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    Fine Pickle

    Hot Mess


    Here I am watching paint dry while my laptop backs-up 150 gigs of data onto it’s brand new hard drive. A hundred and fifty GIGS. Remember when a mega bite was a big deal? Le sigh.

    I don’t even know what to say. I thought I’d be up and running in a week. It’s looking more like a month. I’m praying that if I back-up my photos later, I can carve it back down to a week or two. I don’t know anymore. I hate to get my hopes up.

    Everything is upside down. I’m sure there is a lesson in this and I have a hunch what it is but it’s not making the growing pains any better.

    When Apple reinstalled my new hard drive they renamed my username and now Carbonite doesn’t know where to put all my files. I thought I could just direct Carbonite to the new username but it doesn’t look like that is working.

    There are a gabzillion files all over my desktop and stacking by the minute. I don’t know what to do. When it first started happening I cancelled the back-up and had a Carbonite employee walk me through the process. They didn’t know why it was writing to the desktop either but we restarted it anyway, double-checking all the locations directions. They advised me not to change my Apple username. I’m not sure if they were right. But who am I to say? I’m really not a tech head.

    Half an hour into the second restore the files started stacking on my desktop again.

    At this point I’m just cutting my losses. We are a full 24 hours into the back-up and I don’t want to start over again. I’ll just be the filing queen for a week or two. That’s better than sitting here watching a scroll bar creep across my screen at speeds I can’t even see.

    Watching paint dry.

    I keep taking screen shots so I can compare them hourly and see that indeed files are moving byte by byte. But some files are bigger than others and the numbers don’t change for really long periods of time. When I asked the Carbonite employee how I could tell if the back-up was stuck or just crunching a big file, she said to just watch it for a day or two.

    A DAY OR TWO? Oh my goodness. I remember when I thought wasting twenty minutes was a big deal. Now I have to sit here and wait a day or two to see if the back-up is possibly stuck or not. I’m thinking the lesson here is:

    P A T I E N C E

    I’m not so sure I’m a fan of Carbonite anymore. I’m so thankful I backed up but I’m thinking my next back-up will be on an external hard drive where I can control things.

    So that’s the news. I know. Boring and complainy. I’m sorry. I think in a day or two I’ll have a better attitude and move on to documenting all the cute outfits Bug wears or I don’t know, something…