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Friday, October 30, 2009

Got 'Dem Cosmic Data Blues

A few days (or was it weeks?) ago I mentioned that I was looking at flash drives, for no reason other than to look at flash drives. Well wouldn't you know, my primary 6gb Seagate flash drive failed earlier this week. Now I've had it for about 4 or 5 years, so I can't say that I didn't get good service out of it. What I can say is that I'm a quasi-moron for not having backed the data up. Note that I said "quasi", because I did once back it up, but that was last December. On the positive side, I split out some of the files from this drive into two other drives (dedicated to work and other files) about two months ago, leaving the Seagate drive with just my pictures and music files.

What to do? Well I bought two 4mb HP flash drives yesterday and then moved the backed-up music files onto one, and the backed-up picture files onto another. Splitting them out seems to make sense, as a failure on one will mean that I still have the other. I also need to either back the files up more frequently (say monthly) OR maybe look into some kind of on-line backup service.

Also in the "it could have been worse" department, I only recently had added some music files to the Seagate drive, and I still had copies of the ripped newer files on my hard drive, I probably didn't loose much at all.

The real bummer here is that I've lost most of the pictures I've taken from December 2008 through September 2009. I might have some back-up copies on the hard drive, so I'll check for that over the weekend. Interestingly, I discovered that the Seagate drive was busted because I tried to copy some pictures I took in December onto it. Oh well, no sense crying over lost data and as I tell my children, "sometimes things just break".

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