Back to school with @BBYCanada – Backup your homework!

external hard driveI am back to teaching undergraduates in the next couple of weeks (argh! is it really THAT soon? help!) so pretty much all I have on top of my mind is preparing lecture slides, shaping the contents of my syllabus and deciding on the topics I want to cover. So, when the PR folks for Best Buy approached me to inform me about the offerings they had for back-to-school season (which is starting now and up until possibly the first week of September, when we are all back to university), I inquired whether they’d sponsor a giveaway for my readers.

And Best Buy kindly agreed!

I’m giving away one (1) Western Digital MyBook World Edition 1TB 3.5″ External Hard Drive, valued at $169.99 (Canadian retail price).

Create an automatic, continuous backup of all the Windows-based and Mac computers in your home. Included backup software allows you to seamlessly access data from up to five computers, so you can store and share your family’s digital media in one central location.
· Access files anytime, anywhere using MioNet remote access technology
· 1TB of networked storage
· Built-in media server
· Windows and Mac compatible

To enter this giveaway, tell me your lost data nightmare story in the comments section. Let me tell you mine, rather quickly. My laptop died as I was completing my PhD dissertation and I didn’t use to back up often enough. So I had to email myself early drafts of my PhD dissertation – and one day, I emailed myself the wrong one and had to rewrite about 20 pages (of 200 at the time). Ouch. Yes, ouch is right. I learned my lesson and now backup regularly.

You have until Monday August 23rd at 2pm to enter my giveaway. Drop a comment on this post for one entry, and gain an additional one by tweeting the text below:

I entered the external hard drive giveaway from @hummingbird604 and @bbycanada http://bit.ly/aOaL1J. Share your backup nightmare stories!


The external hard drive I’m giving away to my readers is sponsored by Best Buy Canada and has a retail value of $169.99. I do not receive any monetary compensation, nor do I receive a free item either. I just thought it would be great for my readers to learn more about what Best Buy is offering for Back-To-School season. Should you have any questions about this contest, feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.

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Comments (39)

Gregg GordonAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I have worked in tech support too much to not know to back up, back up, back up. So my worst story is not bad by most standards, but somehow the one photo I’ve ever managed to lose is one of my wife and stepson on his annual summer visit to see us. We were at the PNE and they both just got matching temp tattoos that then then displayed to the camera. When the wife said that is the one she wanted to put on a family wall, guess which one was missing from the sequence that day :(

IndigoAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

About two years ago I spent all of my savings on a brand new black macbook (this was back when I didn’t spend all of my money on paint). I had also recently acquired a new digital camera, and was spending a ton of time on photowalks around the city. I had also moved into a new ground floor apartment in a nice condo building near Granville Island. The one thing I didn’t have was an external hard drive to back up my pictures on. I figured I’d get around to it eventually. Well, one day I left for work and when I got home 5 hours later my front door was hanging open, wood splintered around the deadbolt. Turns out some asshole had kicked the door until it gave around the lock, ran in, stole my laptop and took off. This was all of three months into me owning it, but I’d uploaded about 3000 photos onto its hard drive. Some of them I’d put on flickr but 80% of them I’ll never get back.

When my roommate got home I found out that it was the THIRD time in a year that someone had broken into the apartment and stolen a laptop. She had neglected to tell me that when I moved in. Of course.

never again.

Stacey RobinsmithAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

My lost data nightmare actually involved my email; I often neglect to transfer emails to the correct folder for months on end, thus creating a massive amount of filing I have to do at one time. This time though I was mucking around with my junk mail folder…so I thought…I hit “Empty Folder” and when asked if I was sure I wanted to do this, I clicked “yes.” Several hundred emails from my Inbox…GONE!! I was in the wrong folder. Oops.

TheresaAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Hey Raul,

I have an “almost” lost data nightmare story for you!

I’m the owner of Cake Tease and do a lot of computer work with photos, invoices, receipts, emails, etc. A while back I was using Outlook Express to view and handle all of our business emails, my charming little laptop one day decided to call it quits and to my surprise all the emails, standing orders, etc were gone….in the middle of last wedding season. After a heart-attack and many tears one of my co-workers was able to have a friends pull out the hard drive and retrieve the emails and most of the photos.

