Too Many Storage Places

By | September 15, 2015

I’m looking for a file.

I checked 5 flash drives that I own, and none of them have the file. I checked my personal and work Google drives, all of my Evernote notebooks, and both of my Dropbox accounts. I looked in all the accessible folders on my external hard drive.

Cannot find the file anywhere!

In desperation, I even turned on my old PC laptop to check there. It doesn’t turn on quickly. It takes an hour. Seriously. And it has to stay plugged in, or it will shut off, which means it will take another hour to start up.

In order for my computer to boot up, I have to turn it on and wrap it in a sweater so it overheats first. It takes about an hour. No joke.

In order for my computer to boot up, I have to turn it on and wrap it in a sweater so it overheats first. It takes about an hour. No joke.

I have another external hard drive that has a full backup of my laptop, but I don’t know how to access specific files without actually restoring the entire back up—which I don’t want to/can’t do for several reasons:

  • The backup is old and I don’t want to re-write new files with old ones
  • My laptop probably wouldn’t stand the strain of restoring files anyway
  • I would have to turn the laptop on (see above)
  • I can’t restore onto a different computer because I now have a Mac, not a PC.

I checked all four of my email accounts for sent or received emails with the file as an attachment. No dice.

Now what? Where could it be?

The kicker is, I could swear I encountered it not too long ago. Why can’t I find it?

Well, duh.

These are just the physical storage places where I looked for my missing file.

These are just the physical storage places where I looked for my missing file.

Too many storage places.

And too many possible names for the file. And too many versions of the file—none of which will work for my intended purposes. And too many work-arounds using a less than optimal file type because I couldn’t find the original the last time I needed it either, so now those results are cluttering up my search. And poor organizational strategy.

And too many storage places.

I know the file exists, but I have no idea where.

Now here’s my dilemma:

Do I spend more time hunting it down, or do I spend that time re-creating the file from scratch?

Have you ever been in this predicament? What did you do? What would you recommend to me?


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