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Have you ever lost an important article or essay in a computer crash or similar?



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Have you ever lost an important article or essay in a computer crash or similar?

These days I write in Google docs so that none of my words are lost. However I have a horrendous memory from the time when computers were new. To back up your work you had to email it to yourself or transfer it to a disc. The cloud had not yet been invented.

I was writing an M.A dissertation. Something went wrong with the imac I was using and my software engineer husband tried to fix it. I went shopping and he met me in town. He waited till we were in the bookshop.

"I am really sorry, he said. Somehow, I managed to delete everything and I could not get it back."

I did not kill him. 

I did learn never to fail to back my work up.

Have you ever lost important work because you failed to make a back up?

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amelia88

These days I'm all about Google Docs for this very reason - I love the autosave function and that it's so easy to be portable with your work.

Back when I was at university though and we completed most our work in Microsoft Office, losing work was a regular and frustrating occurrence. You'd have to be careful to continually save your work in case something happened and a computer crashed.



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HappyLady

Google docs is such a useful tool. I am using it all the time as I can see all the previous versions of the same article. I used Dropbox for a while, but then my sister lost a huge amount of work as it had a malfunction and deleted a lot of her work. For that reason I also save to email.



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amelia88

The ability to see previous versions is so helpful. Also, as a freelancer I love the ability to share documents and edit them together in real time - it helps put the final touches on pieces with clients. Super useful.



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Alymae

I love google docs. I am very happy that someone invented it. It helps me a lot. I still do send every file I have to email. It ensures you that your articles are safe and that you have a backup. Unless your account is hacked, that would be a problem.



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jaybee19

Really? I didn't know that Google Docs is better at handling auto-saves because MS Office also has the same feature but it's not very useful because it doesn't always auto-save documents. I think I might just consider using Google Docs instead especially with my write-ups.



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nrnlss

me too, I have lost countless doc because of MS.



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jaybee19

I'm sorry to hear that mate. It's definitely a bummer to lose documents especially if you're on a tight schedule and your deadline is almost approaching. It would be really nice if MS Office and any other office suites out there would do something to improve their features in the near future.



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allyn2017

Me too, now I will connect my doc to google so that it will be save somewhere.



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jaybee19

Google Docs have somewhat better features actually. The only downside is it isn't automatically useful offline unlike the other Office Suites where you can immediately use even on offline.



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amelia88

I don't feel like the MS version works as well. Google Doc's autosave seems to be instantaneous - whereas when I used it on MS I'd always be missing paragraphs of text even if I did try and restore a document after a computer shut down.



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theresajane

I agree with you. The MS auto-save has actually a time frame. If the computer suddenly shuts down and something is missing after restoring, it would really be disappointing.



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Steve5

I can relate. It really sucks when you've written something awesome only to have it disappear. This is why using battery powered laptops is way better than using your desktop. It's less likely to shutdown unexpectedly since it relies on its own battery.



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mcnasci24

Yes, this horrible experience has happened to me at least twice. Once, while I was writing my college thesis, there was an electricity cut in the city, and it fried my laptop's hard drive. I lost a lot of photos and personal data, but what pained me the most was my lost thesis and all the backup files I had. Luckily I had the first draft of the thesis on my email, so at least I had some kind of guidance when I rewrote the thesis.



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allyn2017

That is really unfortunate, It very hard to start a thesis and even if you have guidance on the next chapters the hard work that you lost is still frustrating.



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mcnasci24

It sure was. The worst part was knowing some parts of it wouldn't come out as good as the first time, and that my memory is not so good as to remember everything I had typed. Nevertheless, I was able to rewrite it and it turned out great anyways! (Of course, I made like a thousand backups every 5 minutes just in case).



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nrnlss

That's really frustrating but look at the bright side it turned out great.



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allyn2017

It's good to know that it turn out great.



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HappyLady

It is a horrible feeling, isn't it. I am glad you had emailed your first draft to yourself. I don't think I had much to go on except handwritten notes because this was so early in the world of technology and I had not yet learned how to use all the tools we have at hand today. I often wonder how much better my thesis would be today or if I dare try to write the whole thing (I still have it) as a book, online. On the other hand the subject was so obscure I am not sure anyone would ever want to read it.



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mcnasci24

It sure is. For me, the next 24 hours were foggy and I couldn't bring myself to retype everything from scratch. But I eventually did, and after creating lots and lots of backups, I finished the thesis. I also used handwritten notes given to me by my tutor, so that really helped in the process. Oh, and by the way, I'm sure your thesis is quite interesting. Maybe you just haven't shown it to the right people.



