The past few days have been stressful for me. We had contractors come in to fix our windows (which I will talk about in another post) and so I had to disassemble my office and along the way, my hard drive crashed.
Its pretty insane that my hard drive crashed since the hard drive wasn’t plugged into anything and wasn’t running, but to say the least, I lost 4 years of information.
Pretty much the things I lost were:
- Photos I’ve taken
- Photoshoots I’ve done in the past
- All the demos I’ve recorded since I was 15
- The new music I’ve been working on (although I have some rough samples still on my laptop, so I should be good.)
- All my plays (which I have physical copies of, and some backups in the cloud)
- All my teaching notes/course outlines
- Graphics for my blogs/companies
- Website Designs/Templates I’ve used in the past
- Plugins for websites/instructions on how to install & use them
- Videos that were never uploaded from my old web series “Brett & Abbey”
I mostly feel stupid because my sister kept on telling me how important it was to back up files and make sure that everything is in the cloud, and while I have a number of the most important files, it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to miss the other stuff.
The thing is since I run so many blogs, I never think about the photos that I don’t upload or photos I’ve been saving to post (since those photos are always uploaded to the cloud). Or, what about all of the photos that document my relationship with K? Photos that will never see the web because we keep our relationship off the internet for the most part. Or the photos I took of my childhood home before my parents sold it, etc.
I’ve also lost all of the work that I’ve done over the past few weeks because I didn’t consciously upload them to my drive (since I manually upload everything to my cloud). All-in-all, I’m just an idiot.
Unfortunately, it seems like data recovery is going to cost quite a bit and my buddy M has been helping me by trying to source someone who will do it for a decent price, so thank you for that again.
In the meantime, I started paying for Sync.com which has a fairly inexpensive/secure cloud storage. It’s free for the first few gigabytes and for each friend you refer you also get a free GB or space. So please feel free to use my code to get an extra GB and pass that onto me.
I’ve also been looking into buying an SSD external hard drive, which although fairly pricey, might be a huge game changer for me since they’re “indestructible.”
I mean, let’s be honest. In high school, I had two hard drives crash on me, and every one of my MacBook’s hard drives has crashed, so it’s about time I invested in something that is meant to not crash, but still, I’m glad I’m finally doing the “cloud storage” shiz…
In the meantime, I’m trying to compile all of the odd and end files I’ve had saved through e-mailing to myself or in drop boxes, etc.
I will say, as stressful as that is, I found photos, videos and songs that I forgot I had written and am really grateful that they’re still somewhere. I’m also really glad I’ve printed out almost every single version of scripts I’ve written because worst comes to worst… I can just retype them! (Or maybe there’s a program where you can scan a document and it makes it a word document… who knows!)
But, that’s the main reason why I haven’t been keeping a lot of my sites updated (if you were wondering why I dropped off the face of the planet.)
Welp, I need to go start working on my course material since classes start on Monday. This time I’m going to make sure it’s all saved on sync.