In a forum I visit, a photographer just asked:
Hey friends! I’ve got an external hard drive which is giving me some problems and I can’t seem to pull files from it. My computer recognizes it, but doesn’t let me access the files. There are about 200 that i don’t have backed up elsewhere and I would love to figure out how to get them. Does anyone know any file recovery service which may help?
I am so sorry for her, but on the other hand I wonder why there are still people without backups. EVERY hard drive will fail. It’s not IF—it’s WHEN.
A student in my new Sheridan College course, which started tonight, a student told me she had previously lost two years of her young son’s life in pictures. We have all had this thing happen: please, please learn from these experiences of others, and
- Go get a new backup drive or two. Now.
- Make backups, perhaps using simple scripts like the one I have described here.
- Keep one backup off-site.
- Print as many photos as you can.
Then you can sleep, as well as enjoy your photos!