I just want to say that I haven’t forgotten that I have a blog to keep up with. I do have a valid excuse, I swear!
And here it is: I just had a hard drive crash. I have been going through a lot to get back into the swing of things. If you’ve never had a hard drive crash, first thank your lucky stars. Secondly, read on to find out what a nightmare it can be…
This is my second hard drive failure in very recent history. The first one taught me to back up everything immediately. I did lose a few things, including precious, irreplacable photos. I fortunately had almost everything backed up onto DVDs and CDs, but it was still painful to lose even some of my things. After that crash, I invested in a RAID external hard drive. It is 2 drives in one, and everything that I put on one is automatically copied onto the second. In additon to that, I continue to back up everything on DVDs as well. I would say that I am less paranoid than prepared, especially considering my recent crash. Good thing I have that external hard drive, huh?
So, I didn’t lose anything that I couldn’t get back this time around, but this time it was my new computer’s internal drive that crashed. This time it was only a matter of inconvenience for me. Once I figured out what the heck happened to my brand spanking new Mac, I took it in and got a new drive within 2 days (still under warranty, woohoo!!). When you decide to purchase a new computer, you’re usually too excited to care about all of the updates and installations you have to do, but when you unexpectedly have to do all of that (right after having just done it weeks earlier), it can be quite annoying. I’m still in the process of doing everything. I seem to have lost some software since installing it the first time… I know it’s around here somewhere.
Anyway, it’s been a huge pain. I mean I JUST did all of this a couple of months ago! I had everything the way it should be and then bam! I had to do it all over again. I really shouldn’t complain since I didn’t lose anything important. I would just like to emphasize how important it is to BACK UP EVERYTHING! Hopefully you’ll take my word for it, because it’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN. Or so I’ve heard. And for me, I guess it’s a matter of how often?
So, this weekend is dedicated to getting my software installed, and then I can continue with my posts. I’m also in the process of updating the look of my site. So far I have added some social media buttons, including Twitter updates. Have you noticed the little sidebar drawer tab? Pretty cool, huh? Next I will probably be updating my gallery pages to look very sleek. Just before the crash I was able to upgrade my ProPhoto 2 WordPress theme to the fabulous ProPhoto 3 version that you see before you. This one includes some gallery options that I’ve been searching for for far too long. I’ll let you know when those are up. I can’t wait!
Now if I could just find that software…
Sean Guilbert - You can RAID your computers internal drive as well. Make sure you are not running RAID 0 though. I have had some clients who thought they were safe but who ever set them up did so with RAID 0. I always tell my clients the cost of a hard drive is miniscule compared to the value of what is on it escpecially if your bussiness depends on it whats a few hundred dollars.
You could also use a service such as Dropbox for backing up your documents online/offsite, it is free for 2 gig, which for most people will do fine for documents (but not enough for photos).
traciehowe - I didn’t know that either. I do have my external RAID set up though… I was sure not to make any mistakes with that! I just realized that I have to re-calibrate my monitor too. When will it ever end?! Thanks Seano!
Laurel McConnell - Hard drive crashes are the pits! You CAN make a bootable external hard drive of your main computer for next time, though, to minimize your downtime reinstalling all of your hardware & preferences, ask the mac dudes how (it’s uber easy). I use Carbon Copy Cloner to remind me to attach it and backup any new stuff every week, in addition to all the DVD burning, external HD rotations, and the nightly internet image/document backups to Backblaze. Good luck with the reinstalls!
traciehowe - Thanks, that is handy to know. I will definitely look into it. 🙂