As Halloween approaches, I guess that it is appropriate that I mention a freighting experience that occurred this past weekend.
This past year has been a real roller coaster ride. As you might recall, I lost my job last October, and my sister the following December. Then I found a temporary job which carried me until I found the job that I currently have. In the mist of this my computer crashed and I moved into a new one.
When things get this crazy, it is easy to put off little house keeping things that you know you should do. Little things like backing up your images! Do I really have to say more?
I’ve noticed something odd recently while I was inside of Light Room. It appeared that the program didn’t see any of my files. Then all of a sudden they would begin populating. In light of this, I thought that I might need back up my images for the past 9 months or so. Had it really been that long!
I’ve been storing my current images plus the images of the previously year on a 250 GB external drive and then backing this drive up to a 1 TB external drive which also stores my archive of previous years. It isn’t the best way to assure a safe back up but for now it is the most affordable. The problem is, what happens if I lose the 1 TB drive? Well, a lot. As I began to copy my current files to the larger drive I begin getting errors. Then things got worse to the point that I could no longer even see my external drive.
At this point, I knew that I had just lost most of my images for 2012. That isn’t a good feeling. Somehow I was able to finally see and scan the drive. This repaired it long enough to copy the files to my computer and quickly awake from this nightmare before another monster jumped out from around the corner.
Now I’m able to breathe a little easier. Here hoping that you and yours have a safe and happy Halloween!