I have not been posting for a while until ’27’. Sorry if you thought I had been silent for too long but it was due to losing about ten years of work on my main computer.
The particularly annoying thing is that it was down to my stupidity.
The first chapter in the saga was that my PA was apologetic, he had unplugged my office computer by accident and it failed to reboot. It was a linux machine and I decided I would not bother to sort the simple problem. I had been meaning to change from my usual version of Linux to Ubuntu and now would be the time.
I knew all the documents on the machine were copies of my main machine so a backup would not be necessary (!!!) and I did a clean install of Ubuntu. I quickly decided I was glad I had done so.
Later I was mucking about sorting a problem with the church laptop we use for songs projection on Sundays. Do sort it I used a small USB hard drive. I had a backup of my work on the hard drive and, deciding it needed to be updated anyway, I deleted it to do the business with the laptop (Aaargh!)
I was so pleased with my office Ubuntu that on a relaxed day off I dealt with my dual-boot (windows and linux).
I should have installed it over the existing linux partition. I meant to!
I should have remembered I had already deleted two sets of backup!
When I was asked to click ‘next’ or ‘back’, ‘yes’ or ‘no’, I should have been slower to act and more been more careful about what I was doing!
At one point I clicked ‘yes’ and immediately cried out, “No!” I pressed ‘cancel’ but watched as the display showed both of my hard disks and all of my partitions being overwritten.
When Penny came into the room and I lifted by head from my hands (she had heard my, “No!”) I told her what had happened. Ten years of work, documents, letters, sermons, teaching courses and the photographs, etc. What a wife, she said, “never mind, at least we have each other.” Her response amazed me.
The good news is that though it took two weeks trying various software I have got back all the document files and emails. The second drive which had loads of photographs seems mangled for good, though I will try a bit more yet.
You will not surprised to hear that I have now got backups.
By the way, Ubuntu is great.