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By WetWetWet - / Monday 4 January 2010 11:15 / India
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Back up your work. And if you'd finished it, why didn't you submit it early? You don't exactly deserve it, but by taking basic steps you could have avoided it.

It's possible the Hard-drive is still salvageable, depending on where the water went. Unless the whole things screwed, see if you can get the IT guy to retrieve the Hard-drive.

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How in the world did he deserve it? He has no power over the condition of the building that his job is in, i.e. the pipes. He was doing everything he was supposed to do by getting the project done early and saving it on the computer. YDI's are for people who knowingly do something stupid and have control over what happens but this guy had no control over this. The building isn't his responsibility, it's someone else's. No way did he deserve this!

It's possible the Hard-drive is still salvageable, depending on where the water went. Unless the whole things screwed, see if you can get the IT guy to retrieve the Hard-drive.

Back up your work. And if you'd finished it, why didn't you submit it early? You don't exactly deserve it, but by taking basic steps you could have avoided it.

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Yeah but he shouldn't have to worry about it, that's the thing. The condition of the building isn't his responsibility, so there's no way it could possibly be his fault. Even if he took no steps to make sure the file was saved for good, it's not his fault because the pipes freezing was completely out of his control.

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#6 another way would be to use Google docs. It's like MS Word, but it automatically saves to the cloud instead of your computer.

assuming you are in an extremely small company with no network support whatsoever, you should keep critical files such as this project on a backup media such as an external hard drive (if you have one available or the funds to buy one) or on a network drive that hopefully your IT department keeps available. However, being that as it may, you may still be able to salvage the hard drive, assuming that you didn't keep the computer on over the week-long rest. If you did, there's a chance that the

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my first sentence meant to read, "Assuming you are not in an extremely small company..." The backup media (thumb drive, etc.) should be done regardless. Proofreading and coffee are my boss this morning...

They can't blame you since most people don't bring work home to store in their own computer. Contact your IT department and show *if he doesn't know* your boss what happened.

Water very rarely destroys hard drives. Take it to a local shop and see what they can do. Next time, back up the data off site.

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