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Hello,.

No. That did not happened to me. But I am writting an article about that subject and would like to hear from those who unfortunately experienced that. Purpose is to learn on how to avoid that to happen to others..

Thanks,.

Yoel..

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...because CD-R media (where I saved my photos) became unreadable after 8 months (!) -even I've used "respected brand" (at that time).What I've learned?.

Make at least two copies of CD/DVD media and repeat backup of those at least once a year. For serious work, I'd recommend external HDD too (serving only for backup purpose)..

BogdanMy pictures are my memorieshttp://freeweb.siol.net/hrastni3/..

Comment #1

If you have two or more computers, copy the files to both. And burn to CD or DVD...

Comment #2

My son thought he had lost all his pictures near the end of our summer holiday: a formatting error on the CF card in his compact camera. We recovered them using a utility called PhotoRescue 3.0 (not free!) downloaded from the internet which did a good job of finding everything..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

1/ after copying images from memory card to computer, do not delete the memory card until you've sorted the on-comoyuter images, deleted the bad and neutral ones, and then copied the good ones to an external hard drive, CD, or DVD..

2/ When editing an image, work from a copy of an original, so if the edited version is lost, you've still got the original.Amazinghow often an edited file can disappear..

3/ And when you get the edited version finished, put than on the external hard drive, or CD, or DVD, too..

COSTCO Canada now has a 160GB portable hard drive for $95, so have extra copies is no big deal anymore. ($140 for 250GB, too).

BAK..

Comment #4

I agree with BAK on working off non-originals. I do that as well. I was starting to question it, but figured harddrive space is cheap. I basically do what BAK does. I sync up once every other week with my external hd and every other month or so, I burn DVDs of all my images. LIke someone else mentioned, DVDs don't last forever! And it's generally under 10 years I believe.

DVDs are cheap as well, so it's no big deal to back up everything over again..

I think what I'm going to start doing is either putting teh DVDs in my safety deposit box or mail them to my parents for them to keep. I'm well covered in the event that a harddrive fails, but if there is a fire, tornado, flood, or asteroid, they'd all be lost since all copies are at my house.Just trying to learn.

Blog: http://novicephotog.blogspot.com/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9778447@N07/..

Comment #5

There are excellent free tools to recover pictures too..

Mike703 wrote:.

My son thought he had lost all his pictures near the end of oursummer holiday: a formatting error on the CF card in his compactcamera. We recovered them using a utility called PhotoRescue 3.0(not free!) downloaded from the internet which did a good job offinding everything..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #6

Once the hard drive that I had all my digital pictures on wouldn't boot and could not be accessed anymore. I was able to use a Norton utility to extract the raw sector data off the drive and put it on a huge file that I burned to DVD. I found where the files were by noticing what a jpg header looked like and wrote a program to extract each photo from the huge file and separate them into individual jpg files. Much to my wife's relief we recovered all the pictures! Plus that gave me the excuse to go out and buy the DVD burner..

Now I store my photos on my local drive and an external drive and also upload them to my smugmug professional account. I also make periodic backups to DVD media...

Comment #7

Yes, if you live in an area prone to natural disasters, a hard drive in the house is not the most secure. I've been putting mine up at flickr, on the mac servers via purchased space there and some at photobucket and, lately, some at google's picasaweb..

I feel safe with this arrangement. Is this is as secure, do you think, as it feels? None of these feel vulnerable to going out of business anytime soon. The pics may even outlive me..

At both flickr and my mac account, I can put up any file size that I want, no restrictions. Ditto google..

Comments appreciated. Another bonus of this system for me is that organization is a real challenge for me and I can find things via dedicated albums or sets..

Thanks..

Comment #8

Think rule of thirds - you use it in the composition of your picture now apply it in the storage of them. 3 different physical storage locations. or 3 different media however you choose to look at it. And at least one of them must me off site if they are important to you..

Personally I am a hardware geek. I have 3 physical PC's actually more but these are the primaries. I have over 3 terabytes of storage between them.

The PC's include my primary workstation, my HTPC box and my media storage server..