Since then I have learned my lesson but have run into another issue, my external hard drive (LaCie) has decided to call it quits as well….with all the office paper work, etc. In a final last ditch effort I was able to retrieve all the photos, paper work, etc. before she complete kicked the bucket.

I need to get a new external hard drive but not sure which one to get since I have had no luck with this in the past….obviously!

Here’s to future luck with computers, external hard-drives and all things technical, cheers!

Thanks again,
Theresa L
Cake Tease
http://www.caketease.ca
http://twitter.com/CakeTease
(604) 617-8222

Matthew WeymarAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I’ve got a hard drive with some cherished data on it – not backed up – that is somehow corrupted. Some chance of recovery, but regular backup would’ve spared me the trouble of trying to recover it.

Sheldon PearceAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Oh boy!!! I shot a wedding for a couple last summer, 1200 images. I dumped all the cards onto my mbp and carried on home. When I got home I fired up the computer the next morning and all I heard was clicking from my hard drive. Blood pressure through the roof, I even threw up! Anyway, I didn’t erase the cards, thank goodness, man I would have felt like an absolute tool if I lost someones entire wedding! Ahhhhh!

steven schwartzAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

My Lost data story is pretty recent and really have no excuse except me being digitally lazy. I had a laptop that died and on it is thousands of photos I cannot get back, unless I find away to get the harddrive hooked up elsewhere. If I had backed up the photos in multiple places I would still have these pics and they are of things like my round the world cruise, my late wife lots of my dad before he passed. I got lazy and thought my computer would last for ever and my data was safe. It was always a I will buy a drive next week my data is safe. I was very very wrong and learned a lesson of which my friends always remind me of so generously when I tell this story.

steven schwartzAugust 12th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

My Lost data story is pretty recent and really have no excuse except me being digitally lazy. I had a laptop that died and on it is thousands of photos I cannot get back, unless I find away to get the harddrive hooked up elsewhere. If I had backed up the photos in multiple places I would still have these pics and they are of things like my round the world cruise, my late wife lots of my dad before he passed. I got lazy and thought my computer would last for ever and my data was safe. It was always a I will buy a drive next week my data is safe. I was very very wrong and learned a lesson of which my friends always remind me of so generously when I tell this story. “)

ShahabAugust 12th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Had entire backup on my external drive of my PC with at least 50gb of files.

Had to reformat my PC, thinking all my files were safe on the external HD. Plugged it in to transfer some files onto my fresh OS install and was promptmed that the external HD had failed and that all files were corrupted!

So much for the my backup, didn’t think I would ever need to create a backup of the backup!

TaraAugust 12th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

My backup nightmares are vague at best, and funnily enough I didn’t really learn my lesson THEN; but it just so happens my friend was heralding the importance of backing up my laptop just yesterday, and I realized the wisdom of his words (in this case, anyway). ;)

As for my rather hazy recollections involving my lost-beyond-recovery ghosts of word documents passed, I do recall having to start my drama honours thesis from scratch because the floppy disk I had saved it on (yeeap, this was back in tha day all right!) had mysteriously become corrupted and I could no longer open the file. Fortunately I was only a few pages in so starting over wasn’t a total nightmare.

On a sad, nerdy note however, the document I regret losing the most in the same fashion was a stellar, ethereal poem about spirits long passed. I’m convinced that if it wouldn’t have earned me a Pulitzer, it was at least the best thing I’ve ever written and alas, my muse for that particular story left me forever and I couldn’t recreate it, try though I might.

I’d insert a sad emoticon here, but the memory is too sad for even the bittersweet brevity of the symbols of the texting world…

DaleAugust 12th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

My lost data nightmare happened when my second hard drive died. I was backing up my primary hard drive, but had somehow missed the second one. It had mostly really old stuff on it, like some old Cantax, Word documents, and JPGs. To this day I’m not entirely sure what I’ve lost.

mariaAugust 12th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I didn’t back up my stuff in a long while and my computer got a virus, couldn’t be salvaged and i ended up losing a lot of pictures. I got some friends to email some, but they never come out the original size after that. This was some years ago.

angelaAugust 12th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

My computer crashed and i didn’t back up my stuff so i lost a lot of family pictures of my kids when they were very young.

