Right in the middle of second period my PowerPoint lesson crapped out. The screen turned blue and scrolled some "data recovery dump" warning before everything shut down. Upon reboot the screen read "no hard drive detected" and I heard only a faint clicking from inside my VAIO.
I just replaced the hard-drive back in September, I thought. But whatever, I had to do so again. I typically back up my data every couple weeks, but I did lose some stuff: an entire week's worth of lesson plans, my fourth quarter grade book (a major loss!) and a few new iTunes downloads (The National, The New Pornographers, Vampire Weekend, an old Traffic LP, and Brandi Carlisle's latest, not to mention Ray LaMontagne's first, which I had just downloaded to replace a CD which got ruined in my car). So I'm out about $50 worth of music just purchased, argh.
Now I'm home with the new drive installed and the VAIO is telling me the new 500 GB disc is "too small or non-existent" for me to load up the operating system. Argh. I need this shit right now like a hole in the head. I have interviews every day and need access to email and printing so I can land a job for next year. The old Dell I'm using now has faulty USB ports and some weird HP glitch so I can't print anything and I can't use my flip drives to transfer files to a machine which does print. I'm sure my car will blow up next.
I spent today rushing from school to an interview to Best Buy and back and then I had to recreate the three lessons I lost and now I was hoping to get my new hard drive loaded and running and it doesn't work.
Let's just say I'm fucking closer to the edge every day, and computer woes are the last thing I need to finish out the year with. I'm trying to teach the kids, to keep them learning and active, while others show movies and play board games in class. Give me a break and let my laptop function again, oh great wheel of karma!