SevenCubed - 6:21 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
Lucy24 you can cry on my shoulder if I can cry on yours.
You have the most perfect timing I've seen in a thread popping up related to what I'm experiencing right now at this moment. "My Most Catastrophic Error" fits well for me right now.
For anyone following along in any of my posts recently you're probably aware that I've been on an adventure of experimenting with dual-booting Windows and Linux. During that process I've reformatted, reinstalled, and mixed and matched so many variations of both OSs on my desktop and laptop.
Prior to setting out I made sure I had duplicate backup copies of all my critical data on separate drives. I had copies on an external HDD and a USB stick -- like a good techie should. By now some of you are probably aware of where this is going.
Day before yesterday things went from bad to worst with Windows 8 on my laptop and I knew a meltdown was imminent. My very first thought was to double check my backups to ensure I had everything. When I looked at my external backup drive I saw that all my critical data was there and up-to-date. That was important because the day before my USB stick became corrupt because I had been also using it for the Windows/Linux experimentation, neither OS will read the data on it. So, I only had my external backup copy left.
While browsing the external drive I saw that it had become quite cluttered with backups so I decided to wipe it clean and perform one last backup of data to it prior to getting nasty with my laptop again -- I backed up my User Profile which contained everything, critical data, Thunderbird email, settings, etc. Done. Double checked, yep all there. Proceed with complete reformat of laptop again this time only installing Linux on it. All is well. Runs like a charm and I got a good night's sleep.
This morning I get on my laptop here to check into some of my website development data for about a dozen websites. Ekkkkkkkkk! where are my websites?!?!?! -- gone forever like yesterday's weather :(
Oh man. Oh man. Oh you dumb stupid man what have you done I ask myself. A bit of panic, then searching all drives confirms my main WAMP development folder is nowhere to be found.
The realization -- my previous backups had the WAMP folder backed up separately because it was on the root of each drive each time I moved it. My full Windows profile that I backed up -- the one where I saw the WAMP folders included, yep it's there too. No it wasn't -- it was only the shortcut. Whaaaaaaaaaaa.
I quickly fired up SFTP and downloaded all websites from the live production server to my local drive. However, one site's files were not all on the live production server because I was waiting on the owner to send me one last bit of writing (his 'about' page info) before I put the site fully live. All that was on the server was a splash home page. Fortunately the images folder and full CSS was there too. Unfortunately the other 15+ completed pages of writing isn't. Gone. Also one of the other sites had a live English version but I had a Spanish version of he same site being prepped locally with nothing on the live server. Gone. Soooooo many long hours of translation work is now drifting free as a bird in the ether. I wrote all the original English content and the owner (an Argentinian), she translated it into Spanish. 20+ pages.
I only have one chance left now. I have to try to recover my USB drive using Spinrite and/or GetDataBack otherwise I have lots of writing and splainin' to do. I feel sick.
Here's some more irony. Yesterday I was communicating with incrediBILL via private message. We were rambling. I made mention of never having bricked a PC or loosing any data or settings in many years of migrations and right then at that mention I wasn't yet aware of what I just described above. I feel sick. Don't laugh Bill, it's not funny :(
Okay yes it is funny, otherwise I would not be posting this here right now. What can I do except laugh at my momentary lapse of attention and learn from it.
I'm going out to cry in a few cups of java right now. I don't want to see a PC for a week. I hate these things. No I don't. I'll be back sometime later. Wow I have lotsa writing to do from scratch again. The worst of it for an accounting website that took me so long to research :( At least the Spanish site has an English copy.
<cube clicks on the submit button, pushes his chair back, jumps to his feet, looks over his shoulder -- Lucy, wanna join me for a cuppa java and we can talk about it?>