Belated backup blues

I’m not a complete computer illiterate.  I understand very well the essential value of backing up important information on a regular basis.  Yet I, too, get complacent, and Mr. Murphy still exercises his uncanny ability to strike when we least expect him.  I was tempted to draw this story out, but then most of you would stop reading.  To make it short, the motherboard in my nearly-10-year-old desktop computer gave up its ghost the other day.  Not much was lost, but I stored many full-resolution, original images there, while saving lower-resolution, edited versions on my much-newer laptop.  I also backed up many of the originals on CDs and DVDs, and I’m now starting to go through them to make them more accessible on an external hard drive.  Lesson?  Back up more often and more completely!

In the meantime, as a eulogy for my old secondary hard drive (which apparently went along with the motherboard), here’s a sunset photo that I made in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in September 1994.  I had just arrived in Darwin after a drive of several hours, barely in time to see the sun setting across the ocean.  Its orb had already descended to appear to merge with the sea on the horizon, and I grabbed my camera and sprinted across uneven ground to reach a point where I could get some of the cliff-top flora in my foreground.  I had time for only two exposures before it sank from sight—one with the far horizon in focus and this one, focusing on the structures close at hand.  Farewell, old friend.

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22 Responses to Belated backup blues

  1. seekraz says:

    That’s beautiful, Gary.

  2. Nice Image….but a sad and true story of ‘back up’. I like to think that I do back up but have been caught out by taking the odd shortcut. The big frustration is that you have to check your DVD/CD back ups of ‘long ago’….I find when going back on those that some discs are just so slow to read and even RAW and Tiff images have degraded. Hard drives seems to be the best way for storage but time will tell.

  3. Finn Holding says:

    Wow! Lovely colours.
    Have you though of Cloud backup? I’m thinking of going down that route so I won’t have to worry about remote hard rives and back up drives etc.

  4. Ok, let’s be positive here! You said not much was lost, so it could have been a lot worse right? Backing up is something that so many of us procrastinate about. I, for one, learned my lesson at work once, so I now have an external hard drive sitting right next to the couch, and whenever I upload photos to my computer I plug in the hard drive and back up right away. Now, having said that, there is a great deal of other data on my computer that I am not so regular at backing up, and now you have reminded me to do that. By the way, have you backed up your laptop since this happened?? LOL :)

    • krikitarts says:

      I am probably the most positive person I know. And yes, I also have nearly everything backed up to an external hard drive. And I’m back to backing up regularly again. Hey–maybe there’s a song to be had from this…

  5. Meanderer says:

    Very beautiful. Lovely colours and a wonderful sense of peace.

    • krikitarts says:

      Peaceful it was, especially since there were no other visitors on that day, probably due to the “terrible” weather that made it so special and attractive to me.

  6. Stunning photograph. Like Finn, I’m thinking the Cloud may be a great way to go.

  7. Beautiful way to say goodbye to photos you may have lost. I don’t keep any photos on my computer but on a dedicated hard drive. Even so, the hard drive can go bad, also, as one did once (luckily, I was able to salvage the photos). I agree with the Cloud possibility and plan on someday going that direction. In the meantime, I am using Flickr as a pseudo-storage space. I say “pseudo” because I don’t put everything on it, just photos I’m currently working on.

    • krikitarts says:

      Yup, nothing is really easy. I’m rethinking my backup routine and will eventually (soon) train myself to automatically (manually) save everything I upload to at least one extra place, and at some regular frrequency also duplicate that. It’s worth it.

  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Good image! Adrian

  9. Oh the back up thing… I can’t go to bed these days without doing a backup. I learnt my lesson the hard way, three years ago my computer crashed and I lost all the images I took in Perth. I said to myself that this will be the reason to go back there, but you know how it is… Things don’t always work the way we want. Beautiful sunset shot Gary!

  10. krikitarts says:

    Ah, Perth–now there’s another place very much worth a visit. It’s too bad it take so long to get there from just about anywhere else. Some day I would love to drive there–from Melbourne.

  11. MikeP says:

    Gary…I feel ya… I learned early on to back up and have a system. Easier said then done my friend…oh love the sunset.

  12. Murray Foote says:

    Yep, backup is important because all electronic media are impermanent. Automated backup is good too, because you don’t have to worry about forgetting.

    What I’m about to say may be too late or redundant but on the off chance it may be relevant: You say your motherboard died and your secondary hard disk which I think implies the primary hard disk is OK. If you have images there you should be able to pull that hard disk out of the computer and read it using a disk caddy attached to another computer, such as your laptop.

    • krikitarts says:

      Hello, Murray, I’m very pleased to meet you and that you provided some friendly, helpful suggestions with regard to my erstwhile dilemma. I did everything that you suggested, within a day or two of the event, and recovered nearly everything. Meanwhile, since I received your comment from yesterday, I’ve had a very quick look at you site (you wouldn’t believe how far behind I am in answering emails and comments), and I really like what I’m seeing and am looking forward to a much closer look in the near future. Thanks again for taking the time to introduce yourself! –Gary

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