Thursday, January 14, 2010

Very Nearly a Nightmare






My hand painted flower cane

I'm working on my computer,editing photos in preparation for listing new items in my Etsy shop. All of a sudden, one of the photos in the folder I'm using disappears! Poof!

"What the heck was that?" I say to myself. Instead of the photo there's an
empty box made up of dotted lines. I double click the dotted line box and nothing happens.

So I stare at the screen, trying to puzzle out what just happened, when all of a sudden three more photos disappear! Poof, poof, poof!

Now my heart is racing and I'm fantically trying to get the photos back and, poof! poof! two more are gone.

It is at this moment that I realize, " I am NOT
dreaming!" So I close the window, figuring that this will stop pics from going.... where?

Every time I open a folder, more and more pics are gone. And now I'm beginning to panic. I shut the program down.

Out comes the address book, open it up to A and dial the number for Apple Computer customer help.

Marvin, (I'm not kidding) helps me salvidge the remaining photos and strongly suggests that I purchase an "exterior hard drive". Obviously, he states, a flash drive will be totally inadiquate to the task
of backing up my photos.
BTW: He had no idea why my photos disappeared
and he doubts I'll ever get them back. 80(

So, here's the questions;

1. Do you back up your files and photos? Or do you always think that you'll get to it, just not right now?

2. If you do back up your files, what do you use, a flash drive? a CD, an exterior hard drive?

3. Why do you use the back up system you've chosen, rather than some other way?

My solution?
I found an empty flash drive, went into my iphoto library and copied every pic. And let me tell you, I have thousands of them! And they all fit. And if I need more space,

I'll get more flash drives!




My Morning, noon and night cane














































5 comments:

Steph said...

so sorry this happened!
I had a virus on my computer last year and new it had to be reformatted, so I bought a 500GB external harddrive and I keep everything on it. I have well over 10000 photos (not just of my products, but vacations, family, friends), all important documents are on there.
The only thing really installed on my computer are the programs.

hope this never happens again, but interesting that you have MAC and people say they're indestructable...mechanical things will always break down at one point or another.

Mark said...

I have an external hard drive and my backups are done automatically on a weekly basis. I use the standard Micro$oft backup tool. I started doing this when my old PC got sick, I hadn't lost anything but wanted to take the precaution anyway.

By profession I am a data base administrator, and there is a sayin that you are only as good as your last backup.

Mark Hammond

Judy Goddard said...

Now, I have a friend named Mark Hammond who lives in Texas. Is this that Mark Hammond?

The Baker's Daughter said...

I've been there, though not with the disappearing photos.

I use an external hard drive at the end of each day, and at the end of each month I burn a CD. (External hard drives have been know to become corrupt also!)

That's why I make sure I have 2 backups at all times...

Sharon said...

OMG, I haven't back up in a while!

All my photos are stored on an external drive and another external hard drive is used for a back-up. I need to set up an automatic backup routine like Mark has.

Sorry about your photos!

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