Short and simple... w
Well, I don't really want to write too much about it here, as I'm not yet done with organizing it all, which I do think I'll have done tonight.
What we think that happened, is, that FileVault messed up majorly. For people who don't own a Mac that won't ring a bell, and for those who do and use FileVault, never do it without using TimeMachine as well.
Somewhere during the FV-process, somehow it must have messed up, leaving my whole user-account bundled up in a single 63GB file, encrypted in unbreakable, non-dechiffrable ways. That's the good thing about Macs, w, but well, can turn against you as well. And as for my part, I tend to have happen things to me that the experts "haven't ever come across before".
Happened before... w
I stayed at the experts' on Friday, when they tried to fix it. Well... turned out there was no way of fixing it.
So the only way out of it was deleting the users. As in, totally. And start new.
They did that, or rather, tried
, deleting everything works pretty fast on Macs. Then, loading the system back onto it [we settled with updating it to new newest one, Snow Leopard, which I very much wanted. There had been minor discrepancies with Leopard that were fixed with the Snowy one, so that was grand. Not that expensive with 30€ either]
However... that didn't work either. The system stopped the install-process twice just a bit before the end.
Harddrive = defect.
To cut things short,
・ Everything has been deleted
・ I got a new harddrive
・ I got my system pimped
・ For everything, I had to start over REBORN
So to speak.
have an external hard drive, luckily, or else my state would have been rather... VERY bad.
Unfortunately, the only things that I hadn't backed-up recently were the most important things.
Being all my documents.
So in the end, I lost 2.5months of writing... which, to me, is rather a huge loss, considering how much I write.
If I'd guess roughly, I probably lost 200+ files.(Includes my personal writing
=a lot of stuff you can't even imagine w, some poems, there are ALL the translations... but even excluding all the blogs, all in all it were 100+ pages in 10pt that I won't be able to get back... if a hundred is even enough. w
I also lost all pictures from beginning of March)
It was a pretty hard blow, but at least it could have come worse, much worse.
It's just that way... for a writer to lose what he's written, for an artist to lose what he's painted... it's not just "something created", it's part of one's self.
I can't do nothing but accept the loss, there's nothing else to do.
I can not retrieve my personal writings...
The only things I can get back are the UnsraW translations, obviously, because I posted them. I won't have all my comments and trackbacks and whatnots, but well, doesn't really matter. And lyrics and their translations, as they should be online some where.
The fun part was, that after I had already copied most of the things to my "new 'me'", I realized ... well, something, just a minor thing actually, but something I didn't like to have on the surface I'd be living with for the rest of its lifespan, as the user surface the experts had created wasn't quite the way I'd liked it to be, and to change the certain something I wanted to change I, well, had to start over again.
So again, a complete night of work to Hel. *laughs* Oh well.
Yesterday night I started over. Still working at it...
The first thing to do of course was getting iTunes somewhat started. One of the worst things while I couldn't access my account was the silence. It really got to me. I'm okay with silence sometimes, but just then I wasn't.
Also had to re-do that part a couple of times, because I first had loaded 'old' back up versions, most of which had neither album artwork nor lyrics, and I'm a geek like that, I want them to be there. Without it's just... bleh
So I think in the end I created itunes up to 3 times or so the last couple of days.
Then I set up my firefox to the way I had it. Then the next, and the next, and the next thing...
Had to get some DLs that I hadn't back-upped, but it weren't that many. Hadn't been downloading that much, so it were just a couple of singles.
One thing that is really good about it all...
The new hard drive I got is, instead of my old 120GB... [back when I got my laptop I thought it was plenty of space, but for about half a year or more I realized it's just much too little, with my steady growing music files and whatnot. Hadn't more freespace than about 12GB the last couple of months, and well, my computer wasn't working as fast as it used to anymore either. I really had been feeling in need of more space, dearly, for quite a while.]
Eh, it was kinda amusing, while I sat there at the expert's bar, reading in my book, and they realized I'd need a new hard drive after all, and then looked for the hard drives they had there... he went like
Guy: *searches the racks for hard drives* Hm... looks like we only have 500s left.
Me: *looks up from book and blinks* ... eh... *not daring to realize it* five hundred~...?
Him: *grin* Gigabites!
Me: O...h... (O_____O') In...deed |'D
Him: What did you have before?
Me: Uh... 120~?
Me: ... Well then! 8D
So yeah. I'm really really really glad for that. Not only that I have plenty of space, it's also running as fast as lightning again. Haven't been having that state in months anymore.
It's just so... GAH. It's not that I've not been warned by 'someone' about backing up my documents, recently even, and maybe She warned me several times actually, but heck I just didn't listen to Her.
You always have to be SO careful about what you're wishing for, I've been just shown, again
... or want, actually, as I haven't really uttered that wish... or wait up. I think I might actually have... ugh.
Anyway. It was a high cost but.
Wouldn't have had to pay quite so much of blood if I had just listened... so yeah, it's accepted. Lost and accepted, I realize the mistakes I made and am repenting in our own little ways.
And I really, really, really hope that I learnt for life. (>_<)
So that Friday was just really weird in some ways. Everything regarding my computer... the their card-reading device couldn't read the card I was going to use in order to pay... so I had to use mine, however the device suddenly had a system error... w... until THAT was fixed, orz... and after all that, I was 1.5 hours too late for work, but I had warned my colleague about that emergency situation, and she was fine with me being so much late.
Another good thing is, I totally pimped Adium now >D (it's my messenger device w). It already was pretty pimped, and I'm sort of surprised that I still remembered most of the defaults and the way it looked like etc, but I added some extras, and now it's super great heh. ... Of course I could already have done that earlier... I suppose. But new starts just have that certain energy to them, ne.
Also it's good to be totally concentrated in these ways. Having to rebuild and build things one daily uses. Oh, all these dependencies jyan. I really won't be bored this weekend w
... The one thing I'm kinda horrified by, is the idea of syncing my iPod... and ... whatever... might or might not happen. *shudders* But well, before that I have to re-build all the playlist... haha >.>'
That's one of the things I'm gonna do next.
So that's me, on a practically totally new laptop. Just the shell is the same but... hnya...