Ouch damien, ----- nasty!

Myself, for backup purposes i use a full external self-powered harddrive which even has a separate power supply, and spends most of it's time in my bottom draw when not actually used to back things up.


I do admit though, if this and my main desktop failed simultaniously, ---- as seemed to happen to you, I'd also be up the creak without a paddle, ---- especially sinse my laptop only has a 32 gb drive so cannot store much at all.

I just hope you can yank stuff back from this.

all the best,

Dark.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Damien Sadler" <dam...@x-sight-interactive.net>
To: <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 2:51 PM
Subject: [Audyssey] X-Sight Interactive News


Hi folks,
After a hectic Christmas holiday, we have cleaned up the website a little, and we are now hopefully on the run again. However, there is a slight hitch. On December 26, 2009, at approximately lunchtime, our main machine became unusable due to a motherboard failure. According to the manufacturer it has also affected the hard drive. Not being insured for any data, the manufacturer have replaced the drive and disposed of the original. Luckily for us, all our data was backed up on an external drive, so at first, this was not a big issue. However, it would be our luck that yesterday, January 7, 2010, again at approximately lunchtime, our 16 month old 500GB Western Digital hard drive in USB caddy became mechanically faulty as well. To add insult to injury, the spare machine we are using had to be reformatted, because Windows kindly decided to save the broken drive's MFT to the internal. In short, plain English, we have lost all our data, which includes over 50GB of sound effects costing over £2500, approximately 5GB of incomplete and released materials, and an absolute handful of software in all categories of distribution and function. I am currently in contact with a data recovery specialist to see what he can do, however I am thinking that chances are slim in retrieving the data, either because of physical damage to the disks, or because of our financial situation. I have kept the website up for convenience purposes, but support for available software will be extremely limited until I can get it rewritten. As a side note, if anybody can give me any tips on backing up data securely and reliably short of buying two dozen hard drives I would be most thankful. *Smile*
Regards,
Damien C. Sadler
Annoyed X-Sight Interactive manager.
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