08 March 2008

EHD disaster report...

Nada...no data left...6 years of photos gone...thousands of digital graphics gone...and who knows what else...gone...irrecoverable.

The hard drive doctor said:
We are sorry to inform you that your hard drive data is not recoverable. After careful analysis, our clean room engineers reported that they were unable to get a sufficiently clean data stream from the drive to recover any of the drive data because the drive had a combination of physical surface head crashes and significant misalignment of the read/write heads that irreparably corrupted the data surfaces.

In the meantime, here's what I am doing to try to recover my peace and sanity:
  1. Purchase a new domain name, catriona-macgregor.com, with a web host that will give me 1,500GB of file space on their servers. [Yes - that's 1 1/2 TERAbytes! Woo hoo!] And all for $6.95 per month if I choose a 2 year subscription...no brainer there! Check it out!
  2. Redesign my existing design portfolio website and upload it to the new site.
  3. Develop folders on the site where I will be storing my backup files. (might as well start out somewhat organized!)
  4. Send out an e-mail to my friends and family to try to gather photos from shared events. We frequently would make disks to share so at least I'll get some things back so I can scrap them!
  5. Go through my saved e-mails for digiscrap purchases and make a list so I can contact the store owners and see if they will be so kind as to let me download them again. I know some kits have been permanently retired but maybe they have a backup...LOL!
  6. Resurrect my first two months of Project 365 by copying the [very reduced] images from my blog. Thank goodness I posted them weekly!
  7. Develop a weekly schedule for backing up all other internal and external drives.
  8. Retrieve my poor dead EHD from the 'morgue' and send it in for a replacement while it's still under warranty.
It WILL happen to you...and without warning.

A note about emerging data storage technology...
Solid state drives (SSDs) have been around for a long time but with limited storage capacity and slower speeds than traditional hard drives. However, what IS new is that they are being re-engineered to jump into the laptop and external drive market because...they do not crash! No moving parts! Huzzah!
  • StorageSearch.com has a whole bunch of information on their site - go check it out.
  • Another company developing SSDs is Crucial. They are making drives that are pretty small...32gb is NOT enough for any digi scrapper's storage needs!
I went to Fry's today, to investigate, but they do not have any SSDs in yet...they're too new! There are two on their website but they're way expensive and Remember, as demand increases, the price will go down and the capacity and speed will go up.


Anonymous said...

OMG - I can relate. My harddrive crash happened to me just before Christmas. BOOM - all of my gift projects GONE...just like that. I went through the stages of grief...a few times.

Can I ask which recovery service you used? I sent mine to Seagate and fortunately, they recovered over 100G of the 250 or so that I had placed on the drive...which was more than I expected based on the drive's condition. They also have a no recovery/no fee policy, so perhaps you could try them before giving up completely?

Good luck and I second your recommendation BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP your files!!!

Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

Sorry about the hard drive!!...That must have been some shock!! I am unsure how to use a website to store my stuff or I would do as you have done. I want to do an other site as well as my blog but as I have no clue I'll have to wait on that one too!! I have two externals and an internal drive but have been looking at online storgae for backup...it is just one of those things I cannot makeup my mind which one!!! Hope I dont wait too long!! Agh!!