There's an old saying: "You never miss your water 'til the well runs dry".
I got up yesterday morning, turned on my computer and.... NOTHING! Well okay, it did something but not what it was supposed to. I couldn't get it to open windows and kept going back to an initializing screen. Needless to say my well ran dry. I took it to Best Buy and turned it over into the hands of The Geek Squad. I was in there 3 hours mostly because I chose to wait until they ran something on my computer so I'd know exactly what was wrong and what kind of problem I was really looking at. They could read the drive but couldn't open it. And wouldn't you know it, my service plan ran out 2 months ago and I never got a renewal notice. So $259.00 and a day later, here I sit back on my laptop. I thank God it was only $259.00 and that I didn't have to buy a new drive (at least not yet), or a new laptop.
Part of the $259 was for my old 2nd computer that I also took it. I was so disheartened when that drive crashed I never took it in. At the time it was okay because I had most of everything on there on my other laptop... until I messed up and accidentally deleted everything on that one. That's a long story of stupidity I won't get into. I cried for three days and then every time I thought about it because I literally lost everything. Everything - photos, books I was trying to write, email contacts.... everything.
Let me just say.. if you hesitate to back-up your stuff and keep copies of your files, PLEASE learn from my experiences. I've owned or worked computers ever since they first came out and I'd never had a problem until my last two computer so my backing up was practically nil. I've learned so I'm just reminding those of you hesitate to back-it up, stop putting it off.
BACK IT UP!