I did everything they told me to do in order to rid my computer life of the Chinese government. One small step I didn't think of, and I don't recall that they suggested: I didn't back up my hard drive right before I pulled the plug.
No, I didn't. I just removed it from the computer and locked it up into a case.
Then I got settled here, and it was finally time to pull some information off of that puppy.
Oh, it works. I can hook it right up to the new computer, do some other magical IT things and presto! There's my hard drive.
Just one problem: there are many, many missing files. My meticulous financial records are gone. My iTunes library is gone. My tracking system for submitting articles is gone. Even my book proposal, which I spent many long hours crafting, disappeared, along with a rough draft of a book. An actual BOOK, people!
Lucky for me, after hours of searching, I found an older version of the book proposal - I'd emailed it to a friend for an opinion awhile back. But everything else seems to be gone, including the draft of the book. My writing files are actually backed up somewhere - I just can't remember where. Probably somewhere in the HHE, which has supposedly steamed into the Port of Aqaba, but likely won't be here any time soon. My financial files are not backed up, I don't think. But I'm not sure.
I am beyond annoyed.
So, folks. Learn from my mistake. Back your stuff up before your last minute stressful move preparations begin. And then remember where you put the backup.