Massive Crash!

by Janice

It happened. With Susan and her husband Rob (my tech support) on the other side of the planet, my laptop crashed. And not just a little crash – a huge complete, unfixable, complete-with-little-explosion-sound, crash.

I was up most of the night (it happened at 1am) getting Rob to walk me through attempting to fix it and trying to restore the data. (Yes we are going to have some lovely phone bills!) But it didn’t work. It is fried. Dead. And holding all my information hostage.

I have dropped it off now at a repair shop, hoping that they will be able to retrieve the data, but it doesn’t look good.

And to make matters worse, our other main business computer is also going nuts this morning. Joan (our mom and business partner) is unable to log into the email accounts. Rob is currently trying to fix that problem.

So, I am unable to log into any of my email accounts. The only way I can let those trying to get a hold of me – and those waiting to hear from me – is to hollar out a message from here! I am trapped – all of my emails are inaccessible to me at this point.

So, if you are emailing me – or have emailed me – I can’t get back to you.

(And Kate – if you by happen get to read this. I will not be able to make that conference call. Your email and the phone number are trapped inside my computer.)

I will be working to set up those email accounts on my husband’s laptop (where I am talking to you from right now) but I need Rob in Italy to walk me through that. He is currently trying to fix the other computer and it will be getting late in Italy soon. I may not be functioning with email until tomorrow. (And even when I do get that set up, the disaster is that I will have no access to my sent items, my tens and tens of folders, nor my hundreds of flagged and sorted emails that are waiting for replies and actions. This is not good!)

Hopefully I will be back into my emails soon – I am so sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some of you…

Updated: Bad news – the hard drive is finished. The repair store said everything is gone. Also, I still don’t have access to my email. Hopefully I will get that resolved soon. I am totally disconnected and lost… Thankfully, I still have my husband’s lap top to access the blog. But all our email folders, our hundreds of flagged and sorted emails, the stuff I was working on, everything is gone! Oh – did I mention that it was actually Susan’s lap top that crashed? Yes – ironically we switched lap tops because I needed all the info that was on hers to keep working while she was gone. So she has mine in Italy. The brutal thing is that mine is backed up. Hers… not so much. She had been procrastinating on that. So – once again – if you are waiting for us to reply to you or are trying to reach us, I do not yet have access to our email. And remember – back up your data!



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Kara May 15, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Uh-oh! That really stinks! I hope the computer place can get your data back. And good luck getting your email working.

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2 Heather May 15, 2007 at 3:29 pm

I hope you are able to get everything working soon!

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3 Jenny May 15, 2007 at 3:31 pm

that has to suck. if it were me, id be crying nonstop right now. i hope things work out and you are able to get your info back one way or another. :)

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4 Lani May 15, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Wow. You need lots of chocolate and warm milk.

I got my box of Cheerios today. You actually made my day a happy one. (and my two little ones were screaming with joy, it was on the verge of ridiculous how happy there were.)

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5 Kristen May 15, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Sometimes I wish my laptop would just crash. Then I would have a legitimate excuse to go and buy the Mac that I really want!

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6 jen May 15, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Oh no and I bet you hadnt saved your work to an external hard disk drive
If we lived closer Id send Muzz over

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7 melissa May 15, 2007 at 5:08 pm

you may want to consider using SKYPE for your overseas calls…it’s like a messenger program, but you can talk through the computer (um, your husband’s). http://www.skype.com

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8 The Preacher's Wife May 15, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Bless your heart! :) This has happened to me before…what a nightmare!

Hope you get it worked out!

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9 Robin May 15, 2007 at 11:00 pm

:/…a blogger’s nightmare…especially a blogger like “5 Minutes…”

Feelin’ your pain and hoping things get back to “normal” soon…!

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10 Val May 15, 2007 at 11:39 pm

So so so sorry to hear this!! ((hugs!!))

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11 Tammy and Parker May 16, 2007 at 12:25 am

Our computer blew up right before Christmas. I feel your frustration! I’ll be sending you good luck vibes to get the info off of your other computer.

I am still hoping to hear from you when Susan returns!

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12 Donna May 16, 2007 at 2:45 am

oh, not good…Does Best Buy want to donate a computer to a good cause??hehe

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13 Elizabeth Christie May 16, 2007 at 7:39 am

Oh, no! I’m so sorry!

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14 Jim Durbin May 16, 2007 at 9:50 am

My PC just crashed as well – took it in when the hard drive started whirring – when they tried to fix it, the power supply went. Do be careful – they wanted me to buy a new motherboard (there was nothing wrong with my motherboard).

The good news, is you can get laptops for as cheap as $500 from Best Buy. Shoot me a note if you need help – we’re buying ours this weekend. And it’s a business expense.

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15 Tish May 16, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Mine blew up a week ago :( I feel your pain !!!! Don’t you just feel naked without your computer?!?! Good luck !!!

Tish

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16 Lisa Knight May 16, 2007 at 1:57 pm

We killed our laptop a couple months ago. I was told that I could send out my hard drive & have it cracked, MAYBE. It is going to cost us at least $400, or so I’ve been told. It is worth it if they can get me back all my photos. I started using http://www.idrive.com/ to back up my files like photos & stuff. I still find I miss all my music, recipes & pics, but I’m survivng!!! Good luck with your recovery.

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17 Carol May 16, 2007 at 6:26 pm

Oh. No.

I know it sounds silly to pray for someone’s computer problem, but I’ve BTDT and I know how hard it is. Praying now that they can retrieve your data.

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18 Barb May 16, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Oh my word, Janice. How awful. I agree with Carol – silly or not, I know how completely frustrating this must be for you so I’m also praying they find a way to recover your data. How awful if it really is all lost.

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19 Amanda May 17, 2007 at 6:49 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your poorly laptop! I know how awful this is: quite recently my little angel spilled a whole cup of coffee all over my laptop. I cried and sulked for days. Luckily we were insured, but I still lost all my data.

Hope you have better luck!

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20 Ruth May 17, 2007 at 7:42 pm

oh OUCH janice.
i can feel your pain from my prairie province.

so sorry.

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21 Crystal May 18, 2007 at 3:39 am

Oh no!! We lost a laptop once. It was hard… we lost a lot of pictures and things we had written. It stinks very bad stinky poo!!

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22 teri d May 21, 2007 at 1:04 am

janice, i am so sorry. i know how immensely disrupting this can be! i’ve been there myself. i hope this is repaired soon and that order can be restored!

teri

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