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THE VERY IMPORTANT IMPORTANCE OF SAVING YOUR WORK IN MULTIBLE PLACES

THE VERY IMPORTANT IMPORTANCE OF SAVING YOUR WORK IN MULTIBLE PLACES

Sounds a little like a Dr. Seuss title doesn’t it? I wish it were that simple and that funny. Oh, I so wish it were and then I would not be in this predicament.

I finally had a chunk of time this week and decided to take the bull by the horns and get this damn book done as per Catherine’s suggestions on her latest post I re-blogged a few days ago. I really didn’t have that much left to finish. For two days I worked and did some editing and adding to. I was on a roll, on the downhill slope, and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Then suddenly and I mean suddenly – my USB storage would not open when I tried to save some changes in a chapter! WTF?! The little blue light was on. The icon was there. I tapped save and again got this message –

Please insert a disc into Removable Disc (E:).

disc

Looks just like that picture up there if you replace the G with an E. Under properties my used space and my free space both say 0 bytes. I know that’s wrong!

0 bytesAt first I panicked. Then I gathered my thoughts – as small and jumbled as they were in this hour of need and I called my friend V. She always knows how to fix any technical problem I have. She walked me through a few things. I shut the computer down and re-booted – twice.  I tried different drives. I googled and found some scary stuff. I moved to my desktop computer and still nothing. Same error. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing! I inserted a differ USB storage and Voila! It opened right away meaning it wasn’t my drive or my computer. The problem was my disc!

V’s talking to her tech guy at the bank for suggestions, but I haven’t heard back from her yet. So what do I do? All suggestions will be taken seriously!

I know I should have saved that in more than one place and I always meant to. It just never happened. Actually, I am a lot calmer than I seem at this point. I have faith I will get that disc to work….someday. 😦

!!!!!!!!!!!DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!

~Elle

 

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. I’ve always said USB memory sticks are the best thing around. I hate portable hard drives because they have moving parts. Moving parts mean a mechanical failure is in its future. Now for the all electronic USB memory, there are no moving parts meaning no mechanical failures. So how can this be? Just like your friends suggested – only a computer geek may have a solution. Now you know why there were 5 redundant computers on the Shuttle.

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  2. NOOO!! What’s happened? Have you got it back yet?
    Mr M is my go-to guy but there have been multiple scary moments!! Our ENTIRE iPhoto library crashed a while back and the back-up was apparently corrupted at the same time?! I don’t understand ANYTHING! …Apparently this is a known problem with mac ‘snow leopard’ …Absolutely horrible. Of course we haven’t printed any photos for years and our three children’s lives are documented there 😦
    After about 50 hours Mr M had figured it all out and got it all back.
    There’s a really really good chance you’re going to see all that content again. But’s it’s absolutely horrible, I feel your pain!
    x

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    • I know it’s all on that disc somewhere. I don’t even want to think about having to start all over. Hopefully I’ll get it figured out in a few days. Just trying to stay calm! ~ ~Elle

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  3. crossing my fingers for you elle – as others say, it should at least be somewhere on your hard drive – hopefully someone will be able to find it for you! All the best!

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  4. I agree with the other comments that a computer specialist may be able to find a temporary file somewhere that saved your work automatically. I hope so. I use the Geek Squad. When I’m in a panic, they can remote in to help. We’ve all been there. I wish you luck.

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  5. I’m not entirely certain I understand… your USB storage is a thumb/flash drive?
    Which means it was the drive, specifically, that didn’t save? But you still have that document on your computer as well? Or only on the USB? I read that you rebooted, which if the document has and autosave the one on your computer should still be there?

    There is saving things to personal clouds. But that doesn’t help if you lost a chunk of (or even all of 😦 😦 😦 your work) . Oh gosh, I hope that’s not what you’re saying

    I have an external (physical hard drive) where I back everything up. The USBs I use to transfer from computer to computer.

    In a real jam, I’ll save my work in an email to myself.

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  6. I would say that taking it to an IT pro is your best effort. i had the same trouble once and kept pulling it out, reinserting it, and checking it. It worked once – I copied it to my hard drive and it was dead on the flash drive for good! I felt very lucky. Since I usually back up things once and to a different drive if I can. I like to do it twice if the item is really important. I also back up all my rough drafts and such, so, at least, I don’t have to do it all. I don’t like using the cloud, but it is another source of backup- just not for me.
    Scott

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  7. Ow! Sorry Elle – do you maybe have a computer shop you can take it to for help? Those IT boffins can do just about anything. I lost everything when my old computer just crashed, so now I store things all over the place, and email my latest wips to myself every day & store as attachments in emails. Holding thumbs for you.

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  8. I share your pain. But in a very basic rule, you first have to remember to save your work at all. I spent all day Wednesday working on an Excel spreadsheet at work. Towards the end of the day someone came in to meet with me and I shut down the computer at the end of the meeting. When I went into work the next day my spreadsheet was not there. I was certain I had been saving it but it simply was not there. I had to create the whole thing over. It was easier the second time. I certainly hope for your sake that you can retrieve your data. It is especially frustrating when you feel like you are on a roll and that you are going to be able to finishe something.

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