Written by
Joseph Mok
on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM
 

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backup
BSOD
computer problem
Murphy's Law
Windows 8
 

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Lessons from a Posthumous Computer

By Joseph Mok on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I recently sank a large swath of cash into a custom-built computer. After using it for a little over a week, it starting BSOD-ing every few minutes. By that time, I had everything on there. And by everything, I mean EVERYTHING from my very first 2 mega-pixel photo I took a decade ago to the HD footage I shot last week; everything! Worst of all, I had several unfinished projects on there that I had to complete in a week's time. If there was a dictionary entry for shit hitting the fan, this would be the perfect definition for it. But shitty as it may be, I learned two things:

  1. Murphy's right, so backup, backup your backups, and backup the backups of your backups. It's really not that hard. There's a backup feature built right into the OS of Windows and Mac.
  2. Keep calm and carry on. Yes, you'll inevitably freakout. But once you do, get over it and start looking for a solution. Ask a friend, search online, pray (if you're religious). Don't just sit there and think about the horrible things that will happen. Most of the time, those horrible things won't happen for a while, so use the time you have to solve the problem. If the problem at hand can't be solved, then figure out how minimize your losses.

Luckily, I didn't lose anything since most of my stuff were still on my old computer and I was able to slowly copy out the stuff that weren't. My "new" computer is now back in the shop, hopefully everything gets fixed soon.

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