So where’s the photo for Wordless Wednesday? Well, it’s currently on a drive disconnected from my computer so another computer crash can’t kill THAT drive! So today’s Wordless Wednesday will be very wordy.
One reason I miss film some days is the permanence of the negatives. Digital files seem so much more fragile. Case in point. My current computer system (rather old) is reaching the end of its days and a few days ago it crashed…taking my photo drive with it. I’m currently working with the hard drive manufacturer to see if the original files are salvageable. That’s right, my ENTIRE photo library for better than a decade was on that drive.
Thankfully, even if the drive is now an expensive boat anchor, I had a backup. Every day my files were backed up to a second external drive (of different brand and model). This drive survived and although the backup program had pretty well hidden my files for some reason, the photos are all there and ok. I will admit to getting nauseous and being about a hair’s width from a full-fledged panic attack by the time I found the files.
So now I’m shopping for a new computer, new main photo drive, and considering my options for backup. Do I continue with one backup or go completely paranoid and move to a secondary backup “just in case”?
Either way I’m really missing physical negatives about now.