Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tales from the Trenches: Poof! And they're gone.

I decided to do the quarterly archive of my photos. As I went, I double checked that they took on the disk and systematically erased not only the photos, but the folder that they were in, in the Kodak Easy Share Program. The disk got to what I thought was the end, I pulled out another disk and continued to save. Prior to clearing the recycle bin, I decided to check the disk. There was nothing there.


Now, I knew that the pictures were still there. But, I had a disk that had photos saved on it from the past full year.


So, I went into the recycle bin, hit restore and voila! They were back. But! Where the heck were they? I'm not really good with the computer. I admit it. I turn it on. I can put programs on. I can run the virus protection, but if it gets anywhere even slightly toeing the line of nitty gritty, I'm lost.

Hubs saved me though. (Thanks, Hubs.) He found the pictures in some folders somewhere. I proceeded to sit for a couple of hours and save all the photos of the last year-- again.

Lesson learned. Don't use the DVD+R like the neighbor said. Just use the regular CD-R. I have no idea what happened, but the disk was blank. Totally blank.

However, it does bring me to an important point. Make back-up copies of your photos from time to time. I have a few friends who have lost many photos (not just you, Jamie) because they weren't saved on something else. In fact, my one friend had a virus/worm attack her computer so badly that when it did check out for one final time, it zapped everything, including photos of the first 4 years of her 4 1/2 year old's life and the thumb drive that she had 30 pages worth of paper writing on. Nothing was left. She wept.

Back it up, my friends. Put a copy in your fire box.

This PSA brought to you by your largely computer illiterate bloggy friend.

Day 18: Love seeks to understand. How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. -- Proverbs 3:13

Prepare a special dinner at home, just for the two of you. The dinner can be as nice as you prefer. Focus this time on getting to know your spouse better, perhaps in areas you've rarely talked about. Determine to make it an enjoyable evening for you and your mate.


ChupieandJ'smama said...

Oh I H.A.T.E. doing that!! But I need to. Hubs has one of the those little memory sticks that you add to your USB port to down load things and it's easier than a CD, but I still like my CD's. Glad you found your pix. I bet your heart skipped a few on that one :(

Rach said...

Grrrr on the back-up. I can sort of explain your blank CD issue. Think of CDR+ as VHS and CDR- as Beta. If you have a CDR+ machine you need to use the CD+ discs. Therefore, you would need a CD- for a CDR- machine. Make sense? Clear as mud?

Yes, you are right, I MUST back-up those photos to CD. UGH! I've got a TON of Han on the old desktop machine that hasn't been touched in forever. I just hesitate to even look at them, though. It hurts. :sigh:

Bailey's Leaf said...


Can't blame you on not wanting to back up, but on the other hand-- don't want you to lose them either. Bummer either way, eh.

Yes, clear as mud-- sort of. Either way, I'll stick to ye ole disks and entertain getting a flash drive/thumb drive, whatever the heck that little thing is, sometime. And the bummer? I WAS JUST TRYING TO BE RESPONSIBLE!


Rach said...

That's really what stinks the most, huh? That whole trying-to-be-responsible thing and being thwarted. ugh!

Kaycee said...

I learned the DVD-R lesson the hard way too. I lost a whole years worth of photos and cried for days. Luckily I love to give photo discs to friends and family, so I was able to recover most of them.