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allyn2017

It is sure a horrible feeling, imagine writing a thesis and it all gone just because of power shortage.



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HappyLady

That is an awful thing to happen. I am glad you had a back up of some kind in your email, even though I know it will have taken hours and hours to get the thesis back to where you were. Of course, if the backup was in the hard drive you would have been in difficulties.



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overcast

I think electricity problems are harder to solve and only backup and the laptop seems to be the only option. I prefer backup in such case. In some other case it'd be not bad to make use of the lazarus type of the plugin for the browser. And also helps with the Office's plugin on data recovery.



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mcnasci24

Yeah, definitely a backup on the cloud. Google Drive or Google Docs are a great option, as well as another external hard drive that will remain untouched even when there's a power outage.



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overcast

Google drive sync option is the best option. Once in a while you can take backup. Or set the backup for say everyday at 12 or some specific time. This way it can auto backup in the background. So that way there won't be any issues of loss.



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Kakashi2020

I didn't lose it completely but I lost a lot of time. It was a final draft of an annual sales report that I was editing in an internet café in a resort I was in. I was going to report it the next day at 8:30AM and it was 11PM and have been editing my report for 3 Hours, without saving my work when unexpectedly there was a power failure for an hour and my file wasn't autosaved so I had to repeat my editing and finished by 3AM. Sometimes when it's crunch time and I'm in a hurry, things happen.



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amelia88

Oh man - it's always the worst when it happens right when you need to have it done for the deadline. Props to you thought for still cranking it out and getting it done, even if it did mean a really late night!



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nrnlss

That's really unfortunate, I can imagine how devastated you are that you lost the file you've work for 3 hours.



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allyn2017

That's frustrating. You work so hard for it and it was easily gone.



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Judas2018

I lost 20 pages of a burgeoning screenplay back in the Windows Vista days. System crashed out of nowhere, a problem often attributed to that particular operating system. I uninstalled it and went back to Windows XP. Never had any problems after that.



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nrnlss

Wow, that must be really frustrating. I had that problem before too.



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overcast

20 pages is a big damage. I mean nobody can manage that type of the damage in such case. I'd be devastated after writing that much type of the content. I am wondering if you got backup for the writing after that? Any process setup now?



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amelia88

Vista was a buggy operating system for a lot of us, I think. I definitely wasn't a fan of it.



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jeffreyjose48

Yes we experienced it. We have bought a computer desktop before. Then viruses destroyed our computer bit by bit until we lost everything. Until today all the files are gone.



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allyn2017

That's really unfortunate and frustrating.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. That was really unfortunate for us. It was also very frustrating. We gained a great experience or lesson out of it. We must be very careful about computer viruses. I think it came from borrowed USB from others that were full of virus that we don't know.



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superlicca

Borrowed USB is not reliable. It is better to have your own and never lend to anyone.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. Since that time I learned this lesson, I no longer use other USB. I bought my own USB.



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superlicca

That is good to hear that you have your own USB. I had a USB before and I never lent it to anyone. Even if those people would get mad at me. I explained to them the possibility of getting a virus and that I had some important files on my USB.



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nrnlss

yes, you should always put it in autosave.



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allyn2017

True, you should always put anti virus and be careful with it.



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iambeth

That happened to me when I used my flash drive in an internet cafe before. I saw my files disappearing one by one due to a virus attack. Good thing my friend was able to recover some of the infected data.



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Judas2018

Internet Cafe's are a good way to have all of your info either destroyed or exposed. Their networks are rarely if ever secure, no matter what they might tell you.



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Jeane

If the computer you are using is discoverable on a network and most cyber cafes have their computers interconnected, anyone can access your files if you have them stored in a removable drive/disk. The risk isn't worth it IMO.

If your files are online and you need to edit them in a cyber cafe, access the site through a free online vpn.



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theresajane

That's very terrible. I'm sure a lot of people will also feel bad as we have experienced that too.



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theresajane

I have experienced this before. Back when the computers are still in Windows XP. That was really frustrating and honestly, back then, I was still a student and I only know few troubleshooting processes.



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allyn2017

I feel you, that era is very frustrating because it is still hard to recover a file.



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allyn2017

I was writing an article for schoolpaper when I was in highschool, I was almost done when the Microsoft office suddenly crash. I tried recovering it but it is no use, I was really frustrated that time because the due of that article is coming.



