Here is the Mea Culpa no photographer ever wants to write, I did not do a good job with backups.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
You know, keeping your only version of so many shots safe and protected with intelligent use of backup tools that are so easy to use. I lost about 3 or 4 months of pictures and that will mean that all that stuff that I was putting off and only had to post will not ever be posted.
My iMac went down and I had not used Time Machine for about 3 or 4 months. I will say, that the auto back-up is easy, but it was chewing through the external hard drive space that I used to keep the iMac unloaded. Then I got busy and had not backed up and the bad luck hit.
Apple was great, they thought that it could have been a power spike (not covered by the 3 year warranty) but stood behind the extended warranty anyway. They put in a new logic board, power supply and hard drive anyway. I don't know that it was a power spike since I have everything on surge protectors and nothing else on the that strip went down.
This gets interesting, I had thought that I might do better getting stuff done if I bought a MacBook Pro and got my workflow out of the office and mobil. I bought a MacBook Pro and am putting the iMac up for sale. Now here is the lucky part, I had already bought the MacBook Pro and had the really important photo shoots on and external hard drive so I could work on them with the new MacBook Pro. I was behind on the 2 weddings I shot and the family portraits that I did for some friends. I thought that if I had them mobil I would get more done.
So, think about your pictures, what would happen if you lost your hard drive? I had all the old stuff archived on external hard drives, but lost the new stuff. Down side is I won't be able to load all those images that I shot for me, upside, I am not that behind anymore.... LOL!
Thanks for looking and think about your backups, boring but it will save you from the gut check when you figure out what you lost.