When I come in with fresh pics they go on the primary workstation and I then use the MS powertoy Synctoy to distribute the pictures to holding pens on the HTPC and the Media server..

I then make my pass through the batch to discard the non keepers. Once complete I use synctoy to "sync" my changes. Basiclaly removing all the same files from the other two locations. After any PP or file management such as moving to directories for the appropriate groups of files. I then sync again, now they are in their final resting areas on all 3 machines. The HTPC content is displayed on my 40 inch HD tv when we are not watching TV (Screen Saver).

Any additional work on the photos is done with the source files located on my main workstation and propagated on demand when I am happy with the results. Thus any screwups can be rectified by pulling a new copy from the media server. At different intervals there are backsup of the media server done to alternating external hard drives which are then placed in my safe deposit box..

Lastly I have recently started placing my prized photos (those that my wife and I would die if we lost) on bot my external web site and I sync them to my fathers machine in florida, I am in ohio..

Overkill? Probably. But being in the it IT industry and having worked with computers for over 25 years now I know that things can and do happen that are unexpected and out of your control. Since digital pictures are incredibly fragile and since all of my families history is on them. You be the judge.   I have ensured that no matter what happens those memories will not be lost..

And dont let them fool you - CD and DVD writable disks are not the permanent archival tools they are made out to be. The only way to ensure long life is to write them and store them immediately in a light controlled environment - such as a safe deposit box...

Comment #9

Hbx2004 wrote:.

...because CD-R media (where I saved my photos) became unreadableafter 8 months (!) -even I've used "respected brand" (at that time)..

How did you label it?.

What I've learned?Make at least two copies of CD/DVD media and repeat backup of thoseat least once a year. For serious work, I'd recommend external HDDtoo (serving only for backup purpose)..

Not using acid-free markets on your media will kill it. Not using acid-free adhesive to attach labels will kill it. The top of a CD or DVD is less resilient than the bottom..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #10

Buy a new xD memory card so that you have plenty of storage space for shooting at a big music festival, and have it suddenly die with more than 200 irreplaceable pictures in it after only 4 days of use. That happened to me. And that is just bad luck. There is nothing you can do to prevent it or fix it..

== Other than the suggestion that you only use well-broken-in, tried-and-true dependable memory cards when you can't afford to loose the shots. Test and break in the new ones with non-critical work..

** 'Now I know what it's like to be high on life.** It isn't as good, but my driving has improved.'** == Nina, on 'Just Shoot Me', 13 Jan 2006...

Comment #11

Dear Yoel.

Yoel D wrote:.

Hello,.

No. That did not happened to me. But I am writting an article aboutthat subject and would like to hear from those who unfortunatelyexperienced that. Purpose is to learn on how to avoid that to happento others..

Thanks,.

Yoel.

There is a considerable amount of discussion of this by me and others in the following thread:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1022&message=25909241.

Switch to 'FLAT VIEW' and read on from the above post..

Kindest regards, john from Australia..

Http://canopuscomputing.com.au/gallery2/main.php..

Comment #12

Not all but over 5000 not to any computer problem just lost portable HD and did not have back up on them so I still hope it will turn up some where some day but it's MIA as of now.Mironvhttp://mironv.smugmug.com/.

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Comment #13

Anecdotal tales from those who lost images won't help your readers "learn" to avoid that from happening..

Better yet would be to solicit stories/testimonials from those who AVOIDED loss when a disk went bad precisely because they had backups..

Disks o fall types are dirt cheap nowadays. There's really no excuse for any serious digital photographer to not have at least one if not two or even three backups of every image worth preserving..

Me personally? I have a RAID 1 mirror on my primary workhorse and a RAID5 with an online hot-spare on my backup server. I also backup to DVD as my second backup. That's a copy on two different fault-tolerant disk arrays, and a third on DVD. You just can't be too careful..

Yoel D wrote:.

Hello,.

No. That did not happened to me. But I am writting an article aboutthat subject and would like to hear from those who unfortunatelyexperienced that. Purpose is to learn on how to avoid that to happento others..

Thanks,.

Yoel.

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