DilaraAugust 12th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

My desktop crashed one day, totally out of the blue and since I didn’t back up my stuff I lost a lot of data. The sad part of my story is that I lost a ton of photos of my beloved pet rabbit Floppy. She had gotten really sick and passed away due to kidney failure about a year before that happened. Needless to say, I was devastated. It still hurts to think about it to this day and it’s been almost 3 years!! :(

TawcanAugust 13th, 2010 at 8:57 am

Back in the days I only have 1 partition on my desktop harddrive and had no backup drive. One day my harddrive had a sector failed and everything just went haywire. I lost EVERYTHING, including pictures and music. Tried to recover data but wasn’t able to. Never making that mistake again.

RebeccaAugust 13th, 2010 at 11:38 am

Three weeks ago, I learned more lessons in one week than I’ve learned in a long time.

Lesson #1: Procrastination can bite you in the backside.
The laptop I’d been talking about replacing for about six months, died. Well and truly. I spent $200 trying to restore the hard drive, to no avail. I stopped at the $2000 manual restore because I figured I received enough value from the lesson itself at that point.

Lesson #2: If something’s important, look after it.
I’m self-employed and the machine (and more importantly, the data on it) was my life. I hadn’t backed up my data since mid-June and had screwed up my last email save, so lost everything, post-January 2010.

Lesson #3: Wishful thinking does not bring results.
After a few hours of denial the day of the crash (switch it off, give it a rest, and maybe it’ll feel better again?), I realised it was too late.

Lesson #4: Learning lessons can be expensive.
I lost work for clients I’ve had to recreate (at my cost, not theirs); I lost my hours tracker (I hadn’t done a file folders backup since mid-June, so I had to (very conservatively) estimate my hours for invoicing; and I lost all the time I spent freaking out about what had happened, in addition to the many more hours I spent kicking myself about everything.

Lesson #5: Good things can come out of disaster.
Three weeks on, I’m actually seeing some benefits from the crash. I’ve got a nice, new, shiny machine; my involuntary email bankruptcy has been somewhat liberating; and I’ve got new ways of doing things that make my work processes better.

Jon JenningsAugust 14th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Many years ago , we had an external tape backup system at work that was shared between a couple of departments.

Size of a shoebox, it plugged into the PC parallel port. You installed some software onto your PC from a floppy disk, inserted a cartridge that looked suspiciously like an audio cassette and away it went backing up all your data.

I backed up a code release onto one of those cassettes and kept it handy in my drawer just in case a disaster should strike.

Two years later, said disaster struck. “No worries”, I thought “I’ve got all the important stuff safely backed up on this handy cassette here”. So off I trotted around the office to fetch the tape drive. After a lot of shoulder shrugging and finger pointing I tracked down its owner in the Finance Department. “Errr, we scrapped that drive a year ago”.

The moral of this story is that RESTORE is just as important as BACKUP. If you’re going to use something proprietary like a program that you bought or a special piece of hardware to do your backups then, when you upgrade your OS and the software won’t run any more or you break the hardware… then all your backups are useless.

The less technology you put between you and your data the better. An external hard drive is perfect for backups – just drag your folders across. The only snag with this technique is a) remembering to do it and b) sorting your way through all the backups to find the data you want.
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Derek K. MillerAugust 14th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I lost my data twice before I learned my lesson. In 1998, I fiddled dangerously with the hard drive in my Mac and somehow erased it, without a backup. I was able to take it to The Byte Shop (now morphed into Westworld Computers) and they extracted Word files and a few other documents, but most stuff was lost. Fortunately, this was before I had a digital camera.

But I should have known anyway. Ten years earlier, in 1988, on a Saturday night, I was finishing an issue of the student newspaper I edited, when the 40 MB external hard drive for the Mac SE died. I was up until Sunday afternoon re-doing everything from scratch, running PageMaker from floppy disks. In my harried state, I forgot to call my mom on her 50th birthday.

More details here:

http://www.penmachine.com/2002/10/back-to-archives.html
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Catherine WintersAugust 14th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

My worst data loss experience involved a change to a live server, command-line SQL, no backup, and confusion about which terminal window was which. A five-minute quick fix turned into a day of downtime and data recovery. The client was not pleased.

