It has NOT been a good weekend!Shirley's

>> Monday, October 12, 2009

How was your weekend? Mine was AWFUL! It all stemmed from 1 event. Well, 2 actually. While trying to edit the Color With Me video, i was desperately running out of space on my computer. I only realizedthe space was an issue after about 5 hours of frustration editting. SO there was problem 1. So i moved every extra file i had over to my backup hard drive until we got the space issue resolved. I never delete any programs or files on my computer that i KNOW i didnt put there myself. So all of my pictures (like every single one since Jack was born 3.5 years ago!) was moved over, every music file, every single digi stamp file, every PMS file, every video, etc. Space issue for editting fixed. Then my hubby helped get rid of the files i didnt need on my computer (turned out i had a backup of all my programs on my computer, probably from the info transfer when i got this computer) so that made almost 10 GB of space. Thats a LOT of space. Phew. So now i got to move all my beloved pictures and other things back. But uh oh... wait a minute... the back up drive is UNREADABLE?!?!? It has decided to corrupt itself and i cant get to anything inside of it! Now there are things that are frustrating as all get out to lose, those digi stamps that i bought that there is no way i'll even remember them all to go back to the order page, those music files, the package inserts for the stamps, thats all crazy annoying. But what kills me are all those family memories... just POOF! I have some pictures printed, but not many. I have some uploaded to places like facebook, myspace, but just a handful. There are thousands of pictures. There is probably a hundred videos, baby's first steps first words, first tastes of food, just poof. gone. It makes me want to vomit. And my whole weekend has just been a wreck because of it. Yes there are data recovery specialists. I've spoken with one. The cost starts at $700 and tops at $2700. Of course i do have the option of having them recover jpg files only and it will top off at $950, but that means all those videos are gone. I'm telling you, it just makes me sick.

SO, first i'm sending the hard drive off to my dad who is pretty good with these sorts of things. I'm praying he's able to resolve the issue when he takes it apart. Until then, i just pray that is all works out. :(

Ok, here's a quick card because I know most of you dont care about personal things on blogs, but i had to let that out.

This card uses a Shirley's 2 Girls stamp. Copic Colors used on the pooch are E30, E33, E35.
Sorry for the shortness in the description, it's about all the energy i have.

Hope everyone else is having a better monday than me!


jan farnworth Monday, October 12, 2009  

hugs to you katie i know how upset i am everytime my computer acks up. i pray it all gets better.

Christi Snow Monday, October 12, 2009  

Oh, Katie! I am so sorry! (((((hugs))))) I hope that your dad has some success recovering...

Jenn J Monday, October 12, 2009  

UGH!! I hope you can get your files and pics back!! That's terrible to lose all that. If you absolutely can't, then let us all know and we'll find every Katie & family pic we can to send your way. Hugs!!

Milissa Monday, October 12, 2009  

Hi Katie ... usually I just love to look at your work and I lurk ... LOL ... but I wanted to tell you that the same EXACT thing happened to me .... and I had a computer person tell me that as long as you didn't do a "defrag" after you moved all of the files, they should be able to find everything on your hardrive. So don't panic yet. I unfortunately did the entire system clean including the "defrag" so I lost everything ... talk about cry my eyes out ... it happened on my business computer so I not only lost photos ... yeah I lost all my business stuff ... but I'm ok now ... LOL ... keep us posted.

Michelle Monday, October 12, 2009  

Oh Katie! I'm so sorry about the family photos. I hope your dad finds a way to retrieve your information.

Maria Gurnsey Monday, October 12, 2009  

Oh, the thought of that makes me sick too. I have about a years worth on my computer that I suddenlt feel the need to have printed. I hope you get it fixed...cheaply!!!!

Tracey Monday, October 12, 2009  

As I started reading this post I suspected where it was going. I am so sorry Katie!! I know what you are going through. I almost had this happen to me and for a good portion of a weekend I had the heavy sadness and frustration in my heart when we thought everything was lost. I am so thankful that my hubby was able to recover everything!! I hope that is the case with you as well!! Hugs to you!

Shaela Monday, October 12, 2009  

I hope it all works out Katie, and that you get all those precious files recovered. Hoping and praying for you!

Dawn Mercedes Monday, October 12, 2009  

Ooh Katie, dear! That is terrible!! Another reason I am glad I don't take many pix. That way, I can't lose many either! I am sure that you will have so many enjoyable memories to capture in the years to come!

LeAnne Tuesday, October 13, 2009  

I have been there and it is so hard to even fathom loosing all those memories. I will keep you in my prayers that your dad can work some magic.{{{Hugs}}}

FibreJunky Tuesday, October 13, 2009  

BIG hugs!!!!!
I hope your dad can recover the files.

David Tuesday, October 13, 2009  


I noticed your comment about losing files etc... maybe this might (and it just might) help....

First, from reading your description it's not entirely clear if the files are in an actual backup file that's got corrupted or if the drive itself effectively forms your backup and the files are just saved as normal.

If it is a backup file type - which ends in .bkf - then there is software to repair corrupt backup files that will allow you to access the corrupt file and retrieve many/most/all of the files within it. Best of all is that there is a free demo version which provides a thumbnail preview of the files it finds so you can make certain of likely succesful recovery before parting with $$.

Alternatively, there is file recovery software that specifically lets you recover deleted photos and movies, or get back deleted files of any type.

Again, you download a free demo onto your PC and scan the other drive. It'll show you all the files it finds as thumbnail previews again so you can see if the software is effective or not.

I have a couple of sites that recommend such software products where you can get more information and get the free downloads.

The links are in the text above, or here:

If they work, then you're looking at between $40 and $150 depending which is the right solution for you.

They might be worth a look by your dad....

Hope it helps.... good luck.

Anita Hovey Tuesday, October 13, 2009  

Oh Katie...I saw this on FB...I hope you get things back! My techie tells me that it might be as simple as hooking it up to a different computer...and if not, perhaps plugging in the memory card from the box to another box... then he proceeds to tell me that's why he puts everything on cD...ummmmmmm he's the one that convinced me to spend the $150 on a hard drive 2 months ago LOL

Shesjetlagd Sunday, October 18, 2009  

Oh Katie, I'm soooo sorry!! I can' imagine how much you just wanted to pitch the hard drive out the window at that point! Big hugs to you and I sure hope that you are able to recover all of your precious pictures!!!

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