For those following my recent mistakenly-formatted-hard-drive debacle, I have an update.
This came as a result of bad data/media management, on my part. I had stuff all over the place, and was “intending” to get around to cleaning it up for months. (I’ve had some downtime, and should have done it a while ago.)
So one evening, I needed to reformat a usb flash drive, and I went about doing it, but I selected my mobile WD usb hard drive instead. That held a ton of stuff, most importantly my whole photography library of raw and processed photos since about mid-2010.
I WAS able to rescue the photos, and most of the other media, with a tool called iSkysoft Data Recovery. It cost me $90, but it was worth it!
The next thing I set out to do was get responsible with all that data. Who wants to lose all their family photos?! With 4 kids, we have a bunch, and I don’t think I’m a good steward of documenting their childhood, if I don’t make an effort to retain all those wonderful photos.
So for the last several days I’ve been moving data all over the place. I also separated the large drive that I store tv/movie media on, from the rest. There’s no need to back that up, and I’ve found it’s easier if it’s plugged directly into my media player at the HDTV.
This morning I finished getting everything plugged in and running.
The next big thing I needed to do was reevaluate my offsite backups. I had been using my Amazon S3 account with a few homemade Automator apps for backing up my Apple Aperture and iPhoto libraries. But, with changes to how and where I store those photos, and addition of a Macbook Pro a few years back, I really haven’t been backing up well enough for a while. The mistakenly formatted hard drive is the perfect example of my backup system failing me, because I wasn’t using it correctly.
As I was working through all the data storage issues, I spent a bunch of time over that last week learning about alternatives. I was happy to rework my Amazon S3 setup, but wanted to know that what I was choosing was the best for me. However, my pal Jeremy Brooks recommended a dedicated service, for offsite/cloud backing up, Backblaze. The price is better than many others, and it’s basically an unlimited backup. I really only want the ability to upload stuff I want saved. Then, in a crisis, I could restore from that data. That’s it. I don’t need/want to upload and download stuff regularly. I use a free Dropbox account for that. So, having a setup-and-forget-about-it service works perfectly for me!
Right now Backblaze is running the initial backup. It’s gonna take a while, maybe even a few days, and that’s ok with me. Once it’s run, I really don’t need to worry about grabbing anything on the way out the door in an emergency, like a fire.
It’s all somewhere else, easily restored, once everyone is safe.