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Bugger [Feb. 27th, 2007|12:33 pm]
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Computer is playing up pretty badly. May have lost the last month's emails and work. Before anyone comments, I do back-up quite regularly, it just happens that this has occurred while I was carefully clearing another harddrive to act as a dedicated back-up drive, so there was nowhere to back up the recent info to.

So for the next week or so, if you need to contact me, phone. And if you're waiting on replies to emails, well, ring.

The thing I'm most concerned about is the last few weeks photos that aren't backed up yet. Some are still on my camera, but other's may be lost, including my comet pics. Not sure if they were in the last DVD back-up I did or not.

*Wanders off to watch a DVD or read a book*

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[User Picture]From: shrydar
2007-02-27 03:33 am (UTC)

Re: hard drive backups not cool

Not sure I'd agree with your reasoning there - the mechanism is irrelevant. It's the MTBF I'd be more interested in. Got any figures?

J and I have two backup drives, at least one of which is in a bank vault at any given time. (the overlap's only during the few minutes of changeover). Each is big enough to keep a copy or two of our personal files, and we usually verify the images before taking the drive in to town.
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[User Picture]From: shrydar
2007-02-27 06:04 am (UTC)

Re: hard drive backups not cool

I hear you on the MTBF not being the most effective measure. Hard to get stats on anything else though :-(

Still, the chances of losing data from three devices simultaneously has got to be astronomically low, particularly if no more than two are powered up at any given moment. All our backup drives are in firewire enclosures, so the electrical isolation's pretty reasonable, too.
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From: livelurker
2007-02-27 04:01 pm (UTC)

Re: hard drive backups not cool

You have seen the Google hard drive failure analysis paper?

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[User Picture]From: shrydar
2007-02-27 11:50 pm (UTC)

Re: hard drive backups

No - thanks for the link :)
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[User Picture]From: shrydar
2007-02-27 06:05 am (UTC)
Congrats on keeping your potential losses so low, and best of luck rummaging for the bits you're not sure about :)
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[User Picture]From: thinarthur
2007-02-27 09:37 am (UTC)
Know how you feel, I had a major computer disaster at Xmas, very painful. Since then I've been putting recent pics & files of importance on a USB drive shortterm and burning a data DVD at regular intervals
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2007-02-27 09:54 am (UTC)
Well I have the comet pics you sent me.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-02-27 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks gorgeous, thankfully I seem to have those. Basically if I've lost pics, it'll be a handful from the start of Feb.

Most of my recent pics are still on my camera even though I downloaded them because a little voice in my head was saying "Don't clear the camera... those pics can stay there for a bit longer..." when normally as soon as I download them I empty the camera.

Thank heavens for listening to the insane inner voice. Hmmm... many I should killkillkillkillkill
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[User Picture]From: rendragon
2007-02-28 03:22 am (UTC)
Was missing your posts here on LJ. Was even wanting to send you a *COCK* but I don't have any contact details for you (and I'm too lazy/independent to ask hespa if she had any.)

Nice to "see" you back. Good luck with your computer woes *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-02-28 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks babe.

And Hespa does have my details, if you ever get motivated *grin*
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From: sensual_pixie
2007-02-28 04:55 am (UTC)


I give up!
Can't find your email address and would like to ask a *quiet* question.

or you can email me


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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-02-28 05:32 am (UTC)

Re: EMail

Just emailed you. Let me know if you haven't gotten it. Did you want me to delete your comment once we're in contact?
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