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Barida

Losing contents that we've written is one of the most painful thing to experience. I mean it is not nice especially when the whole content is one that is official and took you a lot of time to organize it.



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theresajane

I can still remember how the system of Windows look before when it crashes. It produces a series of glitched windows which I didn't have a choice but to just play with it to remove my frustration.



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Barida

I have lost photo files and it was really not nice for me. The pain of losing out on those files that you wish to see can be that painful and will need one to work things to make sure everything is okay.



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superlicca

This could be a horrible experience for anyone. I experienced it before but not on my own computer. I rented a computer in an Internet cafe to do a research. I spent almost two hours just to find all the information that I had to find. One mistake that I made was not saving it on my device like USB or Gmail since I saved it the computer that I rented. While I was searching on the web, the computer just restarted and I did not know why. So, I immediately checked the data that I saved on the computer and I was so miserable to find out that it was not there. I told the staff on the internet shop but he was not able to help me. I just got a discount at their shop as compensation.



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mcnasci24

Ish, that sucks! I don't understand why the staff didn't help you more. Maybe because they have a preset, where all data will be eliminated no matter what after a certain period of time, so sensitive information that was left accidentally by another customer is deleted. Or perhaps to avoid any type of viruses to wreak havoc on their computers.



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superlicca

I think that might be the reason. I did not fight with the staff because I really wanted to cry at that time. I spent another hour to do what I had to do. That was the time that I did not have my own computer but now that I have my own, I will make sure not to experience that again.



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emiaj55

A couple of times. Back when I was just starting with my writing career, I was using an old family P. C.. Back then we do not have auto save features. A lot of times there would be power fluctuations, and the P.C would just suddenly shut down. That was why I really aimed to get a decent laptop on my first fees.



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esteban123

I have experienced before that I have lost some important files in my computer because my friend uses my laptop without asking some permission with me when we are making a group research about our feasibility study before. He accidentally deleted some of my articles to be published on my online jobs and some photos that was very important to me. I was really disappointed with him but then I just forgive him since he it was not his intention to do that and was just careless during that day that made him to commit such mistakes.



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Jeane

There is nothing more annoying than having to do a lot of work and losing it all in one moment. I once lost a story I had been working on like that. I was using WORD and at that time unless you enabled "auto-save," in case of anything you lost all your work. And I did. I never bothered to re-write that story but from then on I'd do my writing the old school way - pen and paper first. That way if the computer crashed, I'd still have my manuscript.



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amelia88

There's something to be said about pen and paper! I still write a lot of handwritten notes, even if it's just dot pointing some ideas for articles. Even just having a framework down on paper can be helpful in the event that your computer crashes out of nowhere.



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mcnasci24

Me too! Despite all the technology that surrounds us, I find that writing in pen and paper helps me remember things more accurately, and I feel comfortable writing as well. I guess old habits never die, right?



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Judas2018

I take notes and jot down things using pen and paper but I don't really write long briefs or written pieces using pen and paper anymore unless it's some sort of emergency.



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overcast

I have that problem plenty of times. And I also lost my replies on forums, chat and many other places. I think when I moved to laptop and installed the lazarus plugin. I managed to save up a lot of snippets and got back my writing. This is something everyone should be using if they want to retain the content they type in the browser. Check typio extension too if you want.



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jayjaydimson

I haven't tried it before because I always save my article or essay and back it up from time to time.



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edencaga

Yes but it was a research papers. I remember it was my Thesis subject and I have to pass my research papers immediately that week but when I had to go to school at that time, I noticed my laptop wasn't with me only to find out it was lost somewhere in our house. My ex boyfriend stole it and lend it to others like it was like a cheap one. Very frustrating experience that I have to collect all over again and checked all my files I saved here in google.



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ajahcuizon

That was so horrific. Good for you that you already left that ex boyfriend of yours. It is really hard to finish a research or thesis paper, so it may really cause us such headaches whenever a problem would arise. But you're situation could really be your worst experience.



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edencaga

Yes you are right. I wasn't expecting him to do that of course. I just found out when we already separated after two years. I was crying for two weeks as my important files and photos were there and I don't have any copies except my thesis from google but not all. Some chapters were saved from my laptop which I haven't save in google. Now I am single and I am happy to be like this and I regret that I have that kind of boyfriend before.



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ajahcuizon

Congratulations as you made the best decision of leaving him. A man like him doesn't deserve a woman like you. He doesn't even thought of you when he stole your laptop. He didn't even consider that there are a lot of important files there. Better to save a copy of your files in Google Drive so that you won't have to lose such important files again.



