So you might remember this post from a while ago:
Well the bad technology luck fairy struck again a week and a half ago. I went to start my beloved laptop, and it refused to boot, and never did again. Long story short, turned out the hard drive died. But not to worry, maybe I can still get the data off it? Nope. Well not to worry, I made a backup recently? Mmm come to think of it, I guess I never made a backup since moving. Well I guess I can just deal with the fact that I finally finished organizing my iTunes library after however many years and I can just grab the latest backup that I did before I moved. Well turns out that backup I thought I had was not actually a backup, but a pathetic dream. So the most recent “backup”? About a year ago.
So everything I put on that laptop in the last year is gone. Long long gone. The funny thing is, I wasn’t even that upset about it. I guess I’m just used to the fickleness of technology.
But, BUT! One bright spot about this, believe it or not. When they replaced the hard drive, they put a 160GB one in, which I’m pretty sure is about 60GB more than the last one in there, but oh well, who am I to argue? So since I have a giant hard drive (giggle), I decided, well why not put ALL of my music on this computer. May as well. Well in doing that, I realized that I actually had a backup of my iTunes library from about 2 or so years ago. Hmmm, wonder what’s on there. I loaded it into iTunes, and it was about 10,000 or so songs. Cool. Then I noticed that I saw a bunch of ratings. In fact, a TON of ratings. IN FACT, THE WHOLE LIBRARY IS RATED. HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT, muttered I.
So after a little bit of tinkering, and about 4 solid ours of organization and staring at the computer screen last night, I was able to recover all 10,000+ ratings I once spent an entire year doing (you can read why that’s such a big deal to me in that post I linked above)
Hopefully this will all once again be a learning experience for me, one that will ultimately bite me in the ass once again.