Okay, I “meant to” copy all those files to another location after getting my new computer, but I was really busy with my writing projects, blog challenge, and so on (you know how excuses go – it’s usually a long list!) and suddenly… my external drive with 250gb of data no longer showed on my computer.
Choice: freak out or look for solutions. I tried a bunch of tech-type ideas that sometimes work, but did not in this case. Now I’ve spent more time researching local places that do data recovery. I did not want to mail the external drive. I want to carry it myself by hand to the tech person. Luckily, living in Los Angeles means I have a lot of choices. I found a data recovery expert 20 miles away who said he’ll be able to look at it this afternoon and let me know immediately if anything can be done. So now I’m dashing off on this errand that hopefully will have a fabulous outcome called “data recovery” for not too much money.
The thing about stress is that it is usually our mental reaction to a situation that we don’t like. We always have a choice, however, in how we respond. Full out panic will not help things. It won’t change the outcome, and will make life even more of a challenge. Wishful thinking also won’t change things — that ostrich reaction of putting your head in the sand and hoping that this time when you plug the device in, it will magically work. Nope, I’m at the point of needing outside help for this because I am out of my depth now. I know enough for various tricks to try, but then I reach a stage when the next level of advice at forums calls for breaking the seal on the drive, cracking open the tabs and installing the inner works into my own CPU case. No. That’s outside my experience level. I’m asking for trouble. And so, the choice I made was to realize it’s going to take money to find out whether this situation can be resolved happily.
I’m explaining the process because a lot of people have trouble figuring out the practical steps to take when they are faced with a really stressful situation. So here you go:
- assess the situation
- see what simple solutions you can try, and go at them systemically, one by one — as long as they don’t cause additional problems
- recognize when you are entering an area that is beyond your expertise
- ask for help
- keep breathing
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