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Nov 05, 2017 06:24 |  #1

I had one of those nights where I just couldn't sleep. After a nap of about an hour, I got up and decided to go through my entire LR catalog. I did some re-organizing, some deleting that should have been done on import, and other such house cleaning. That entire process took me about 4 hours. Luckily, the last thing I did was make a backup of my new catalog.

I am so happy with myself, that I decide to delete my primary back-up, and run back-up again with my newly organized and thinned catalog. Well, being bleary-eyed and in dire need of coffee, I just wanted to get the new back-up started. That is when I deleted EVERYTHING!. Photos, catalog, all of it. Just over 14,000 photos, and my LR catalog GONE!

First reaction? What the heck just happened? Then I realized what I'd done. Instead of deleting from disk E: (my backup), I had deleted from disk C:, my primary storage. $#!T. Double $#IT. Ok, ok, no harm done, yet. Everything (143 GB) is still in the recycle bin, and I still have the back-ups from BEFORE I 'fixed' everything.

Problem? I had deleted everything I wanted to KEEP into the same recycle bin where I had just deleted everything I wanted to DELETE. It took me two hours to pick through the recycle bin and restore what I needed. Once positive I'd gotten everything back, I was able to use my new back-up of my new catalog to get everything back in order.

All is well, I think. I did find several of my wife's photos in the recycle bin. Not being sure where they came from, I put them all into one folder for her to look through later.

All-in, I spent about 7 hours on this. The last 3 of them recovering from my mistakes. There are two take-aways from this nightmare.

1.) Don't do major computer work when exhausted.
2.) Keep extensive back-ups!

I have my photos and catalogs backed up on 3 separate hard disks. At worst, I could have put everything back to where I started the evening. I used one backup to put everything back together. I do plan on keeping the other two as is, just in case I missed something.

Don't be me!


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Nov 05, 2017 06:45 |  #2

Be sure to get an off-site backup as well. If you have Amazon prime, you can store unlimited photo file including raw and video.

My Nas developed a problem on one of two hard drives. It took me time to diagnose this, as the Nas wouldn't even let me access it due to a bug they have if a drive goes bad. Fortunately it was set up as raid 1 and the other disk was fine. I ordered a new 2TB drive, and finally was able to get to the admin app to get the raid repaired. I now have a USB drive backup to my Nas as well, and it will go to my office as off-site. I did all of this this week and a couple very late nights. :(


It's scary to think you have lost your images, previous tax file, and other files. :eek:

Frys had a sale on 2tb Seagate external drives for 70, I bought two as rotational backups to my NAS.


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Nov 05, 2017 07:03 |  #3

TeamSpeed wrote in post #18489025 (external link)
Be sure to get an off-site backup as well. If you have Amazon prime, you can store unlimited photo file including raw and video.

My Nas developed a problem on one of two hard drives. It took me time to diagnose this, as the Nas wouldn't even let me access it due to a bug they have if a drive goes bad. Fortunately it was set up as raid 1 and the other disk was fine. I ordered a new 2TB drive, and finally was able to get to the admin app to get the raid repaired. I now have a USB drive backup to my Nas as well, and it will go to my office as off-site. I did all of this this week and a couple very late nights. :(


It's scary to think you have lost your images, previous tax file, and other files. :eek:

Frys had a sale on 2tb Seagate external drives for 70, I bought two as rotational backups to my NAS.

Thanks. I don't have a network storage system, and can't use the internet for backups, too slow. I do have an internal HDD backup, and two externals. I was able to restore everything from the internal backup. When completed, I made ANOTHER backup to the internal with the new info. I'll wait to update my externals until I am sure I have everything restored.

I have such an extensive BU system because I once lost a customer's data back when I did some freelance programming. I sold the company a 12-month 'update' warranty. They bought new hardware, I had no backups and had to re-write the programming (only the print modules) for NOTHING!. That will make you develop a backup system.


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Nov 05, 2017 07:06 |  #4

My NAS died this week. At least I think it did, it's either that or my router's wired ethernet controller bit the dust. The disk is spinning, so there is hope, but it is mostly just a media server so taking the time to mess with it is pretty low on my list.

Anyway, second upvote on off site storage. Further, when I sync the onsite disk to the offsite, I have it save any deleted files so I can review them to see if I have made any major screw ups.

Glad you didn't completely destroy your work. Hope you get to take a nap today.


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Nov 05, 2017 07:27 |  #5

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18489034 (external link)
My NAS died this week. At least I think it did, it's either that or my router's wired ethernet controller bit the dust. The disk is spinning, so there is hope, but it is mostly just a media server so taking the time to mess with it is pretty low on my list.

Anyway, second upvote on off site storage. Further, when I sync the onsite disk to the offsite, I have it save any deleted files so I can review them to see if I have made any major screw ups.

Glad you didn't completely destroy your work. Hope you get to take a nap today.

I'm cooking breakfast for the grandson now. Bacon, sausage, eggs. He loves it (me, too!). I'll get to bed about 10:00. I have to be up at 5:00pm, and at work by 7:00pm. 12-hour night shifts, gotta luv'em!


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Nov 05, 2017 10:20 |  #6

Tom, your subject line scared me. I thought you'd made a bad mistake in your nursing job. Ah, it was only data that was lost!


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Nov 05, 2017 11:27 as a reply to  @ OhLook's post |  #7

Oh crap! That would be MUCH worse. You are right. Only photos!


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