So let that be a lesson to us all: don’t screw with live servers. Also, backups are neat.
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Sierra GemmaAugust 14th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Oh my, that data loss story is the worst! I too lost data, albeit temporarily, when my computer crashed in early December of my last year at UBC. At the time, I was working on several final essays and I was also the editor of TWO undergraduate journals. I had over 100 submissions on my computer when it crashed. I FREAKED. But I luckily got it all back. It taught me a very good lesson: external back-up!
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Teresa KAugust 16th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

What a super prize to win!

I remember losing an essay once that I’d already put 8 hours into. Yikes!

EllieAugust 16th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

As a dance teacher I mainly use my laptop for music so it was a real nightmare when my old laptop died (along with all my cut music) about a week before our first big dance competition in Edmonton! I then had to rush out, buy a new laptop and was up til 4am every night for 4 days hunting through cds, uploading music and re-cutting it all. It wouldn’t have been half as bad if my Ipod hadn’t decided to wipe itself when I plugged it into the new machine!

It was a new level of stressing I’d never encountered before and hopefully never again! I now back up everything but a hard drive would be so much easier than all those fiddly CDs and flash drives!

TylerAugust 16th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

One of my most memorable data loss stories.

Location: Home Network (when i lived at home)
Computers Affected: 4
What Happened:

A virus that one of my siblings managed to get into their computer effectively spread to the 3 other computers on the network. The great thing about this virus was it acted differently on your network based on what your zone settings were. It managed to completely delete the contents of the 4 computers entirely which included a lot of my original digital photos when I got into digital photography.

It was a very sad day :(

Ryan CousineauAugust 17th, 2010 at 9:06 am

I have three lost data stories, each teaching a different lesson:

1) neglect – I used to have a staff account at SFU. I hosted a very small, web-based “literary review” that got to all of two issues. I never bothered to back up the contents, and when I left the job, a few months later the site silently disappeared…I wish I had that stuff back.

2) triumph – my latest MacBook came with Time Machine. I used it right from the start. About a month after purchase, it fell off the bed and the drive insta-died (I thought the sudden motion sensor was supposed to prevent that). Bought a new hard drive, used Time Machine from the external backup…it worked flawlessly.

3) DRM – For a while, online music site Puretracks had a deal where you got a free song download with the purchase of a pack of Tic-Tacs. This was in the darkest days of WMA/AAC DRM, and aside from everything else, they had some sort of bizarre failure-prone downloading system that meant I often spent 20 minutes doing tech support to get a $1 song (I begged TLO to let me just buy the stuff on iTunes, but no…). When the PC laptop they were on gave up the ghost, I was able to recover some music to my Mac, but the DRM’d WMA songs died with the machine, confirming the XKCD DRM/piracy thesis.
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amfriesenAugust 19th, 2010 at 9:35 am

luckily my backup story isn’t as bad as yours or others; i back up when i can so i have multiple little usb drives; when i got a new laptop (from best buy, love them) with a larger drive i decided to put all my items on there instead so i could wipe my small drives and start fresh; it didn’t work out that way and some files went missing before i could figure out where and what date was the latest; long story short – i have multiple files with different names and maybe one or two pages different, long process and really could use 1T drive especially with business to run now; thanks

Vanessa MarshallAugust 19th, 2010 at 11:27 am

Hey,
I have several data loss stories, and you think I would learn, but sadly no. In an effort to avoid data loss and because I am a total music junkie, I spent months last year carefully transferring all of my thousands of cds and bootlegs onto my work computer to the tune of about 60 GB. I then proceeded to purchase dozens of more albums over the following months and failing to back them up. Two weeks ago I walked into my office and found a blue screen of death. Alas, the hard-drive had committed suicide somehow and my entire music collection has been lost. This happened the week after my husband and I split up and many of “our” cds are now far away. I can thus never rebuild what I had without very serious expense. I plan to beg itunes to at least let me re-download what I’d bought through them. Apparently, this is a sort of fat chance scenario.

But what I’ve realised is the greatest loss is all of the poetry I had written while I should have been working and stored on my computer. Those pieces I can never get back and that is the true loss.

If I had a spiffy hard drive, I could have backed everything up and wouldn’t be in this mess ;)

Pretty please……………….

