Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today's life lesson

Something happened to me today that I never want to happen again, to me or anyone else for that matter. I am the queen of backing things up. Every time I write a paper I save it on both my computer and a flash drive. The one time I don't do this (today) my life became a living nightmare (or so it seemed.) Tonight we had an essay exam due for American Literature II at 11:59 p.m. I'm not much of a procrastinator so I like having things done a little bit ahead of time. On Tuesday I completed the majority of the exam, all except for the final essay on Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Then yesterday I took a little hiatus because my boyfriend came to visit and we went out for wings with some friends. Today I sat back down to work on the final essay I had to write and the file I had saved on my flash drive would not open. I tried everything for almost an hour, before emailing the file to my boyfriend who knows a lot about computers, but his luck was the same as mine. The only thing that I could seem to do was open the file with notepad, and my entire exam wasn't there. My longest essay on Invisible Man and my works cited page were gone, so I spent the night not only writing my essay on As I Lay Dying but also re-writing my essay on Invisible Man and re-doing my works cited page. Never again will I only save something on my flash drive, because it might turn on me again and say my file is corrupt. I suggest you all do the same. Back everything up! Who knows, from know on I might start saving files on my computer and on two flash-drives, maybe that will save me from this ever happening to again.



  1. YIKES! Just reading this made my stomach hurt. I recently just started saving stuff everywhere and after reading this surely will continue!

  2. I always have a flash-drive copy of everything over 2 pages, and also either a copy in the H-drive or my hard-drive. If you ever have issues with corrupted files, make sure you always use a specific format for saving things on whatever it is, use the "safely remove drive (...)," and have a virus scan your drives frequently so a worm cannot change your files

  3. Ugh. That happens. Luckily, I haven't had that big of an issue, and I only use my flash drive for traveling files, but I might just take your advice on this one.