Back in June 2013, I got a new laptop. It was a PC, running Windows 8 – the first Windows computer I’d had in over five years. I’ve never really been a 100% Windows or Mac person. There are things I love and hate about both, and at the time of getting this new laptop, I was thoroughly irritated with the newest Mac OS, and Windows 8 was a thrilling new thing.
I loved Windows 8 in the beginning, though over time, as updates to the system made it more and more like older versions, I liked it less and less. Though it had been less than two years, I was starting to think about replacing the laptop. Problem was, as I said, it was less than two years old, and I didn’t have the money to buy a new Mac. Also, the new Macs were still running the OS I didn’t like. Plus, they all had flash memory instead of real harddrives, and I really didn’t want to deal with all that. I resigned myself to another few years with this laptop, with a watered down Windows 8.
And then, as I was drafting some blog posts on Monday morning, my laptop threw a kernel error, shut down, and died. It wouldn’t find the harddrive.
Luckily, I keep my computer backed up daily, so we knew a backup existed. Unfortunately, my computer was the only Windows computer in the house, so we couldn’t tell if the backup had worked. Cue frantic discussions of what I needed to do (try to pay to fix? upgrade to a convertible tablet? get a new Mac?), which eventually became: get another PC laptop with a real harddrive ASAP and pray that my backup (school files, novels, pictures…) was intact.
Several days later (despite “overnight shipping”), my new laptop arrived. My backup had worked. I still had to download some programs, getting my settings set, etc. Actually, I’m still getting all that worked out. But I have my new laptop, and it works, and I didn’t lose anything, and that’s good, yes? Now I just need to figure out what to name this particular laptop…