Deborah Bolingbroke-PriceAugust 20th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I have been lucky to only have had one disaster, it was a while ago, but it was a big one. Upgrading from Windows 95 to Windows 98 – I backed up everything on a total of 18 CD-Roms as we didn’t have a DVD Burner. I was promised by the computer guys at a specific local retail outlet that there was not even a chance that the laser printer we had would not be compatible with Windows 98. So, with back up discs in hand, I installed Windows 98…and discovered we had the only HP laser printer made that was not compatible with the new operating system. So off I go back to said retailer, get my money back (which they say they never do) and went back to install my 18 discs of data. On disc one, I was informed that there was some error and the disc was corrupt…I continued to disc 9 with the same error when I completely freaked and called said retailer again….I brought in my computer, paid over $450 to have them gleam as much off the discs as they could. I lost 5 years worth of images of the jewellery I had made! I still haven’t got anything big enough to back up what we on our current computer.
Pick me, Pick me :)

AnthonyAugust 20th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I had all our family vacation pics from a trip to Hawaii on my machine. My girlfriend kept pestering me to get them developed. I said, “honey… they’re digital! It’s not like they’re going to fade!” The next week my hard drive just died, and the hawaii trip exists only in our memories now…

MaxAugust 20th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

My data recovery nightmare was really a nightmare. As a film maker, I use external hard drives to store footage. One day, a freak occurence caused my main harddrive to fall. We lost ALL of our footage, raw and completed. Weddings, music videos, promo’s, and personal projects.

We lost YEARS of work.

Now I back everything up TWICE! With an offsite back-up for good measure.

Guacira NavesAugust 20th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Well…. let me tell you my little story.

I bought a laptop in 2003, and about a year later, it wasn’t receiving power laptop. Nothing wrong with the machine itself, but if you don’t have power, it makes it a bit tricky to use the laptop… you know what I mean, right? I really, really tried to make hamster spin hard at the wheel to get it going… but… nah. Didn’t work.

Anyways…

Fast forward to Summer 2006. I go to Brazil, take lots of pictures with my family (who I hadn’t seen in 5 years), upload them dutifully onto my harddrive… and months later, I couldn’t turn the laptop on. Possibly hundred of photos… and I can’t access them. This wouldn’t be a big deal… except that I don’t see my family often. As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen them since that trip. Lots of images of great times together – kaput.

Upon my return to Vancouver, I took the laptop to a store to try to get it fixed, where they told me that it’d take weeks to get it back up (pun intended) and running again. Time goes by… and eventually, without my knowledge, the store closes. My laptop is gone. Forever. Hopefully not in a landfill.

Had I used an external drive, this wouldn’t have happened.

So, there you go. Probably not the worst story of the bunch… but heck… I haven’t got what I’d deem to be a back-up system suitable for my machine… and I’d be so grateful if I own… pretty please? With sugar on top???

Guacira NavesAugust 20th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Geez… how did I get all those typos in that last comment? Yikes!
I’m so sorry!
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RachelAugust 20th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I have had crashes so many times, it’s hard to keep track. I honestly can’t think of “one” in particular … I have been paranoid enough that I do make DVD hard copies of certain files, like all the papers I wrote in uni and many of the photos I have taken. I have never backed up my music before and so, I suppose, the worst thing about crashes and what-not is all the time (and data) lost when there is a crash. That can leave one rather gutted. And also bored, with fare less music.

Currently I have a dead laptop and (fortunately) didn’t lost any data. I do not currently back up to an external, but it is definitely on the list of “things I really ought and need to have.”

Computer failure is a part of life. Might as well prepare for it and take some of that inevitable “sting” out.

Jon StrocelAugust 20th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Most of my data disasters have happened at work, and usually taking down a live television show with it. We had a drive blow up 3 minutes to air once, with everything on that drive not terribly well backed up. A sports TV show without graphics isn’t much of a show.

Now everything is on time machine and mirrored drives. Can’t be too careful, although I know I’m forgetting something that will eventually bite me in the ass.
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NicoleAugust 21st, 2010 at 9:47 am

Heh.

Power outage + working on desktop + didn’t save latest chapter of MA thesis + no UPS + turning off autosave on MS Word = loss of 30+ pages.

