Never fails to surprise me just how many programs I do use for all the different things and how many different passwords you need to remember for all of them!
The good news is I didn’t lose any of my images and I have a LR backup catalog copy from a couple of months ago, the bad news is I lost all my email history for the last 10 years (and beyond). Oh and iTunes libraries for my iPods.
So the moral of the story? BACKUP YOUR BACKUPS!
I had backups then had issues with the drives playing up and had to reformat. At the same time as my NAS was playing up and I only had some data backed up on that.
Oh well, could have been much worse, and all its really cost me is time and been a bit stressful. Not having my email history (and all my contacts) is likely to be a bit annoying but not more serious than that. I have to redownload all my PS textures that have been used in my Photo Challenge images, I lost those as well as my challenge images that I have not yet put into Flickr too.
In one way its good because it means a clean fresh start, all the clutter gone from the hard drive, which means my 5 year old PC might be good for another couple of years before I need to upgrade it.
BTW big shout out to Adobe Chat Support, a lovely lady helped me find my LR5 details and SN so I could install it as I had purchased online and didn’t have the disk with the data handy. Major relief!
Am now pretty much functional and able to carry on as normal, but until I get all my PS textures and stuff back I might be missing from some challenges for a couple of weeks. Now I can go in and view all the Wk 3 One Four Challenge entries and comment 🙂
Thanks to everyone who sent messages of support and commiseration, it was greatly appreciated!
Remember kids, its not IF your hard drive will fail, its WHEN!