December 9th, 2008

A Pocket Full of Murder

In which I confess my secret shame

My first computer was entirely DOS-based, and I have never been without a computer since. I have been online since 1987, when I had a 300-baud modem. I have lived through harrowing system crashes, the deaths of CPUs and fans and hard drives, and al manner of other unforseen disasters.

And yet I am still really, REALLY bad about backing up my files.

Today, when I got an error saying my CPU had overheated (which is a Harbinger of Doom if ever I heard one), I went looking for a backup utility on my computer (which I have had for a year and a half) and couldn't find it. A helpful article on the webbernets informed me that the Windows XP backup program was not part of the default installation, and I needed to get it off the CD.

So then I had to go hunting for my copy of Windows XP (which caused me to be very cross for about 45 minutes when I was able to find every other piece of essential software I have owned for the last ten years EXCEPT that one) and install it. I selected the files I wanted to back up, chose the location... and the backup program refused to oblige.

It looked like a glitch, so I uninstalled the backup software and reinstalled it. Still no dice. So I looked up ANOTHER article to figure out what was going on.


Turns out nobody backs up files to CD any more. To the extent that Windows XP Backup refuses to even allow it as an option.

Who knew?

So now I guess I have to go buy a flash drive or something. Feh.