Many of you know that a week ago I experienced a computer disaster. In a fluke split-second, part of a glass of tea got spilled on my laptop—right on the keyboard. It wasn’t much liquid, but it was enough. Yes, I freaked out. There was nothing I could do. My extended warranty didn’t cover water damage so I took the beautiful paperweight to my favorite repair place, Imperial Computers. Not to sound like a commercial, but these guys rock. The fact that I’m using my computer today is a miracle, but it’s completely because of them.
The damage…costly. Very. I toasted the keyboard, motherboard, and hard drive in one fell swoop. We didn’t find out about the hard drive until they installed the motherboard and the hard drive started smoking. AHHHHH!!!!! Thankfully, I didn’t lose much data.
I’ve survived this disaster because I keep my data on an external drive. That data is frequently backed up. While my laptop was out of commission for a week, I was able to resume work using other computers—whoever was willing to lend me theirs for a few hours at a time (thanks DH, thanks mom). I can’t stress enough to people “make backups”! Don’t keep all your data on your hard drive!
All in all, I lost very little. Most of the files on my hard drive were junk and my email. That hurts, losing all my email, but worse things have happened. I have gotten through this and am much the wiser. BOLD memo to me: No liquids near laptop. Ever.