1:09 PM - Thousands of photos lost... oops.
In 2002, I had a hard drive issue that caused me to lose all my photos I took that year. Since then, I've made sure I had two hard drive images of all my photos, and also back them up to DVD-R.
Last night, my primary 250GB hard drive system Crashed. This was two 250GB drives in a RAID mirror, so the data is duplicated. The RAID was done since I've had three Western Digital drives die on me (I no longer use WD products). Unfortunately, this was a logical error, not a physical one, and the file system was corrupt. I spent $99 on a disk utility to repair the directory, but the end result was a drive that I could see, but had 115GB extra space than it should have.
I lost 115GB of data.
Now, all my photos are backuped up EXCEPT for my most recent batches. I don't recall backing up the thousands of photos I took at Disney World during the December trip. They may very well be gone forever unless I have a stack of DVD-Rs somewhere that I forgot about.
I also lost all my podcast master files -- this includes Park Hopping Podcast, Disgrunteld Disney Dweeb, Priuscast, Pirate Comedy Show, Rencast, and a few others. Very devastating, since NONE of these were backed up beyond using the RAID array. It's just not practical to duplicate this further. (I already have over 2.6 terrabytes of external hard drive storage for all my media projects; all of that is redundant, meaning every video file exists on two drives. The photos, though, were trusted only to the RAID array.)
Lessons are learned hard, and this is another example of that. I'll be occupied over the coming weeks trying to assess the damage and recover what I can from DVD-R backups. But, it looks like the thousands of new files I took on this last trip are gone.Addendum:
Fortunately, I never formatted the mini hard drive I used during this trip. I downloaded photos each day to it, and it has all the original photos from the December 2006 visit - 13 GB worth. Whether or not I have any enthusiasm to resort all those photos and respot them any time soon is another issue . . .