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edencaga

Yes, it was a lesson for me so that next time I'll be more careful in saving up my important files if ever something happened to my laptop again. Yeah, I deserve someone else better than him.



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ajahcuizon

Its still getting on my nerves everytime I remember it. I was working hsrd to finish that article of mine. I was about to finish my work but the application suddenly stopped working. Then it was forced to close. I restarted it but the whole file was totally gone, along with my other files. That was so tragedic. From that day, I always save a copy of my file to google drive.



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jaymish

When I first started writing I lost so many drafts. I learned the hard way to keep saving my work every other second. Like you I know use Google docs for everything, even for office work. I find it much easier because a record of my work is always on hand. We have regular power black outs in my Country, its really hard to loose work that you have been working on when the power goes of suddenly Google docs is the best invention since sliced bread.



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agbuyarashel

I used to do all my writings in my phone. One time I forgot that my phone has low battery and I am already close to the ending of my assignment then it blacked out.
All my ideas, efforts and hardships are all gone. I learned that I should always check tge battery first and always save so that when it blacked out atleast I get to save some.



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NerdIndeed

My advice is to use Google Docs when you're taking down notes regarding work or school. The good thing about it is the auto-save feature, and it gets saved in the cloud. You can come back to it anytime, anywhere, using any device as long as you use the same account.



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burgosmichael24

I also have that experience in the past and the only thing that I can do is to accept the fact that my files are gone. After that incident I back up my files in my email and in a flash drive but my flash drive got corrupted and fortunately someone help me and I recover my files.



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Martinsx1

Seriously, I have had a lot of bad experiences with using flash drives in receiving and sending files to my computer or laptop. It has infected my computer with so many virus in the past that damaged so many of my files and I was never able to recover them again.

Now, I'm making use of wireless Bluetooth Dongle to receive and send files to my computer.



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jaybee19

I almost cracked up when I read your statement about not killing your husband lol. On the other hand, going back to the topic, yes I did lost some of my most important articles/documents because of problems like power shortage and software application crashes which leads to immediate shut down. I am actually using a laptop that does have a broken battery and so I have to always plug my device to be able to use it. However, because power shortage is a bit common problem here where I live, my laptop would always shut down leaving some of the articles I'm currently writing unsaved and sometimes my MS Word doesn't implement auto-save and that's just frustrating because I have a very bad memory and it's very hard for me to remember everything I wrote in detail.



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HappyLady

The ex was very wise. He waited until we were in a very public place to tell me! It was a busy bookshop. To be fair, he was trying to help at the time, but just did not have the skills he hoped he had. I know that issue of the broken battery and having to plug the laptop in. Recently, I bought a Chromebook and it is such a luxury to have something I can use without a plug for a fair while. My guess is, from the country you are in, there is no possibility of 24/7 internet access so saving to a cloud would help, but might not solve the problem. I would be saving after every couple of paragraphs.



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luv2xacosta

Yes I did lost my thesis once, I edit t on my friend's laptop. She thought thought that I have save it on a USB so she deleted it good thing I retrieve it on her laptop's recycle bin. I actually learn my lesson form that day because it is an important document so I always directly save it on my USB, aside from that I send it to my email address just in case if my USB is lost or corrupted I have a back.



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Martinsx1

Thank the heaven that you have the opportunity to recover the article in the laptop recycle bin. If it had been in your smartphone, that would have been the end line of of the article and you would be left with the only option of writing it all over again.



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Martinsx1

This happens to me on daily basis. It's not just on computer or system crash that makes me lose articles, but also on poor internet network breakdown when trying to submit the article.

What I normally do now to save myself the stress of losing and writing the articles all over again would be copying the article before trying to submit it.



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kaushikangara

A system crash is the most annoying thing that can happen when you are working on something very important. It happened to me once when I was writing my mini project thesis and since then, I make sure I save my work every 10 mins. A simple mouse click saves a lot of time and effort. As people here have mentioned, you can use Google docs as an excellent alternative, your work is stored on the cloud and there will be nothing to worry about. Also make sure you have all other documents, programs closed when you are working on something really important, just to be on the safer side.



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anyone01

In 15 years I have spent a massive quantity of time round computer systems. On top of that, I’m not one in every of your everyday person. I work online and experiment. I push things to the limit. My scariest experience didn’t come from something just like the dark net or malware. It because of my personal silly user mistakes.



