OK. I'll admit it. After years of subscribing to automated computer backup services which slowed down my machine, I pulled the plug. Done with that annoying, recurring $99 yearly fee. And not only did I quit paying for the backup service on my computer, but I also cheaped out on the iCloud extended plan of $2.99 a month to accommodate all my photos. My digital complacency was at level 10 on a scale of 1-10 (ten being the worst).
I AM the poster child for "what happens when"... My computer took "Blue Screened" on Monday, and not to be outdone, by my iPhone6 followed suit quickly on Wednesday.
I'm the marketing GURU of my team. My Windows 7 computer runs Adobe Master Collection CS3 which when purchased new was a $2,600 graphics software package. So as of Monday I'm dead in the water without the computer, as the softward won't run on my newer machines.
It goes without saying that my iPhone holds all my business contacts, photos, videos of not only real estate, but travels back in time to my kid's graduations, vacations and priceless memories.
Day 1. Computer dies. Panic and disgust set in. I order Windows 7 install disk from eBay.
Day 2. Still no install disk. I stay at home and work on my laptop doing "non creative" things.
Day 3. Install Disk arrives. I discover my computer needs proprietary Windows 7 for Toshiba.
Day 4. iPhone touchscreen malfunctions. Can't unlock phone, but I'm able to text with my Apple watch and field calls through my Bluetooth in my car.
Day 5. UGH... chest pains. Help I can't breathe. Nothing is working. I rush the Toshiba over to the computer hospital and head to Verizon to fix the phone. Verizon doesn't fix phones. I drive to the Apple store in the mall. After explaining the malfunction of the iPhone to the gal at Apple's GENIUS BAR, she instructs me to unlock my phone on the touchscreen.... my head explodes . I scoff at the GENIUS, grab my phone and run to Best Buy. Having worked at Best Buy a few years ago, I knew there would be someone there willing to attempt CPR on my ill phone. To no avail. So I purchase a new 256g iPhone 8 Plus, a beautiful sparkly protective case and a few other blingy accessories. Not that I need them. My nerves are shot, and this is what I do to cheer myself up after a bad day.
Day 6. Weekend is here. But I'm still in full panic mode. I'm feverishly watching YouTube videos on how to revive my old phone to retrieve my pix and contact info.
Day 7. Sunday. Still holding onto the sinking ship. I think I've discovered a hack to unlock my broken iPhone6 Plus, and order a firewire to USB dongle from eBay.
Day 8. I still can't get my Adobe Master Collection software to open on my revived computer. Even after multiple days of reinstalling, it just won't work!!! Typical Monday. I want to throw in the towel.
Somewhere between day 8 and 20... it's a blur. But I managed to resurrect my laptop and after numerous attempts to reinstall my software decided to clone the old boot drive onto the machine and Wa-La it worked again.
Day 20. In desperation, I contacted an old boyfriend who allowed me to use his bluetooth wireless keyboard for his ipad to hack my phone. I won't get into the semantics of how I did this. It took over 3 weeks of intense thought on how to retrieve all of my data off of the iphone. And considering the 20+ hours of Apple Tech phone calls which all ended with the person on the other end of the call telling me "we're sorry, we don't have a way to pull the data off of your phone" I am not willing to go through this anxiety ever again.
ANYONE WHO READS THIS AND IS STILL NOT BACKING UP THEIR DATA REGULARLY WILL BE IN FOR A REAL "I TOLD YOU SO" IN THE FUTURE. Trust me, I thought it would never happen to me. This is a public service announcement to inform the complacent into reality!
**If anyone has experienced a full touchscreen failure on an iPhone6 or iPhone6 Plus, you may contact me through my website and I will attempt to tell you how I hacked mine and successfully backed up the entire phone**
Denise Samouilidis | Realtor Associate at Mirsky Realty Group