New HARD drive and Good Bye

My 2004 Titanium G4 laptop is not feeling so well. It’s very sick spitting up and quitting programs daily. Two weeks ago I bought a new back-up Lacie USB2 500GB external hard drive (left) to assist the 2004 Lacie firewire 80GB external hard drive (right) and the hundreds of CD’s I have burned as it has only 1.36GB left on it to store digital files on.

New Hard Drive

To put it plainly one of my little 2.5 by 3.5 inch miniatures scanned at 800dpi is 30MB to 45MB in size. Add to that number the a working file of 40MB to 50MB plus the web, print and pdf files for each scan. Burning CD’s as back-up is futile! And I do not own a DVD burner.

I do not store much music; perhaps 6GB at most. As I begin the daunting but enjoyable task of scanning and creating ready-to-print files of my original artwork the firewire drive has all but filled up. And my 60GB computer filled up quickly to.

And I know what happens when you do not back-up your files. In 2001 I lost (no my ex-husband lost) one full year’s worth of design and illustration freelance work while he was re-formatting the drive of MY computer. I will never never never never never let that happen again nor will I ever ever ever let anyone other than myself touch my computer.

This is how I make my living people. It costs money to buy these things. And when you lose a year’s worth of work in the blink of an eye… I had to decide quickly whether to buy the newest version of OSX as I still work on OSX10.9 (Panther) or buy a hard drive. The hard drive won of course. :)

Today, I begin the scary task of wiping clean then re-installing the operating system and software for my laptop. I am keeping it clean this time; the Adobe CS package and Firefox. I haven’t reformatted in two years and when I did it then, my laptop cried in exhaltation and the software was happy working toegther side by side co-existing and multi-tasking. I’m tired of photoshop quitting mid-color correction, inDesign freezing, files disappearing as though they were never created and firefox mixing things up. Worst of all I’ve been getting this little sheer multi-lingual black screen pop-up saying shut your computer down now all the while the screen slowly fading from the top right corner inwards, spreading grey, grey… lightening white.

So I’m shutting my computer down NOW. All the back-up and praying I can do is done. Wish me luck. Hope to see you later this evening.

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6 thoughts on “New HARD drive and Good Bye”

  1. Hello!
    I’m back online.

    Firefox installed.
    Google toolbar installed.
    Resetting all preferences.
    Then on to Adobe CS and after that organizing my drives.

    Then hopefully working on new art.

  2. Hopefully this will work! I can’t blame you at all for not wanting anybody to touch your computer. It definitely is your life!

  3. I can’ t believe what you can do…I am lucky I get a blog page..I see you did good by your note..Happy for you..

  4. Brian – My computer feels new now. wow. A lot to do still but it is so clean on the inside. :)

    Yes, we all should be boss of our own lives.

  5. ctmott – I was a graphic designer / art director for ten years (all of my 20’s). I have since left that industry behind to persue fine arts and illustration. That is where I gained the invaluable knowledge on what to do when your computer begins melting and you have a 200 page catalogue or magazine to go to print.

    I am happy to :)

  6. 10gig’s free is the key. Keep 10 gig’s free on your computers HD and it will be much happier. Also a permission repair once a month helps.

    keep your MAC and the world will be your pallet. :)

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