Losing Your Data on the Hard Drive

This is a true story.

All my life, I’ve never done backups. I’ve never needed to. Whenever I worked for an office, the office had an IT person who was in charge of that. On the home front, the Hubs is in charge of that. If I lose my wish list of shopping from DVF, BCBG and Double C, he is so busted. However, we’ve both been struggling of late to just stay awake, let alone move the list of things to do to, you know, progress in life, that we tripped.

This is how it happened.

Week 1 – It occurred to me that I’d been working almost 3 months now and without any IT support, I could be in serious trouble should anything happen to my computer. You know how T1 practises her magic Harry Potter spells? YOU NEVER KNOW.

Week 2 – I alerted my bosses and they advised me to get a hard drive immediately. So I got the Hubs to get the external hard drive immediately. He did.

Week 3 – We told ourselves we’d do it over the weekend because the down time it would take to transfer files meant work down time for me and everything was URGENT on my desk. So we waited till the weekend. It also meant more time to do it since the only time we can really do anything productively is after the kids are in bed.

Week 4 – The computer hard drive died just before Week 4 began. Panic and LOTS of crying. Blame. Guilt. Regret. Tears. Stress. You name it.

Week 5 – Hard Drive is at selected Data Recovery Centre short listed from a list. They gave a high quotation (RM 4,000) yet no guarantees. I was helpless. After lots chasing, phone calls and frustrations, I accepted that I would never see my files again. Cried. Cried again. Cried to sleep. Prayed. Prayed hard. Hated Data Recovery people.

Week 6 – They still couldn’t tell me if my files could be recovered. But if I paid RM 6,000, they could put my case on the express train. I’d already lost a week and had started to do my work all over again. Depression set in.

Week 7 – Data Recovery Centre people called to tell me they’d recovered my files! I didn’t show an OUNCE of excitement. I’d already been stabbed and had already accepted they’d died but contractually, I had to pay them and I guess I should be happy because my girls photos are back, which was the most important thing.


I do backups every day now. It’s been a hard lesson. That money could have gone towards my Chanel bag, damn!


Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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  1. If u uses a Mac, there is a back-up system whereby it backs up your data every 10-15 mins (depending on your set-up) and can link up to 3 computers. My boss uses it.

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