...and today it happened... the thing we afraid most in the digital age - when ones become zeros. In other words - losing data on your hard drive. What happened: i just uninstalled a small program that changed my desktop wallpapers automatically. A bit later when accessing my photos catalog that contained more than 6 month photos (jpg-s and not yet processed raw files) i discovered that all folders were totally empty. Well.. not only the photos catalog, THE WHOLE PARTITION OF THE DRIVE was erased, only empty folders everywhere were left (lost all my music, movies, software installation files and photos). I could recover only about 15% of lost data. All other files were completely deleted or broken.
Files that are converted from raw's to jpg-s, i always write onto 2 DVD discs. But...
Ouch, sorry about that. I would be highly annoyed if I lost my work. I've noticed the number of images of hard drive interiors here on DT and wondered if they are all crashed drives. Really makes you think.
BTW I never had a drive crash when I was using IDE but since I started to use SATA I have changed 3!!! (No lose of info thank God). One more advise, don't use the same drive of storage where you do DVD ripping and converting! I don't know why but the cache of goes wrong & cause bad clusters!
I use an external HD "Western Digital" of 350 GB before I arrange them in DVD's. Even so I make 2 copies of the important stuff! Can you imagine to loose the layers of a site you have made! It's a disaster to loose hours of work! I never used recovery programs but I know that there are ones that recover even formated HD! Search google...
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