Shortly before I took this selfie with two of my computer's hard drives, I smelled computer smoke. That's never good.
After years of trying to convince me to upgrade my 28" wide screen monitors to a new 49" curved 4K Ultra HD Samsung screen, my friend Ken finally got his way. Here it now sits next to my what-I-thought-was-a-big-enough-monitor.
It's so big, I actually have to turn my head left and right, up and down to see everything. The best part - I can read an entire land record without having to zoom in at all.
It hasn't all been fine and dandy though. There's been a little big of a lag with the cursor on the large screen. After a few days of trying to get used to it, I couldn't take it anymore. I tried adjusting the resolution, the refresh rate, and more but nothing would resolve the problem. So at the recommendation of others, I purchased a new video card. I've installed these in the past; I knew what I was doing. Apparently not. When I closed everything up and pushed the power button, I heard a soft audible "puff" sound followed by the fragrance of computer smoke followed by nothing. There was no life to my computer.
Initially, I did not think it was too big of a problem, but I did have our "Discover the new Legacy 9 software" webinar the next day. I took the computer in where they investigated the problem. I returned a few hours later. They said they had good news and bad news for me. I don't remember the good news because the bad news they shared was really bad news. Both my 2TB data hard drive and its 3TB backup hard drive were "toast." These drives stored all of my pictures, genealogy files, financials - everything.
The first thing I thought of was my Legacy Family Tree software. Then I smiled. Just hours earlier, I used the brand new Legacy Cloud to backup my family file to Legacy 9's new offsite, secure server. My genealogy was safe! Fortunately everything else was also safe - I've been using BackBlaze.com's backup service for years. All of my 1.3TB of data should be backed up there too.
In the end, I had the computer service people quickly build me a computer good enough to host Friday's webinar. After installing Legacy 9, I used the "Restore from Legacy Cloud" tool which restored my Legacy file perfectly. I'm still waiting for the hard drive I ordered from BackBlaze.com to arrive with the rest of my data, but thanks to Legacy 9, I had immediate access!
The damage could have been a lot worse. Thanks to a good backup strategy and to the Legacy Cloud, I'm back in business.