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Youngshark

For me it's all during the period CV when I used to write a majority of the articles online. The lights would go out at times and my laptop charger was ruined hence the comp would switch off immediately. The loss was always disheartening.



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gutzman

I am glad you didn't killed him. I had so many of that incident especially when I was just a student and I need to type so many different things in my computer like thesis and all that. I always make sure that I have a back up in a different storage or most of the time via social media so that no matter happens, I'll always be able to recover my lost files. Also those viruses which hides or deletes your files is very annoying.



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Einalem

As for me, I've been into a similar situation before. Luckily, since we were the one who have written and created those compositions, it would be possible for us to recall its content. Though it may be difficult and time consuming, we were left with no choice but to make sure it won't happen again.



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mhingnhormz

Have you ever lost an important article or essay in a computer crash or similar: I've experienced similar also when I am making my thesis, I don't have my own computer so i saved my file in a flash drive to be able to access it anywhere. Most of the time i only borrow a netbook to my friends or classmate when it is free to be for me to finish my thesis but one time i go to cyber cafe because there's no available netbook for me to use. That time i was so feel empty and own when i can't access my file i don't know why but I can't find it anymore I try to ask a help from the cybers cafe owners'but he can't find it also. I go home so depressed that time to the point that my tears can't even down.



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DenisP

I’ve fortunately never lost an important article or essay due to my computer crashing, but I’ve definitely lost important files in the past. The most notable one was from when I was in college.

I was taking film classes at the time, and I had spent the whole week editing a short film I had made with my team. I was nearly done with the project, and just three days before the assignment was due, my hard drive crashed and I lost all of my data.

Thankfully I still had the footage on my SD card,but I ended up editing for 48 straight hours in order to get all my work done before the due date.



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knnon

I'm sure that must've really annoyed and hurt you having lost all that work. I'm one of the lucky ones who have yet to experience that because I always back up my work, and always tend to have a back up...of the back up. Yes I know I'm weird. But there's always a first time for everything, right? Hopefully not soon for me!



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Franzel2oo

I once had my PC stolen just soon after I wrapped up shooting a documentary, and all the footage was saved on my computer's hard drive. I equally had a good number of pictures, ebooks and a lot of my favorite movies and songs on there. The lesson I learned from that: Always have at least two backup copies on external hard drives. You never know when you can be sorry.



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NerdIndeed

I have a similar situation but not regarding work but video tutorials. Those tutorials are really important to me because I use them from time to time to polish my skills. I've downloaded them for hours. One time, my computer crashed, and I have no means to access the files so I lost them and when I search for them online, they're not there anymore.



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stbrians

I have lost many articles with sites failing. Many sites have hone under and they go with my posts. I have lost many



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jpk0007

Well, it is certainly a very awful thing that happened with you. I can imagine how you must have felt when you lost your work. One has to work hard to write down all the thoughts and ideas. Once you lose your work permanently, then all the efforts you have taken go to waste and it is bound to be a very painful experience. I try to backup all my important work on google docs so that i wont loose it due to power failures or any other malfunction.



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Wenkx03

Back in my high school days. I don't have my computer set so I have to rent in internet café for my research and thesis. Once I experienced im so focus in my research because of my tight schedule. The costumer sitting beside me stand as he log out but press and angry knowing that I have to start over. That was a terrible experience.



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HappyLady

That was a really mean thing to do to you. You mean he logged you out as well as himself. How frustrating, espescially without your own hardware, to have to begin again.



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HappyLady

Seems like everyone has had this situation happen and learned by it, but for some, power outages and the country they are in make it harder to be sure everything is saved. Sooner or later, someone is going to have to come up with a Word processor that automatically saves everything to a cloud. That might help a bit, although not with work you do offline. Now hmmm...can anyone thing of an automatic solution to that which avoids any of us having to do anything?



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rlpzbeermoney

There was one instance of that happening but luckily, Word occasionally saves a draft of my work every minute or so. I think it's a genius idea but they could have made it more user friendly on how to actually recover the document. That was years ago. Now, you can recover the file by opening Word and finding the doc on the left side. Before you'd have to jump through so many folders just to find it.



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JBeleren

Yes, this has happened to me before but not through another persons fault. I was the one who unknowingly deleted my work for a school paper without backing it up. it was disheartening and I had to tearfully explain it to my professor. Fortunately she gave me another chance to submit the paper even after the deadline had passed. After that ordeal I made it a point to always back up my files.



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