Ugh...for the past several days I've been dealing with a major issue. I had all my files, which is over 300,000 photos and scans, on a remote hard drive, since I no longer trust my actual hard drive after my 2nd computer died in December 2012. Well...the remote hard drive died. Taking everything with it. Most of my stuff is backed up elsewhere, but almost none of the cards I had scanned since October, when I got the remote hard drive, were. Absolutely none of the back scans were, and that includes more than 1000 foil and Finest style cards that I had done the fronts on but not yet the backs.
I normally back up my card fronts on the first of each month, but it looks like I won't be backing them up today.
However, it is looking like I will be able to recover them. I downloaded a program called "Recuva" which was able to get the files back...However....(and nothing ever comes easy for me)...none of the file names were saved. As I had labeled all my cards and sequestered them into folders (uploaded to Database but not Fotki, prepped to post but not yet posted, and more) they are now all mixed together with everything else. Folders for each NBA and NASCAR season, Non-sports sorted by subject, etc.
It's going to take me days, if not MONTHS to get everything back to normal. It's possible I may not have gotten everything back, I don't know yet. I'm still working on it.
It took the Recuva program more than a DAY to read the drive and pull the pictures off of it. There were more than 300,000 after all. I have not even tried to pull my Excel and Word files off it yet- some of which exist only on the remote hard drive that crashed, mainly my updated comic collection charts.
On the one good thing...it's allowing me to look at my life's accomplishments in photography and scans. Yeah, kind of lacking, but it's something.
Let me tell you, I don't curse...ever...but I came really close here. To me it's a sign of a lack of intelligence and a lack of a workable lexicon, but the frustration levels have been so high that "crap" and "darn" didn't really cut it.
While the computer program was working, my brother and I went to our local Kmart, which is closing. This really upsets me because it's one of my favorite stores and I have memories of going there my whole life- I've mentioned it on the blog in the past, it's the location I got my first box of NBA basketball cards. (either 1990-91 Hoops or 1994-95 Hoops, possibly both on the same day). They had no cards at all this trip. To add insult to injury, we got food out and it made me sick.
Like I said...not having fun.
No pictures today. Will finish posting the COMC bonanza series soon, and then back to regular programming. But for now trying to recover my scans has to take precedence.
Once I have the pictures back and labeled, I'll be working on getting them up onto a cloud program...I might just post a bunch of scans to the blog as well, as it stores them at full size, and I trust Google to outlive me, let alone my Fotki, which I have run since 2004 and has played host to all my photos ever since, but has lost some of them over time.
At least the tornado warning (!) we had today didn't cause any damage.