Let me immediately say this had categorically nothing to do with a virus, I know some might jump in with this assumption.
I have just lost absolutely everything on my lap-top since April 2007. My User Profile would not load and despite 2 hours of tech support from Dell, we could not fix it. I finally had no choice but to do a PC restore back to factory settings. I have Dell Data Safe Online but typically this has also not been working correctly and so is of no help.
I had some stuff backed up on disk like iTunes, some pictures....but no word docs (hundreds), no internet favourites (which were all your blogs and hundreds of fave sites) no emails to my non web based account (which is my main one) - so receipts for purchases/memberships all important stuff etc, no email addresses apart from the older ones I have on this desktop.
Right now I don't think it's sunk in what I have lost. I guess it will only be as I need stuff I will either remember it or find it again!
So although I have this desktop for now, I am going to be very busy for the rest of this week trying to rebuild my PC life. My blog posts will as a result be minimal.
Thank god I have this and my other blog, as I actually have alot of photographs on these that I can save back to my PC.
Anyway - UTTER NIGHTMARE!
If you are in regular email contact with me please can you send me an email to either my home email if you have it, or firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP so I can save your address.
THIS MEANS EVERYONE - FRIENDS, FAMILY, WORK COLLEAGUES, BLOG BUDDIES, UK CONTACTS - I have lost you all and need you to email me at the 'pldi' email account if you have that, or the hotmail account. If you don't, then don't expect to hear from me!!
If you know that I visit and comment on your blog, but you are not in my blogroll on the right, please send me an email or reply here so I can get back to your blog and add it back to my Favourites.
If anyone has any other bright ideas feel free to share - but my PC is restored so the hard-drive is as new and nothing can be rescued. If you haven't backed up to a flash drive, online site or disk recently - do it now for me please, oh and remember to do everything - email, internet favourites etc..
I will be leaving this post top for a few days hoping that most people see it and email me.