The Day my Worlds Died: Hard Drive Failure of the Worst Kind

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For years I have always heard stories about backing up your work and making sure that it is in a safe place and it is something I have practice for quite awhile. The part that hurts in ways is that the day you get on to do your regularly scheduled back up is the day your hard drive decides to die.

That’s what has happened to me last weekend. I sat down Saturday morning to a blue screen from Microsoft telling me that it was collecting data and it would then shut down and reboot. It did that but never got past the black screen. Long story short, the drive had failed, and all the data on it has so far been irretrievable.



That was when the realization genuinely sunk in what had happened. A lot of my main worlds have been saved on the previous external drives, but the new stories, the ones that I was truly excited for and had gotten me past the writer doldrums had been lost in their entirety. They were still too new to be part of my regularly planned backups.

It hurts in ways that I cannot put into words. There are very few scenes that I can truly say I love and three of those were in the unannounced July novella I was working on. Gone. The completed Jassik Creed & the Meek Prince manuscript. Gone. I have the .epub file but that’s the finished product, not the Microsoft Word document that I’ve been hoarding and slaving over for seven years.

Why am I writing all this? This is a question I have been asking myself in the back of my head while I type and I think it’s a way for me to express my emotions positively. For those of you who know me, emotions are not my forte, and they are either non-existent or way too powerful. Maybe this would be a better outlet to put the gamut of feelings that I’ve been running through.

Devastated.

Shock.

Fury.

Resigned.

Sadness.

Hopeless.

Anger.

It’s a lot to process overall. I do want to thank those of you who responded to my initial twitter post about the loss. I needed that at the time I sent it. It’s been a hell of a week, and though there is a sliver of hope (I’m running a boot sector analysis on the drive to see if I can patch the issue and gain access to the files), it doesn’t look like my luck is going to hold out.

Suffice to say, my entire schedule is presently postponed and so is new releases of The Indie Author. I lost all the projects, and so I’m in the process of trying to find time to re-record them all if the recovery fails.

I’ll keep you informed. Thanks for reading.

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