well you need 2 to be safe really.
At 06:34 a.m. 8/01/2010, you wrote:
>an external hd is on my "to get" list, right before a surround sspeaker system 
>and an IPhone.
>----- Original Message ----- From: "dark" <d...@xgam.org>
>To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
>Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 5:54 PM
>Subject: Re: [Audyssey] X-Sight Interactive News
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>
>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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