So not only did my hard drive crash in my laptop but a week later my back-up hard drive also crashed with serious hard wear damage.
Looking back yes i should have had another off-site back-up and sure i should have had a non-hard drive back-up but i didn’t and have now learned a huge lesson about what i need to be doing to stop a complete breakdown in not only my images but also my sanity!!
I am now in Kampala trying to recover my data from my hard-drives and have purchased another three 1TB hard drives for the future. I will combine this with some off-site and non-hard drive based back-ups and all in all take my system up to the appropriate level for a photographer. Slightly later than would have been appropriate.
It has taken me a week to write this post as my world literally fell apart…well at least the photographic part of my world. It is every photographers nightmare and one i never thought i would see and i haven’t had the stomach to write about it and make it real.
I never thought i would loose two hard drives in one week but i did…and wasn’t prepared. I feel stupid and careless where before i felt confident and secure.
But maybe i needed this to realise just how important my images are to me. And they are very important. Very important. The thought of loosing my images from moments of sheer and fleeting beauty which could never be regained was mind numbing.
Hopefully i will find out on Monday how successful the data recovery has been. I do expect to loose some images but am confident i can recover most of them. I hope for the best.