A near missMarch 31st, 2012 at 7:55 pm ET
You may recall that I had an unfortunate bicycle incident a few months back necessitating the replacement of my computer. Most everything magically reappeared from the cloud, but there were a few things I had to drag over to the new computer from backup, and I’ve been putting it off and putting it off.
In a wireless world, data moves magically through the aether, which is all well and good except when the data in question is 30 gigabytes. “Estimated time left: 11 hours” is not a cheerful message to receive. So I was dreading the task of restoring my iTunes music collection from backup.
But with taxes due soon, and my Quicken file one of the things still to restore, I took on the task today.
The music collection copied in about half an hour, once I hooked up the backup and the destination volume to the same Ethernet network. But the Quicken restore was trickier.
I had a backup file, but Quicken 2007 doesn’t run on Lion; there’s something else called Quicken Essentials, but that won’t read the backup file. So, faced with a complicated process involving moving my backup file to an old computer just so I could convert it to another format, I bought Quicken Essentials a few months ago and then put all this off.
Well, what do you know — 2 weeks after that, Intuit announced that it was upgrading 2007 to run under Lion after all. So today I downloaded a $15 patch…only to find that I couldn’t figure out how to get the patched 2007 to read my data file. I thought all was lost… But then I found a different version of the data on my backup drive, 2007 opened it on the old computer, I moved it to the new computer, and it opened. Success!
I also sorted out some inconsistencies in photo syncing among all my various MacThis and iThat devices.
All this nonsense took the better part of five hours (I have no idea where the time went).ShareThis