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#1 Cheri T

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 03:36 PM

My 7yo DS tripped on my EHD cord last night at bedtime. I didn't think anything of it at the time since the green light continued to be on. Before I went to bed though, I couldn't get my laptop to recognize that it was plugged in despite the green light on the EHD. DH confirmed this morning that it's "toast" --that would be his technical, software engineer/electrical engineer diagnosis. No such luck on retrieving anything.

Luckily we are good about backing up everything. The only things I lost were about 2 months of edited .jpgs. We have the original RAW files on 2 backup drives, so all I lost was the time I spent editing and converting the RAW files to .jpg the first time. It could have been SO much worse! This EHD carries ALL my digital pages, ALL our digital photos, ALL our scanned heritage photos from all of our family branches, etc etc.

Anyway, this is your friendly reminder to get stuff backed up, NOW, and keep it going! :)

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 03:43 PM

Wow Cheri I am so glad you are good about backing things up!

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:08 PM

Good reminder, Cheri - I am so glad that you are mindful of keeping things backed up - I am not as good as that and was happy for the reminder so am now backing up stuff I have been meaning to for awhile - one of my EHD's runs constantly and the others are just for things I like to keep separately on them - but every once in awhile I notice that the one that is supposed to backup constantly has just stopped - sure enough, today it had and I had to start it up again - but I don't know why it stops.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:58 PM

Thank goodness you are good to go and only time (as precious as that is!) was lost. I have my things backed up via Carbonite but this fall I want to get some things onto an EHD and I need to remember to get that backed up with Acronis then. Anyone hear if Carbonite is still working on backing up EHD's any time soon?

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 05:00 PM

Whew, that was close!! These kinds of stories make me shudder. I have everything on an EHD, backed up to another EHD, but I may look into something in addition to those.
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 05:01 PM

Glad you have everything backed up! Hard drives can be so temperamental. Sorry to hear yours is toast.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 06:09 PM

Good on you, Cheri, for having your stuff backed up! A good reminder for us all.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:11 PM

We are waiting on the prognosis for mine...it had been a few days since I had backed it up.
Note to self - back up everytime I scrap!
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:15 PM

We need to all remember not to have anything on an EHD that is not backed up somewhere else. I'm so glad you had most everything backed up Cheri. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of that.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 11:49 PM

OH! So glad you had it all backed up! I had a scare with mine on Thursday, too... it got knocked over! Still hoping it's okay. Eeek!
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 06:52 PM

I had a similar EHD accident while I was doing my initial backup to Mozy. I am anxiously awaiting whether or not anything can be retrieved. I will really be upset if it cannot. Since I am anticipating having to replace my 1T EHD, what do you recommend? Is there a better way for storage besides temperamental EHDs? Maybe there is an online storage site that automatically backs itself up. Has anyone heard/used one? Thanks a lot. I really hope that all my photos and scrapbook stuff is not "toast"!!!

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:12 AM

I had a similar EHD accident while I was doing my initial backup to Mozy. I am anxiously awaiting whether or not anything can be retrieved. I will really be upset if it cannot. Since I am anticipating having to replace my 1T EHD, what do you recommend? Is there a better way for storage besides temperamental EHDs? Maybe there is an online storage site that automatically backs itself up. Has anyone heard/used one? Thanks a lot. I really hope that all my photos and scrapbook stuff is not "toast"!!!


I have heard of something like that but don't know names or how it works. Will let you know ASAP. (Gotta ask the boyfriend)
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:09 AM

I switched to Mozy so I could back up my external drives too and just last week had reason to be grateful as my desktop hard drive bit the dust.

Thank goodness for Mozy! It had everything right up to the last download. I thought the frequent reminders that it had just updated the backup were annoying - now every time I see one, I will be grateful.
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