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Harddrive lost........lesson learned


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#1 jburd1800

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 10:14 PM

I'm not looking for any help. The reason for this post is to provide some guidance to those using JUST an external drive as a backup.

My son-in-law had 8 years of photos backed up on a Western Digital harddrive. Most we're of his 2 daughters as they grew up. To give you an idea of how many pictures we are talking about, they took 1700 when they we're on a 7 day Disney Cruise last year.
The harddrive crashed about 3 months ago. He had all backed up onto the external and deleted them from his desktop to make more room. The harddrive would show on the desk top but never showed any files. After trying several computers with the same results, he brought the external to me. I removed the hdd from the external case and mounted it into my desktop. It showed nothing.
He ended up taking it in locally and they could see nothing. They sent it to a company in California and after 2 months and $1400 he had 75% of his files back. They told him the problem was in the hardware used in the external, not the disc itself.
We learned a lesson from this. Those precious photos can be backed up on a external harddrive, but also need to be on another media. I have my photos on the desktop, an external drive, and will either put them to disc or mount a 2nd hdd in my computer. Which ever way I go, I'll have double redundancy...........

The sad thing is I've been reading this site for about 2 years. Those that make this site what it is have preached over and over about this same issue, and it took this experience to bring it home for me. I'm a slow learner, but I have learned............ Thank you for what you do.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:04 PM

I feel your pain, :thumbsup: I took a couple hundred photos of my grand daughters wedding, I backed them up to 2 on board HD's, and 1 external HD. I'm in the process of putting things onto disk now, because I'm building a new computer, and thought I would look at some of the pics. They were almost all corrupted, keep coming up as invalid jpeg's. I checked the external, same thing, I know now that i better put them on a disk a lot sooner. Hopefully I'll learn from this..
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:27 PM

There is data recovery software...which works quite well...which is available for much less than $1400.

I would have tried that before ever spending large chucks of money.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:24 PM

There is data recovery software...which works quite well...which is available for much less than $1400.

I would have tried that before ever spending large chucks of money.

Louis

And that would be which program?

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:46 PM

There are any number of programs that seem to work just fine with troublesome hard drives...for many of us.

My preference: GetDataBack - Data Recovery Software - http://runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 08:36 PM

Tried several of them, including getdataback, w/o luck..

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