I have 3 words for y’all, ready? Back. It. Up. And I’m not referring to dance moves, or rewinding a video tape (do they still have those?). No, I’m talking about photo storage. Let me “back it up” (PUN INTENDED) and start this story a while back, when I began following my good friend Jennifer’s blog, Baby Making Machine. She blogs about many things, and is quite spectacular. But I love her for the many, MANY tips on making and preserving memories with your family.
How I Basically Threw $1,700 In The Street
It didn’t take long after starting to follow Jennifer, that I realized I was totally unequipped in the photo storage department. It never used to matter too much because I would just empty photos onto a CD and throw them into a drawer to do… probably absolutely nothing with. But now, I’m learning to really utilize my camera and take good photos. Not to mention, I have a kid now… so those pictures mean a lot more. AND I have a blog, so I really need pretty easy access to all those photos on a very regular basis. So, I was a good girl, listened to Jennifer, and bought myself an external hard drive. I began using it to back up my computer and move photos over when I started to run out of room on my Mac. <big sigh of relief> Photos are safe. All is well.
NOPE. All was not well.
You see, somewhere along the line, I thought “Gee, wouldn’t it be easier to just save everything straight onto the external hard drive, rather than having to move everything over when it gets full?” The answer is yes, yes that is easier. But what I failed to realize, was that I unwittingly turned my back up into… well not the back up. So now it wasn’t being backed up anymore. Whoops.
One very recent evening, (can’t remember which because I’ve been in a hysterical haze since the “incident”) I was sitting in my bed, writing well into the night. So you know, my bum was getting sore because let’s face it… I’d been sitting for quite a while. So I made the life altering decision to shift positions. And that little box full of every single picture I’ve ever taken of my son… FELL off my bed. My
back up hard drive crashed. Frantically, I plugged it back in and crossed all my fingers and toes hoping everything was fine. It wasn’t. It wouldn’t register at all on my computer.
All the lessons Jennifer taught came flooding back to me, and I suddenly realized that I had started using that as a hard drive and not a back up… and I never went and bought NEW back up!! How can I be so silly??? Tears y’all. So. Many. Tears.
Anyway, I called my IT guy and he recommended a data recovery company in San Antonio that he liked and recommended I send it in for a diagnostic to see what they think. I had to fill out a form, mail it in, and wait for a an email. The email would either say, “Yes we think we can fix it, and all we want is your first born child.” Or “No, we can’t fix it and now all the memories of your first born child are gone forever.” ……Do either of those sound like happy emails to you?? More tears.
As I was talking to my friend at work, I just kept saying… “I know its going to be expensive, but what am I supposed to do?? Just let those photos disappear forever? I mean, you can’t put a price on ALL the photos from the first 3 years of your child’s life!”
Then my cell phone buzzed with an email, and it turns out you CAN put a price on all those photos. It’s $1,700.
So listen up friends. Please learn from my mistake. Don’t do what I did. BACK IT UP people. Because it will happen to you, just when you least expect it! I had to get myself a whole new external hard drive too, since I killed mine. The (affiliate link: –>) Western Digital My Passport Ultra. With 3 terabytes, I have way more space than I’ll ever need and my favorite part? It can back up automatically to the cloud, so technically you’re getting 2 backups in 1. Pretty awesome.
I wish I didn’t have to learn this costly lesson the hard way… Don’t make the same mistake I did. If you’re not already backing up your photos in at LEAST 1 extra place. Jump on it. Jennifer has amazing tips to back up your photo storage, so if you need ideas – she’s your girl.
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PS: I’m in Chicago this week for Younique Convention! Having a great time, but I just have one question. Where have THESE been all my life? I hate public restrooms… and I know we all do. But I have never seen these anywhere in my life. Have you??