Things that keep me from quilting #7: Hard drive crash (or something!)

Well, I was really going along rather well yesterday, and I thought I was nearly done with the Machine Quilting CD Workshop. I rebooted my PC, because it was acting kinda funny, and then had a major error that I’ve never seen before in 20 years of working with computers. 😦 And things went downhill from there. I won’t go into all the gory details, but thanks to my junky Hewlett Packard PC and it’s un-user-friendly excuse for system repairs (I’ll never buy another!) I ended up doing a complete system restore back to the out-of-the-box factory settings, and losing all my loaded programs. I did not lose all my documents and graphics (or I wouldn’t be here to write about it, I’d be in an asylum somewhere trying to recover), since I’ve had enough things happen over the years that I now have all of my personal stuff on a secondary drive, for exactly this reason. Unfortunately, I did lose all of my e-mails and other Outlook records for the last year and a half, so that’s going to cause some extra work.

I still don’t know what happened to cause the initial error, and everything seems to be working at the moment, but there’s definitely no real quilting going on here until it’s all back to normal with my programs loaded back up! This is just not how life is supposed to be!