I couldn’t describe the last 24 hours of my life without getting a homicidal twinge. It all started with a hard reboot coupled with a battery backup failure during an electrical storm (one of many we’ve had here in the past few days). After the reboot, I got the dreaded blue screen of death on my PC. I’m not usually a reactionary type. I stay pretty pulled together during times of stress and crisis…normally. Blue screens, however? They make me nail bitey.
Which takes me to my the next phase of my homicidal rage. See, I’ve had these brand new hard drives and brand new RAM just hanging around my office for the past month, just waiting for a moment in time that I could possibly find to rebuild my computer. It was in BAD need of love..and I knew it. But, I kept pushing the envelope because.. well….time. Between design projects, book writing and edits and ..just…life….time is evasive. There’s just not enough time to stop and love my PC.
Apparently, it got really sick and tired of all the neglect and decided to walk out. It’s only until something like that happens that you truly appreciate what you had, now that its gone, hey?
So I was forced to drop everything and rebuild. I do love my 2 new VelociRaptor SATA 300GB Hard Drives coupled with a fantastic upgrade from 2GB RAM to a blazing new 6GB (Corsair Dominator DDR2. I’m adoring the speed at which my PC operates, currently. (Remember when Bill Gates said “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” ?? Ha!)
After doing a clean install of XP and running the GAZILLION service pack updates.. then installing MS Office and running yet another GAZILLION updates – I finally had a clean, working system and promptly went to work re-installing my Adobe CS3, Mozilla, Corell Suite and all my must have programs..including all the little apps that make my life livable…including Thunderbird for email.
That’s where I ran into my snag. My email. I have been using MozBackUp to do daily backups of my email because I’ve learned some pretty hard lessons in the past with email program crashes…so luckily, I had an 8/4/08 Thunderbird backup from that morning (pre-crash). Long story short…I did a restore with my backup and…..nothing. *crickets* I tried with my other backup files, as well… and no love.
No emails. No accounts. No message rules and filters. No settings… no nothing. I’m looking at a Thunderbird email program that is a blank slate.
You’re talking to a girl who saves EVERYTHING. Every business email – every correspondence. I archive it all. You just never know when you need this stuff, ya know? And here, I’m looking at a blank Thunderbird that is asking me if I’d like to set up a new email account? Ugh.
I am hoping that I will figure this out and will be able to successfully restore my emails soon. In the meantime, I need my program functional – so I’ll be spending a few hours this morning rebuilding the email from the ground up. I still have the backup files – – so I am thinking there *is* hope and that maybe…hopefully… I’m just too buzzed from the whole ‘restoring my entire system from scratch’ experience and if I just step away from it for awhile….I’ll have a bit more luck with it later.
If you’ve emailed in the last 24 hours – I have to apologize. It’s probably going to take another 24 hours to get myself back to normal around here – so I very much appreciate your patience!
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” ~ Tyler Durden – Fight Club