“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin
And sometimes lost data can never be retrieved again. Finally tracked down my old laptop to try and get the novel I wrote back in middle school onto my current computer (when I tried getting it off the CD I had backed it up on, it said that the files could not be read; so glad I went out of my way to make a back up copy). The next step is finding my old power cord so I can charge the thing enough to turn it on (it seems the battery life, even when turned off, is less than four years). If I can get it turned on, I think I should be able to find some way of converting the files into a Word document of some kind, maybe upload them through Google docs.
If all else fails, I have one hard copy that I could, in theory, retype. Hopefully it won’t come to that.