Something Old, Something New, Computer 1, Computer 2

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Family,Friend

lots of time to transfer files to external hard drive

A couple weeks before Christmas, my daughter said, “Mom, when was the last time you backed up your computer?”

Since Alyssa is NOT into computers and usually tosses her laptop to me in complete frustration whenever something goes wrong with it or when she has caused something to go wrong with it, I found her question to be rather odd.

“It has been awhile since I’ve done a full backup,” I answered. “I should really take the time to do it soon and keep up with it because my computer is going to die on me one day.”

That was pretty much the end of the conversation about me backing up my old decrepit computer and I didn’t think about it again because I was in the midst of making presents for everyone. I just couldn’t spare the time to spend hours backing up stuff. Plus, it is really a boring task!

transferring files to external hard drive

There was, however, a very good reason for Alyssa to prod me into backing up my hard drive.

Whenever I backup the information from my computer to the external hard drive, I have several folders copying simultaneously. It seems to go faster that way especially since some folders take 113, 144, 189, 238 or even 259 minutes to copy and transfer. Over the past few days, I have been quite busy getting everything on my old computer copied and backed up to the external hard drive.

I didn’t do all that work because Alyssa had prodded me or because I was terrified to lose the information. My old computer has been on the verge of death for many years and I have become a professional at resuscitating it. Just when I would think that it was impossible, I would find one more way to breathe new life into the old parts.

Anyway, the reason why I have been backing up all my information is because Alyssa coordinated people who care for me to go together and buy me a new gift. Actually several gifts…

    a new 22″ computer monitor
    a new ergonomic keyboard
    a new ergonomic mouse
    and yes, a new computer.

old computer monitor new computer monitor

Shocked doesn’t even come close to how I felt upon discovering that I finally had a new computer after all these years.

Overwhelmed and deeply grateful while being in shock is more how I felt. Of course, my joy and gratitude leaked out of my eyes.

In the midst of being jobless for the first time in my life because I was laid off and because I’m completely terrified with the dark unknown stretching in front of me, I have a new computer that has brightened my days. It doesn’t have all the quirky problems that my old computer had because it is brand spanking new!

After saving all the information from my old computer to the external hard drive, you won’t believe what happened. My old monitor died. I’m not kidding. The screen went bright PINK and then died. I couldn’t believe it. How crazy is it that JUST as I was finished backing up, the old monitor died?

new computer redhead riter blog

I love my new computer equipment. Everything is sooooooooooooo fast and I don’t have to fight with the computer to get it to do anything. The new computer does everything I want it to do and when I want it to do it. I’m still a bit overwhelmed that my daughter coordinated this awesome gift for me .

Let me just say, I am REALLY grateful for all the hours that my old computer has served me. Although I am quite depressed with my joblessness, I am counting my blessings and enjoying my thrilling new computer.

Thank y’all for my wonderful gift. I will never forget your generosity.

“We must find time to stop and thank
the people who make a difference in our lives.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Don January 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

Sherry, you are reaping what you sowed………..good job!


2 Sherry Riter January 13, 2014 at 2:50 am

Thanks Don! 😀


3 Joan January 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

All I can say is that it is about time you got a new computer! Your old computer was dying since 2010. It’s actually amazing that you were able to keep it going for another three years. RIP old computer. 🙂


4 Sherry Riter January 13, 2014 at 2:49 am

Yes Joan! It is a miracle that the old computer lasted this long! 😀


5 Young Werther January 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm

There can’t be a more thankless task in the universe than Copy Paste…..
I hate the waiting and the snail pace the indication bar plods along!



6 Sherry Riter January 13, 2014 at 2:48 am

🙂 So you’re learning patience? LOL


7 Wade Brandis February 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Though you have had your new computer for about a year now since the article was written, I have a question about the old computer. What was the processor/RAM like, and what became of the old computer?

Sometimes, older computers can be kept going for many many years by occasionally reinstalling the Windows OS, or even switching it to a lightweight Linux OS. It doesn’t always work, but if it does, it can make for a good backup system in case the newer computer goes out of service for any reason. I have a nearly 15 year old tower computer I am wanting to make into a retro PC game box, but I need a copy of Windows 98 first. It previously ran Windows XP and it has a 1ghz Pentium III.


8 Sherry Riter February 22, 2015 at 1:42 am

I still have my old computer. LOL


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