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Old 2nd Mar 2017, 11:48 PM   #1
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Today, Thursday, March 2nd 2017, at approximately 5:13 a.m., my 2TB Western Digital External Hard Drive passed... After serving faithfully since May of 2012, it finally gave up. I am totally grief stricken ans am in mourning. And the worst part about it is the fact that I've lost 2/3 of all the models and images I've worked on over these past few years. The loss of the older stuff wasn't so hard, it's the newer stuff that's got me down. Dagnabbit to heck!!!

Well I saw the sign, but like I often do, I put off backing up my data until it was too late. My loss.
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Old 3rd Mar 2017, 10:04 AM   #2
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Old 3rd Mar 2017, 12:13 PM   #3
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Yes, ouch indeed. But on the bright side, I've changed the hard drive in my HP, the main computer, twice since 2015. And since I never wiped the old drives, I will be able to retrieve some of the more important models. But my images, the website templates I've built, a CMS I was building, atleast two games I was making, a ton of music, a number of family photos, the rest of my 3d stuff, and just about everything else I had on there is gone.

DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU PEOPLE, GET NORTON!!! Ghost that is.
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This happened to me last year, I got struck by lightning but I'm glad I had everything backed up. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 4th Mar 2017, 07:00 PM   #5
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This happened to me last year, I got struck by lightning but I'm glad I had everything backed up. Sorry for your loss.
Yeah I read your thread, man I don't know how you went without one for a whole year. But then again... bills and crap, SO I CAN SEE HOW. You're in Texas right, me too, my HD on another PC crashed a few years ago and I lost a lot of data, way more than I lost this time. So to keep that from happening again I just went to easy pawn and got an extra PC on layaway. (A Lenovo I5 Laptop, $300)

But, things are not as bleak as I thought, it did come on for about 2 or 3 minutes today, and I got some data off of it, (I don't know what yet.). If it can stay on a little bit longer I may be able to get the rest off, Or at least what I need.
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Sorry to hear that; I've had that happen before, too. I now also use a WD Passport drive as a secondary backup, and always keep one drive in a secure case completely offline. While I don't anticipate getting it, with all the Crypto viruses and new derivatives all the time, you never know.

I use Acronis True Image for backups.
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I use Acronis True Image for backups.
I'll look it up, thanx.
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I use the backup system included with the Mac OS.

Even if you don't need a full backup, there's been a few times I deleted a file, then a month later realized I need it again. I can go into the backup and recover that one file.
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^In addition to the Mac's Time Machine, I use Backblaze as a backup to my backup, just in case there's a robbery or a power surge or an earthquake or anything else that isn't restricted to the inside of my computer.
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Offsite duplication is always a good idea.
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I know it's tricky if the capacity of your backup device exceeds that of the HDD on your working machine but the files archived to your back up device should really be a straight duplicate of what you have on your PC, otherwise it's just storage and subject to the same consequences if failure occurs.

It's not without its flaws (ie. it's a little too paranoid in the application of its hardware encryption) but I swear by Western Digital's My Book Duo RAID HDD unit; it's dual drive and is configurable to RAID-1 (mirrored); what you save to one HDD is automatically copied over to its companion drive, the obvious benefit being that if one of the drives fail, you'll always have its companion drive to fall back on in the retrieval of your data.
After nearly a decade of relying on the My Book Duo, I'm currently into my second one (after having filled the first one up) and it's saved my bacon twice making it worth its weight in gold to me.
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