What a shock!
Posted by Barry Cram on May 26, 2019, 9:50 pm
Hello folks, |
For safety, I back up my computer data onto 2 external hard drives – master and slave. Every couple of days, I back up my computer onto the master drive, and then, about every month, I back up the master drive onto the slave drive. So, the only time I have both external drives in my computer together, is when I’m backing up master to slave. This system works great for me, and allows me to have 2 back-ups for safe-keeping.
But, over time, the USBs on my laptop have become loose, and every now and then, anything plugged into them will click off and on, and I thought that if I didn’t touch the wires that were plugged in, then I’d be okay.
The other day I had my 2 external drives plugged into the computer, when it decided to make a sizzling sound, causing the hard drives to switch off and the screen to flicker. I immediately removed the hard drives. I then re-attached the master hard drive, to see what would happen, but it wouldn’t work. I tried umpteen times and eventually, the drive whirred and appeared on the screen. I looked in the folders and to my surprise, they were all empty of data! The same happened with the slave drive. Apart from these 2 drives, I don’t have another copy of the data on any other drives. What an awful shock!
These external drives are expensive, so I couldn’t just go to the shop and replace them, so thought it best to put them back in their drawer until I could.
By this time, I was a worried man, wondering if the hard drives were ‘frazzled’ and all the data gone forever, or, if the data might somehow reappear on the drives on further attempt to open them.
My daughter came in from shopping, and she said to me, ‘Mam told me that you’re having trouble with your hard drives, and that you might have lost all your data’, and then she handed me a package and said, ‘Here’s a present for you.’
I looked at the package and then back at my daughter, with a look that said, ‘No way! This can’t be a hard drive!’ I opened the package and there, in my hands was a brand-new hard drive! How good’s that?
Now, the big question was, would any of the old hard drives open up and work… and if so, would they stay open long enough to extract the data from them over to the new hard drive?
I don’t give up easily, and tried and tried to open up the drives, until… eventually… one opened! Hurray! I checked the folders and to my relief, they were filled with data… phew!
Now, the tricky bit… I then connected my new hard drive and it appeared almost instantly – I now had the old source drive and the new destination drive both showing on my screen.
I started my sync programme… it started, but soon crashed, and disconnected both the old drive and new drive.
Here we go again…
After many days, and too many crashes to mention, I decided to just copy and paste the folders from the old drive to the new drive… and, so far, I’ve saved nearly all the folders, but still working on saving the others. At the rate I’m going - fingers crossed - it might only be a few more days.
I think that in the situation I've been very lucky, and cannot stress often enough the following: please back up your data regularly, on numerous external drives... the more back-ups the better.