Friday, January 02, 2009


I have started off my new year with a loss of years of images, art, travel, references, and information. When my pc needing repairing I placed everything on a portable back up drive. In the holiday rush I had not reloaded to another source. The portable storage device developed an error and even the Geek Squad could not revive it. I am not looking for a pity party but I feel like a deflated balloon, goals pushed aside as I recover. Someone on twitter told me about where you can store and back up online. I signed up. Have you tried it? I am sharing this with everyone to heed those little messages in your brain and back up with more than one source. No Golden Peanut today. There's still one more method to pursue to get my images back, so there's a little smidgen of hope. It will be interesting to see where this detour leads me.


Angela said...

Aw! I hope your little smidge of hope works out. Good Luck!

Ana Tirolese said...

I feel you pain!

This happened to me once too, not quite as bad as what happened to you. I had transferred client files to back disks and deleted them from my computer. When the server that was hosting my clients' websites' files crashed and lost all the files, I was asked to re-upload all the websites files. All went great except that two of the biggest and most involved sites were on corrupted disks and I was unable to load them. I had to recreate both sites from scratch and I am talking a LOT of work.

I wish I had known about online storage.

Thanks for sharing the link.

I hope you are able to get most of your work back. But, I know from experience, there will always be things that you will have lost forever.


Peggi Habets said...

Not a good way to start off the year! My friend works for the Geek Squad and told me she would never let them work on her computer. I once downloaded a program called Softperfect File Recovery when I accidentally deleted all my vacation photos on my camera (duh!) and it worked well. You can find it online. (I think it was free.) Good luck!

Gainor said...

I am sorry this happened to you, Robin!

I tell everyone in my computer classes not to ever trust things like flash drives or even the bigger stand alone backup hard drives. I use two in tandem backing up my documents daily as well as online storage. I use and pay $4.95 per month. It uploads the changes to my documents daily! It is so worth the money I would not be without it. If you experience a system failure they will send you a disk with all your files on it. I think there is a small charge for this but hey, data retrieval is very pricey. I have asked for a single file and the online storage program emails it to you! It is great.

The reason I do all this is because the same thing happened to me, but the loss was not as great as yours. Once in a lifetime, I tell my students, you will experience a data loss and then never again!

I believe in overkill on this. One or two of those small hard drives can go with me if I had to leave the house for a hurricane or other disaster or for a special event.

You might check to see if there is a data retrieval company in your area. They would have equipment that the Geek Squad is unlikely to use. It might be worth checking that out before you toss the failed device.

Hopefully 2009 will improve with time, but I fully sympathize with your plight!


Jean Levert Hood said...

ohmygosh, I am sooo sorry. I hope for the best for your last try!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Thanks everyone.
Here are some local data retrieval companies I my last resort ....

Network Services
(407) 332-8789
155 Charles St
Longwood, FL
Computer Services Inc
(407) 389-0258
2695 W State Road 434
Longwood, FL
Joshua Computer Services
(407) 332-4747
Longwood, FL
Emerald Technology, Inc.
2501 Clark Street
Apopka, FL
Toptech Systems Inc
(407) 518-1056
280 Hunt Park Cv
Longwood, FL
Toptech Systems Inc
(407) 332-1774
280 Hunt Park Cv
Longwood, FL
Raretec Llc
(407) 833-3938
3239 Deer Chase Run
Longwood, FL
Acm Business Solutions
(407) 788-1505
2180 W State Road 434
Longwood, FL
Esp Information Services Inc
(407) 682-9067
126 Ridgewood Dr
Longwood, FL
Architectural Marketing Associates Inc
(407) 767-9540
1225 Bennett Dr
Longwood, FL
Kirkey & Associates Inc
(407) 331-5151
1920 Boothe Cir
Longwood, FL
Software Management Consultants Inc
(407) 869-9111
235 N Hunt Club Blvd
Longwood, FL

afiori said...

Oh no!!! I'm so sorry for you!!

Strange thing - I logged in, looked at my bloglist and your post was right next to this one about art being destroyed by a flood:

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I am thankful for many things...all of you, and afiori's strange thing reminds me of all I have.

Azure Islands Designs said...

That is awful, I feel for what you must be going through right now...I was very upset when it happened to me...I didn't loose such important personal things as yours!

My computer was attacked by a virus and I lost everything but a small disk of the time I used my computer for work...some very important information was lost!! This was back in the late 1990's so recovery wasn't as efficient as it is now at least the company I contacted wasn't...

I've never heard of the online back up systems...will check it out! Thanks for the tip...

All the best to your recovery thought will be with you!!!

Megan Wolfe said...

OMG!! :( So sorry about your system crash! (er, external crash)

I hear online backups are great. I think Leo Laporte (The Tech Guy) uses and endorses one called "Carbonite". People say it works really well.

Haven't tried it yet though.. but after this, I might have to. :(