WARNING: Back-Up Your Hard Drives!
I’m writing this with a heavy heart and a strong word of warning to everyone who stores video on hard drives — always back it up!
I’ve been loading all of my news stories onto a drive that I purchased just a year ago. I hadn’t turned it on in a few weeks and then when I went to add some new stories it would show up one minute, then disappear the next. I should have recognized this, I’ve been through this before — the tell-tale signs of a hard drive on the outs. Once I realized what was happening it was too late. I lost a lot of my stories. Many I’d posted to Youtube. I’ve managed to get some many of them back through downloading back off of Youtube, but at greatly reduced picture quality. When the video you upload is 500 Mb and the video you’re able to download is 5 or 10 Mb, that’ a lot of picture loss. Others are just gone.
I was just about to start a mirror file when this happened. To be honest, I’ve been doing some feverish backing up of drives over the past few weeks and somehow this one file that had all of my news video library had slipped through. Fortunately, a month ago I’d discovered a box of tapes that I thought were lost and have been in the process of transferring them to digital files. It was when I went to add these to the Iomega drive that failed that I discovered my problem, so I haven’t lost any of these.
Finally, a few of my stories on Youtube that have been linked to pages on this site have been lost. I shall be going through the process of restoring them, but it may take a few weeks.
These are just a few of the active hard drives on and around my work area. They vary from 400 Gigabytes to 2 Terabytes.
And there are a few drives that I use that aren’t pictured here.
And these are some of my back-up drives:
So please — don’t rely on just one drive to store your memories and valuables. And make double sure that all of your files are backed up and nothing has slipped through.