Well, it was bound to happen. With all the quirky stuff my computer was doing, it finally up and died. I’m not entirely sure, but I think it’s the motherboard.
So, everything I’ve done recently is sitting on the hard drive in the dead computer. I’ve got it backed up to September. Wouldn’t you know it! I was planning to do a full backup the weekend after January 1st.
Now I wait for my brand new computer to arrive. I was planning on getting a new computer for my birthday. I just hadn’t planned on being forced to buy one. After I’m satisfied that it works correctly, I’ll attempt to install my old hard drive as a second drive in the new CPU. I haven’t done this in years, so wish me luck!
This is just another reminder that it’s important to back up your data on a regular basis. In my case, I would have still lost my Christmas photos and yearly family newsletter since I only added those a couple of days before it crashed.
Take this as a lesson! Make sure your important stuff is backed up to a external drive, online storage service, or some other source. Better yet, share your GEDCOM with researchers you trust. Then you’ll know that a recent copy of your database exists somewhere.