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15 April 2009 @ 11:47 am
No, REALLY. O. M. G.

WTF do I keep getting bad flashdrives??

TWO corrupt Word docs in recent months, and NOW, my super high tech spreadsheet of agents/queries is corrupt. [many expletives bleeped]

Damn technology.

I'm going to Staples on lunch and buying TWO NEW flashdrives, to which every single freaking document I currently have will be copied, TWICE.

The good news - the excel sheet was mostly recovered, minus the dates on which I queried each agent, as those numbers had become meaningless and random.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Nu: book-a writer's lifequiet_rebel on April 15th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Seriously, you do have the worst luck ever with losing and corrupting files :(

Good luck with the new flashdrives!
jomadgejomadge on April 15th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
That's odd. Are you writing/reading the flash drives on the same computer?
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Mostly my work computer (a PC), with less time on the home one (a Mac). But these corruptions aren't happening when I've transferred between the two. Last use of drive or files has all been the work PC. So far, it's only MS Word or now Excel files affected.
jomadge: SGA - Mckay - physicsjomadge on April 15th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Probably a dumb question, but do you click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in your system tray before pulling the flash drive out of your PC? I ask because both Word and Excel create bunches of temporary files every time a document is open. If you pull a flash drive out without shutting it down first, it could potentially cause corruption of those kinds of files.

Edited at 2009-04-15 09:21 pm (UTC)
jomadge: SG1 - Walter - blamedforjomadge on April 15th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Also, make sure Word and/or Excel is completely shut down before transferring files. But you knew that. :-)
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Um....completely shut down...? Hmmm. Maybe THAT I didn't know!
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, I do. And I "Eject" the drive on my Mac, which is the same thing. Not a dumb Q at all. I didn't used to, back when I didn't know any better. :) Ironically, I never lost a single file back then.
L.A.frenchroast on April 15th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Good lord, but you have bad luck. What brand of flashdrive are you using? And I realize that CD-RWs are clunkier, but maybe they'd be a safer way to back things up?
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Cruzer. Yeah, I am fit to be tied. At least this time the file wasn't entirely lost.
Patron Saint of Pessimismwoodrunner on April 15th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. That SUCKS in all sorts of ways.

Do you have a backup external hard drive that you can use?
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
No. Well, it's been pointed out I could start using my iPod as one. :)
Dragonsinger: McKenna smile - Laurasuedragonsinger on April 15th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
How is the querying coming?
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Querying has trickled - still getting the occasional response straggling in from those already sent, but I've postponed doing anymore until revisions are done, then it's back in the saddle.

First on the list, of course, will be the agent who read the full and recommended many of the revisions I'm doing.
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on April 16th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Awesome! Good luck.:)