As of my last post, my external hard drive that basically was the repository of all of my data – business, music, jpegs, everything – had crashed and I was rapidly learning that it was going to take *BIG* bucks to recover what was lost.
Well, the big bucks part hasn’t changed. This week as I drive to Tennessee for my son’s wedding I will be dropping off the hard drive at a company in Marietta whose sole existence is the recovery of data from scores of crashed computers and computer-related equipment. Thankfully, the first 24 hours will cost me nothing as they examine my hard drive and figure out what needs to be done. It’s the *next* 24 hours that will probably shock the pants off of me!
As I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I must now pay out *BIG* bucks to regain what I mistakenly thought was safely stored, I’ve also resigned myself to the fact that I must have a back-up for the back-up. If all goes according to what I hope will happen, I do plan on having my data transferred over to another hard drive. Then I will have to buy a second external hard drive as a back-up. Think *super* mega-flash drive. This one won’t fit in your pocket.
However, in the meantime, back at the ranch, my 17yod, Rebekah, who has often been an assistant in my ABC classes over the years, came to me last Friday night with an amazing statement.
“Mom, you know you can copy all of your music off of your iPod back onto the computer, don’t you?”
What’d you say?
“Yes, you can. It’s not hard, I did it when I moved all of my stuff off your iTunes onto my laptop.”
Whoa! We can recover *ALL* of my music off of the iPod?!
We’re talking over 12G of music – mostly Kindermusik, VBS music, Children’s Choirs, but also some beloved classics – Southwest DeKalb High School Band 1970 and 1972 – the year we won the Virginia Beach Band Festival – not to mention Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Joshua Radin, Simon & Garfunkel, Kai Winding, and Paul Desmond, just to name a few. Oh, yeah, there was some of Napoleon Dynamite left on there from Bekah, too. Not to mention all of the purchases I had made through Sonific.com which is now defunct.
Bekah assured me that it could be done, but I was too leery of doing it Friday night before my last classes on Saturday morning. I decided to wait until the semester was over. I also decided that I was not going to put it back on our desktop – already slow and slowing. 12G would just about fill this baby up *again* – which is why I bought the dang external hard drive to begin with last year!
Well, last night, with the aid of my extremely knowledgable 17yo, we successfully transferred *ALL* of my music files from my iPod onto a new laptop. HURRAY!
I was one *extremely* happy person right then. When I finally released Bekah from a massive bear-hug dance, she grinned and said, “You have to thank PC Magazine, too, Mom. That’s where I learned it.”
So, *THANK YOU*, PC Magazine!
(Now, if I could only recover my stored website information that easily as well!) 🙂