September 25, 2015
Good afternoon. You know something? You folks are great. No matter how bad things get, you always have encouraging words and thoughts. It really does help. This latest drive crash put me in a really bad tailspin. But I'm getting to the point where I know everything on the drive is gone for good, and I have to figure out how to go from here.
All my new designs and work was on that drive. All my newest resources from the last six months was on that drive. All my photographs since June were on that drive. All my previous backups were on that drive. Folks, don't buy Seagate hard drives.
For years, I have stayed with Seagate drives because they seemed to behave much better than the other brands. Well, guess what? I'm wrong! The last two laptops that crashed and the last two external hard drives that crashed were Seagates!!!
I used to back up everything on CD's and DVD's, but have found that they won't always work on the next new pc or laptop that you buy. So now I have tons of stuff backed up on discs that isn't doing me much good.
Technology seems to be thriving, but it doesn't seem to care about saving anything. To me, that's sad. We as consumers listen to the sales pitches and buy the products with a false sense of security. The really good stuff is not sold to the consumer. Instead it sits in just a few labs, waiting for us consumers to run into problems and then it can charge us ungodly prices to fix these messes.
I called Seagate to see about retrieving all my lost data. For a measly $1000, they will give it a try. BUT, there is no promise that they will be able to retrieve much if anything. They just will give it a try. They do have cheaper prices that start around $600 and up. I called Best Buy, asked the same questions, and got pretty much the same answers. They can't retrieve any lost data, and would have to send the drive out to the manufacturer. For the same prices!!! With the same No Guarantee!!
When I asked each company why the prices for retrieval attempts were so expensive, they told me that it was because the equipment they needed to use was very costly. Amazing! If I were a criminal, the police wouldn't have any problem retrieving all my lost data to make sure there wasn't some incriminating evidence there. But I'm not a criminal, so that's that!
Wayne will pick up my drive later today to see if he can do anything. But, he is not holding out any hope either. I threatened to take him off my favorite persons list and my Christmas card list, but he just laughed at me and said "Oh well!"
All my beautiful photos of Pogo are gone. Boo Hoo. It's losing all my photos and art projects that hurts the most. So, I took a few new photos to share here on my blog. Here is one of my roses, and a new photo of my precious Pogo.
The next thing I will be looking into is saving everything in cyber space. I haven't heard of anyone losing their stuff from cloud storage, so I will have to check it out. If you know of a better way, please do let me know. I do use external hard drives, but they are only good until they die. And they do. If you don't believe me, ask me and I'll tell you!
I usually start my blog post off with a bit about the day's weather. Today I did not. I got up a bit late this morning, with just enough time to get dressed, take Pogo out, and then we hopped into my car and headed off to my appointment at the nail salon. My poor fingernails have been badly neglected these past few weeks. But now they look nice again.
As for the weather today, it's an absolutely gorgeous, perfect day!!! The sun is shining, there's a nice breeze, and the temp is in the 70's. I really couldn't ask for a better day. One of the forecasters on the weather channel on TV was saying that we can look forward to another winter very much like the last one. Cold wise and heating cost wise, I have to say that I am looking forward to another great winter. I just hope that the rest of the country does not have to go through all the same really bad weather that came to them this whole year.
Tonight, Janet and I are going to our second camera club meeting. The last one was interesting, but a bit boring. I'm hoping that tonight's meeting will be more fun. We shall see. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.