Ok, maybe a little melodramatic, but check this out. Was having trouble getting my dvd burner to give me reliable backups of my photo files, so rather than back up nearly 50gig on cd after cd, I procrastinated.
I finally decided to bite the bullet and and get the pics organized and backed up. Spent days yanking picture files from every partition on my hard drives, and then going into every folder to delete the duplicates created by ZoomBrowser.
Needed to go buy some CDs, so backing up would have to wait till the weekend.
Fired up the Computer the next morning, to find that some how Windows had lost my Photo partition. Discouraging but, I have needed to recover "accidentally" deleted partitions before. I broke out my linux "System Rescue CD" and ran a little program called "testdisk". Not the most linux savvy person out there so it took me a minute to remember how to recover a partition. YATZEE, rewrote the partition, now back to windows to backup my pictures...
Not, so much.
Windows takes it upon itself to delete 1000's of "Orphan Files". Ever notice how many people sell software to compensate for Windows problems?
Well it is no longer an issue of recovering a deleted partition, I need to undelete files. After some research, and not wanting to buy some overpriced software (that may or may not do the job), I discovered that the same people who gave us "testdisk", also gave us "photorec". This program will recover fies from any file system. The down side is that it doesn't recover the file name, it assigns a new one. It also recovers all files, duplicates and some whatever else it finds that has not been rewritten on. Was origionally created to recover files from memory cards, another bonus.
Still in the middle of redeleting duplicates and deleting recovered files if I have a backup with the origional file name, but I think I managed to get back most of my photos back. Some of my files apparently had become corrupted before the devastation, and I have no way to recover them.
SO, mostly I'm just trying to say Linux saved many irreplaceable photos, But nothing works like...
BACK UP YOUR FILES OFTEN!!