Any guesses on how I've been feeling today?
Let me share a cautionary tale.
Since I began writing, people have been telling me to get a flash drive. Once I get a flash drive, all my troubles would be over. Well, with our extra tax refund from the government this year, we decided to do some upgrading to our computers and my husband wanted to install a router and some adapters. I wanted a CD burner and a sound card. So we placed an order, complete with a flash drive. We saved everything off the computer onto the flash drive, and then Hubby began his computer project, which necessitated a reinstall of Windows, which wiped out all the previous memory. And, as I'm sure you've guessed, my flash drive refused to cough up my information.
After spending much time on the phone talking to friends and bending our neighbors' ears, and trying everything under the sun, we found a company that does data recovery with a 90% success rate. We have an e-mail in to them and Hubby will be calling them in the morning. I need all sorts of good vibes sent my way, please -- my books are on that drive.
Now, before you get all smart and want to know why I didn't have another backup, let me explain. #1: We were told that a flash drive was all we needed. #2. You can't save an entire book in Word on a floppy; you have to burn it to a disk, and we didn't have a disk burner until just now. I'm learning all kinds of things about other ways to back up files.