First of all, don’t worry. This has a happy ending. At least, it’s happy at this point in time. I just thought I needed to post about it because… It was just really amusing.
I woke up today and Windows wouldn’t start wouldn’t repair, reset, no nothing. I waited for my brother to come home and he was like “Welp, this hard drive is prolly dead”. Awesome. This was the laptop I had shipped to me just before Christmas. It wasn’t brand new but I thought it’d last me a bit longer. I asked him “Well, I don’t have money for a new one yet, but if I can’t work I’m not gonna have it ever. So now what?”. He thought on it for a bit and decided my previous broken laptop had a perfectly good HD. He was turning on even, just the screen wouldn’t stay on. So the solution was obviously to take that HD and put it on the laptop that had everything else working. Cool.
The next hour or so was spent watching my brother tear both laptops apart and do the HD transplant. I was very apprehensive about this. Despite having a degree in electronics, he is my brother; who I’ve seen put a desk fan back together, realize there were some parts left and then be like “Well, fuck it, it’s working.” about it.
Nonetheless, he returned the laptop to me. It turned on. Adjustments needed to be made when the HD went “WTF, we’re not in Kansas anymore” and proceeded to update all device drivers accordingly, but after all was said and done. It’s my old computer’s brain in my sorta-new computer’s body.
And here’s where I get into a previous situation where I had used a program to create a custom calendar for Valcrest. And saved the calendar for each year we’re gonna need in all our planned stories into Dropbox. Or so I thought. Because when I first got settled into this computer (with its original HD that had none of my stuff) and logged into Dropbox to look for that… It was nowhere to be found.
I forget stuff a lot. So at that point, I thought… I just either didn’t save those where I thought I had or I just forgot to export everything. The files for the first arc of Shadows Rise were there and for one other story, but nothing else. Okay. I talk it over with the partner. I’m gonna have to redo the damn calendar. I made peace with it. We moved on.
Back to now. Previous laptop Hard Drive installed in the new one. I realize, huh, I have that calendar program again. I can just open it up and export everything like I should have done in the first place. Awesome!
Imagine my surprise when I go do that and discover that I had exported everything we needed into Dropbox. It just never synced to the cloud, meaning; it never did the thing you expect Dropbox to fucking do! So I was both furious and extremely relieved that I don’t have to redo all of that and immediately copied everything to Google Drive. Because fuck Dropbox. >.>
But yeah. A Hard Drive died, but… We regained a chunk of worldbuilding we thought was lost forever. So… A silver lining there.
And my Frankenstein-laptop is working pretty well so far to boot. Happy ending.