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Windows 7: The five stages of data-loss grief

28 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
The five stages of data-loss grief

So your hard drive just died, and you didn't back it up. I'm so, so sorry. You can expect to go through the following five stages once you discover that all of your photos, files and music are gone forever.
The five stages of data-loss grief - Gizmodo-

-I have to admit, I experienced the exact stages when my hard drive died. Well, it actually didn't die- I destroyed it by opening it up because I thought it did die. Turns out it was just a faulty USB connector from the enclosure I had it in. The data! The memories!
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28 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I, too, leaned the hard way about backing up.
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29 Apr 2010   #3


They nailed it alright.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I, too, leaned the hard way about backing up.
Ditto to a degree - I can't particularly say I've completely learnt from it.

I back some stuff up to discs.

But if my internal 2TB drive which I bought solely as a Backup Storage Drive Only never intended to be 'used' daily which is now my main documents, media, pictures, .iso's, downloads etc drive, failed - I'd lose a lot
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29 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

My hard drive has so far never failed. But because i always fiddle with my computers settings i have wiped my hard drive and crashed my computer many times and lost all my data in the process. I'm never going to learn.
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29 Apr 2010   #5

Windows Seven

6º step is forget to backup and start the loop
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29 Apr 2010   #6

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

A good case for either having a backup HDD (one that is only used to backup your important information then placed on a shelve), or use DVDs for backing up your files (have about fifty DVDs with music and pictures).

Also a good sign of 20/20 hind sight. . .I'll back it up tomorrow. . .oh wait. . .
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29 Apr 2010   #7

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
I think you forgot the 6th stage

Ah well --I didn't really need it anyway -- now I've cleaned up my Drive(s).

In any case nobody should EVER be allowed within 100 KM from a computer until the word BACKUP becomes throughly burned on to their brains.

Data Loss IS INEVITABLE - but RECOVER can be 100% if you just take regular backups.

It doesn't matter HOW experienced a user you are -- data loss will occur at sometime due to accident, user error or hardware (or even software) failure.

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29 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

This is why I bought 2 external hard drives and mirrored them, this way If one dies I always have something to fall back on. Thay are very cheap these days a 500gig model can be found for under £60

Toshiba 500GB External Hard Drive USB 8MB Cache - Retail - Ebuyer
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29 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I've got a mirrored network drive setup thatis backed up and all BUT, for those that just never seem to be able to get it done, here is a really decent backup strategy that prevents total loss while being 100% effortless...

Every couple of years, LONG before any HD would fail from age, when you want to upgrade an OS or you buy a new machine or just want to reinstall the OS to clean it out... buy a new HD! Copy the contents from the old one and let the old one sit on the shelf. Tada! Instant backup of everything you have to that point.

I know WAY too many people that try to hang on to their HD for 5 years or longer, even moving it from machine to machine to save money and that's just courting disaster. Always get a new HD, save the old one, do not reformat or repurpose it till you have at least one more newer "backup".
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29 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Good strategy. Makes sense.
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