I know it's a bit bad to have two weeks without a podcast. My excuse last week was of course that I was on holiday. I don't really have much of an excuse this week. But this week's Thursday post will be a bit of a followup to last Thursday's post. In that I said that my trusty external hard drive had broken which meant I lost my computer backup. I also said that I was hoping my brother could fix it. Unfortunately he could and while the files could potentially be saved, it is an extremely pricey procedure whether I do it at home or have a repair guy do it as you need three hard drives. I read up on it myself and it seems you need the broken hard drive (obviously), a new hard drive for all the data to go into, and an intermediary hard drive to handle the transfer. So basically that would be your computer. I do have a second external hard drive but I'm not sure if it would be big enough. I also think that my broken one is potentially more broken. At first the computer could recognise it, and tell me that it was plugged in, but the data was inaccessable. As long as a hard drive is recognised by a computer it can be salvaged. You use the computer to pull all the raw data out of it, and put it onto the shiny new hard drive, and then you turn it back into the data it was before so that way it's readable by the hard drive. Sounds simple enough really, except for I think my brother told me that now the hard drive wasn't even recognised by a computer anymore.
Thankfully as I said all of my writing was backed up on to two seperate online locations and my music was on my other laptop. Also some of the things that held more sentimental value than anything else have been replaced, or weren't as lost as I thought. There are some things that are irreplacable, and some things that I'm having trouble replacing (and have apparently given up replacing) but I can make new irreplacable memories and they're inside the greatest computer in the universe, the human mind.
I'm still sad I lost it all, which seems silly considering it was essentially a load of ones and zeroes, but enough was saved for me to be content. I still have all my pictures, I still have all my music, I still have all my stories, I just wish I still had all my old messages.