To a mouse

Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

There’s a lot I like about living just on the edge of town, large garden, more space, no noisy neighbours etc but there are drawbacks and one of the smaller drawbacks caused a near fatal problem for me… namely a mouse

Recently my computer started making more noise than usual, it was never quiet but even so it was getting painfully noisy, it would seem that a mouse had got into the back through an open pci slot on my computer and must have been hungry as hell because it had chewed all sorts of cable and transistors around and on the motherboard, all this culminated in complete hard drive failure on Monday, it’s a sickening feeling to see your computer die.

Thankfully spurred on by this post Al made about Tyler’s hiccup I decided to buy a USB drive a couple of months ago and started to make weekly backups which windows can do automatically, phew. Pity it happened on a Monday morning which means my most recent backup is a full week old but I’ll live with that gladly!

I have restored almost everything, a weeks worth of emails gone which is annoying but it could have been worse, my whole business, emails, contacts, accounts, receipts could have been taken down by a tiny mouse, little xxxxxx!  I made sure my computer wasn’t the only thing that died that day. So back to normal almost for me, starting to be back into gear and I’ll be looking to be much more productive over the coming weeks.

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About Scott Jones

Scott hails from the north east of Scotland and started earning online at the end of 2000 building websites for local businesses during which time he won an award from Lord Alan Sugar for Excellence in Enterprise. After having quite a bit of success with domaining Scott mainly runs educational evergreen websites which generate over 3 million visitors per month but is always on the lookout for a fresh thinking out of the box way to turn a buck. Follow on Twitter.


  1. You should really look up For $5/month, you get unlimited offsite backup, and it runs in the background, automatically backing up files as they’re created or modified.

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  2. You can also use gmail to backup your files. I use them to backup my wordpress blog since it has unlimited storage. I think the windows client is called gmail drive.

  3. Why not use a rat cake to kill these things because they eat the cake and move out from your place.

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  4. I back up about 100gb of data from my comp onto the usb drive at present once a week.

  5. Thanks for the suggestion, Justin. Can you also use it to backup your website, as well as your local hard disk?

    Cheers, Jon

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  6. happily to all of us you managed to restore and make your computer ok. So we are waiting for your new not less interesting posts, ok?

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  7. Dont forget to also have an extra copy of your data kept off site, or get a firesafe to keep the drive in. I couldnt imagine losing my data, just think of all those accounts, passwords, files that you build up over the years, it would be impossible to get it all back! USB drives are so cheap these days that I have two of them now, one for regular backups and another for a monthly archive backup.

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