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I'm looking for some pictures I took back in the last decade, and sent to someone who since died and can I find 'em? His family would like a copy.
Nope - but I have had NAS failures, HDD failures, and running-out-of-space-what-the-heck-do-I-delete failures since then, and even I don't keep backups that are over ten years old ... unfortunately. Maybe I should.
So, I remember my stack of redundant HDDs - I get a bigger one, the old one goes on the pile.
Dig out my old ATA to USB box as my current MB doesn't support ATA drives at all. And ... all but one of them I've overwrite wiped, formatted, and re-fdisked ready for me to smash them to pieces with a big hammer but I never got round to that bit.
The last one? Doesn't fit in the converter box because it's a Maxstore and it;s connectoirs are upside down.
Then I remember Herself's computer. The one she hasn't turned on for so long it's still using the WiFi Router ID for three routers ago ... it's an HP ... That'll have ATA.
Connect it all back up, power it up, it works. Turn off, set the drive to slave, connect it up, power it up ... and it's blank. Sod. Turn it off again. You have to remember that this is XP territory, and booting is quite slow. (And it's strange to see two physical processors in one machine instead of one).
But then I see a second HDD bolted into her computer, but not connected. Now, there are two possibilities here:
1) It's the original HDD from this PC which died and there may just be some of my data on it.
2) It's the original HDD from my HP PC which died shortly after hers and it's probably catatonic by now.
Let's see ... BOIS starts to scream at me "THIS DRIVE IS DYING!" Great, that means it's not dead yet.
Oh boy - it's the motherload. My HDD from 2010 which died. We could be lucky here.
And sure enough, there is the HTML file I sent the pictures in. Don't ask. Just don't. Are they embedded? No, they are linked to a picture storage website ... that doesn't exist any more.
But, I'm copying everything I can find off the computer to a USB stick and the pictures may be there. If not, they are gone for good. I'll see what I can find when I get it on my PC in a couple of hours, USB1 is so slooooowwww.
And I just found them!
I've copied them onto my computer, and I'm trying to rescue the rest now just in case - but that's complicated because the computer is XP 32 bit, and I can't get AOMEI to work on it, it gives me CRC errors and stops copying, it doesnt like my 256Gb USB stick, and I don't want to turn it off because there is a good chance the HDD may never work again if I do...
Ah, the fun we have on a Sunday!
Sent from my Amstrad PC 1640 Never throw anything away, Griff
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
AntiTwitter: @DalekDave is now a follower!
For some reason it seems you're spending every single weekend making back-ups, restoring back-ups, looking for files on old back-ups...
I don't think there's anyone more obsessed with his back-ups than you are.
I'd almost think you're some weird back-up fetishist... Are you?
"Oh yeah baby, I'm plugging it in and see if I can restore some of those old files"