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Posted 12/18/2012 by Jen in NCal in General Photography
 

Jen in NCal
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Posted: 12/18/2012 5:24:11 PM
My EHD failed before I could back up to CDs. Lightroom was supposed to put the pictures on my main computer and put a second copy on the EHD. It didn't. I've lost all of 2011, which really only amounts to our St. Lucia trip. And I've already printed that.

But the worst loss is my cat pictures. Since they aren't attached to an event, they go in the cat folder. That one was only on the EHD for some reason. Now I have no pictures of the three cats we have now or the cats that came before.

My BIL works in IT and is a major computer geek. He's been working on it but with no luck. I can't decide if I should try and send it somewhere since he has already had a go at it.

I spent last night making CDs of 2012 and I purchased CrashPlan.

Oh, and the cat ate the cord to the new EHD last night too.

Lessons learned and all that.


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Posted: 12/18/2012 10:25:22 PM
It shouldn't happen to ANYONE!!!! people mistakenly think that putting it on a hard drive is 'Backing Up'..... ONLY if you ALSO keep the originals. Backing up is exactly that.... ONE original copy AND One Backup copy or more. Ideally you should back up your external hard driive to ANOTHER Hard drive (Ask your BIL) prefferably stored in a different location.


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Posted: 12/19/2012 6:33:43 PM
Thank you for your oh-so kind sympathy. I THOUGHT I was making a second back-up copy. Only to find out too late that it wasn't.


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Posted: 12/19/2012 6:49:28 PM
Well, I think Robert is really just trying to help. And his point is valid - it's a good idea to have more than one backup. Three (or more) is better. If you have a Mac I highly recommend using Time Machine. It's soooo simple. If you're on a PC, I think you can buy software that will regularly back up data to an EHD you keep plugged in at all times.

I use Time Machine, I back up to DVDs, and I try to have files on two identical EHDs that are not plugged in all the time. It's a lot of work, but I should do even more than I'm already doing.

Are you sure LR failed to put them on your computer? I don't use LR, but I've read lots of discussion about people thinking their files are gone when it was really just a file-naming error.

Anne

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Posted: 12/20/2012 5:53:17 AM
Hopefully your BIL can help you out. We had that happen years ago, fortunately we were also backing up to an off-location site as well as the external drive (and always to disks since losing Christmas pictures one year - long, long ago). I feel your pain!

I agree with everything Anne suggest (we also use Time Machine on our Mac) - plus the extra precautions.

Fingers crossed you get your pictures back.


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Posted: 12/20/2012 10:37:46 AM
I feel your pain.

A couple of days ago, my DH dropped an EHD on our tile kitchen floor. It is toast. Of course, It was *my* EHD from my old HP laptop. I used it to automatically back up my HP and mostly just contained "stuff" and nothing of great importance. The only things of any value (to me) was the pictures of my 3 late dogs.

I'm know the photos are still on the HP, but the computer is refusing to boot-up at the moment. That's all I want. The pictures of my puppies.

Hope you can retrieve your pictures.


Karen

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