And a lesson, “Save early, save often”

MaryAugust 21st, 2010 at 10:14 am

My ultimate worse lost data experience: when my Dad passes away, i never backed up any of his emails on my old mailcity account. After a few weeks I realized that they delete any old email files in your data folders. I was devastated. No need to tell you that I learned my lesson and save everything on my hard drive now, but the extra security of an external harddrive would be nice :)

Alisha MannAugust 21st, 2010 at 10:21 am

OH NO! I ALMOST lost my hard drive once but to be honest I have always worked for someone else and had work backups. NOW that I have my own business I really need a better way to back up! Great contest Raul

MichaelAugust 21st, 2010 at 9:40 pm

My data loss nightmare wasn’t as severe as some of the previous posters, but it sure seemed like the end of my entire world at the time. When I was in my senior year of high school, my english teacher made us write a 15 page essay on one of the worst books I’ve ever read. I spent the full two weeks she gave us trying to put together this essay, and I finish it two days before it’s due.

My girlfriend (who was in my class) had finished hers not long before mine, and so she came over to my house so we could do a final proofread of each others’ essays. So after we’re finished, we’re just hanging out at my house, and somehow she ended up tripping on a rug and spilling a full glass of Coke directly onto my laptop. Sparks fly, the screen goes black, and my heart stops. At the time I didn’t know that it might have been possible to retrieve the data on my hard drive, so I was devastated.

We get into a big fight over it, and she ends up giving me her essay to submit as my own. She managed to write another essay by the due date, but we didn’t speak to each other for about a week until the teacher had graded them and given them back. I got an A on “my” paper, and she got a C-. I spent the next two days feeling really guilty until I told my teacher the whole story. Thankfully, she let us both re-write the essays, and we both ended up getting B+’s.

My girlfriend was really pissed that she had to write an essay on this terrible book for a third time, but she was thankful for my honesty with the teacher, and we’ve ended up staying together today, even though we go to different universities.

Long story short, it would have been great if I had had an external hard drive!

Rob CottinghamAugust 22nd, 2010 at 10:02 pm

It was a few years ago. I had just dropped one of our children off at their downtown daycare, and was walking back to the car when I noticed something was wrong.

The front passenger side door was open. Wide open.

I started to run, because I’d left my computer bag on the floor next to that door. As I ran, I took in a few more details: broken car window. Stuff strewn on the street. Completely uninterested onlookers.

Yep: the best computer bag I’ve ever owned was gone. Oh – and with it, my MacBook.

An hour of frantic searching – and one or two hopeless conversations with police later – later, it was clear my bag, computer and all the data on the computer’s hard drive were gone, baby, gone.

“But you work in technology. Surely you were doing regular backups?” Cue strangled noises from Rob’s constricted throat.

Speeches I’d written for political campaigns. Photos of old friends and family. Video. Screenplay drafts. The journal fragments I’d been keeping. Work I’d done that I was especially proud of. Nothing client-sensitive, fortunately – but stuff I was suddenly really wishing I’d backed up.

Over the next week, I discovered bits and pieces here and there. Some documents were in the cloud as email attachments. Others were on a variety of hard drives from computers gone by.

But I never found most of it. And almost as bad was the knowledge that what I had found was incomplete, or perhaps outdated.

Worse, though, was knowing that I’d been just one backup away from this theft being at worst a costly inconvenience… instead of the devastating, time-chewing, gut-churning debacle it became.

KatherineAugust 22nd, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I don’t own a lot but I do have a lot of brilliant life experiences which are mostly documented in the form of photos. Back in the day, I used to develop photos and get them onto photo CDs. I remember being told that CDs are fragile, I decided to take a day out and backup all of them onto a hard drive. Hours upon hours later, I was done, and felt relived that my memories were saved forever! A few days later, it had been pouring rain and I didn’t realize my bag got soaking wet … with my hard drive inside! Needless to say, I panicked when my drive didn’t work and I was devastated.

Fortunately, it was the night before garbage collection and my boyfriend and I had to do a bit of dumpster diving in our condo trash bins but we found all the CDs I had tossed! This will teach me to double back-up everything!!! (Sigh of relief … )

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