Wherever you live, you probably heard the oaths and imprecations from here today. This morning my current backup hard disk died, instantly and irrevocably. That’s two and a half years of fountain pen photos that have become unavailable to me.
It’s not a financial loss. My business files are fine, because I back them up to CD as well. The photos have no real earning potential for me. Mostly, I use them for this blog and as illustrations to questions I answer in the pen groups. It would cost £280.00 to recover the data, and it just isn’t worth it. I would have no return on that outlay.
Those photographs were a wonderful reference, though, and I’m really going to miss them.
It does make me consider my backup policy, which I felt was a sensible one, but it clearly wasn’t enough because it has let me down. Realistically, how many backups of backups of backups do you need before you can say your data is safe?