A notice for an update to Windows 10 just flashed on my screen and I immediately hit “later”. I do not want the same experience as a previous time that horrid message popped up and I said yes. I have heard this new update is long and can also cause issues as the one I wrote about. I only hope the new update is not the horror of past. This article was written right after that update. Please be sure you back-up all of the documents and photos/graphics that are important to you!

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  2. Endured the Windows 10 update nightmare five days ago; hit Save Me button with IT people before reboot attempt and “blue screen of death” arrived. Thank goodness. Spent half a day with IT controlling my Toshiba and restarting laptop multiple times, but it’s good now. Never update without enough coffee and sleep. Am relieved it’s working okay. Whew!

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    1. Oh my!!! I have a Toshiba, too and I was worried but mine came out ok this time. Glad you got through it! Yes… never update without coffee, lots of coffee and sleep! We are good until next time!!

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