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Computer Issues

It all Started with the MOUSE!

A couple of weeks ago, my mouse started ‘misbehaving’. The first thing I noticed was the inability to highlight text. Instead of highlighting what I wanted highlighted, it would jumb somewhere else and start the highlighting. Even if I could get the section of text highlighted that I wanted highlighted, it wouldn’t ‘stop’ highlighting. Then it started creating a ‘double-click’ when I only clicked once.

The obvious solution was to replace the mouse. Since I live with someone who hangs onto older hardware, we tested several different mice. We found that a wired mouse worked as well as a different branded wireless mouse worked.

So, I was ready to order a new mouse. However, my husband was still trying to figure out why my mouse – and other mice – were not functioning correctly. He ran the diagnostics and discovered that my hard drives are failing. Yes, that is plural. Both the C and D drives are failing.

Thus, all of my genealogy files are at risk! Even though I am working with a dying computer, I am thankful. I am thankful for the lessons learned about backing up and restoring files while working as a high school technology coordinator. I am thankful for the monthly reminders from Dick Eastman and other genealogists to back-up my genealogy files. I am thankful for Cousin Russ and his reminders to test your backups to make sure files can be retrieved.

Thus, I do have back-ups — and I have redundancy.

  • I use a cloud backup service to backup both drives to the Cloud.
  • I use the program, Second Copy, to set up tasks to run overnight to copy my data files to a USB drive
  • I use a cloud service to store most of my files in the cloud
  • I copy my genealogy files – especially pictures — to a portable USB drive.

Knowing that my computer could stop at any moment, I have spent the last couple of days verifying that my genealogy files are backed up to multiple locations. (I also have new hardware on order.) Having all of this redundancy will make it easy to transfer my files to the new hardware.

Now, I need to verify the list of installed software and make sure I have installation files and serial numbers.

Even though the thoughts of a crashed computer is disturbing, I am thankful that my computer is still running. I’m also thankful for the chance to improve the organization of my files.

If you don’t currently automatically backup your files, take this post as a warning to backup your genealogy files — and listen to the monthly reminders to backup your data!

2 thoughts on “Computer Issues

  1. Good luck with replacing your failing computer. I copy my files to external drives and the cloud. I quit doing backups when I found that I could only restore to the computer itself. If that died, the backup was worthless. Copy, copy, copy!

  2. Hope everything works out and you can get the drives replaced or a new computer without losing anything…I faced a similar situation a couple of years ago when a Windows update went awry – like you, because I’m pretty diligent about backing up, it didn’t take me long to ensure all my genealogy information was safe…

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