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Posted on 2012.11.30 at 17:10
Current Mood: heartbroken
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So, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I had the perfect storm of bad computer luck. The long and short of it is this: my hard drives on my main computer were completely fried. Toasted to a crisp. 

All my work, everything, for the last seven years was on those drives. It got hosed in less than a second. 

We sent the drives off to a data recovery center, in the hope that they might be able to recover my files. At last estimate, they said it could be January before they know if they can get anything off of them, and I'm looking at over $2000 to get back what I can, and even then the files may be totally corrupted. I don't *have* $2000 to spend on this. 

There are moments that are just soul crushing. 

I'm having that moment right now.

On the bright side, if there is one at all: I do most of my writing using Google Docs. That means that DUST (including all of the chapters I haven't posted yet) is safe. So are my backups of "West of the Moon", my unfinished epic Labyrinth Fic "Unlikely Ways", several short fics that weren't finished yet, and one long unfinished original novel.

However: remember how a few months ago I had yanked some of my unfinished Labyrinth fics down off FF.net because I was peeved at an overly entitled fan? Yeah. The only backup copies I had of "Dangers Untold" and "Shove's Tale" were on that fried hard drive. 

In the grand scheme of things, they aren't that important. I lost WAY more important stuff than those two fics. But I'm hoping that maybe, just ... maybe, one of you lovely readers out there downloaded those fics to read later and have copies of them somewhere. I don't know if I'm ever going to get around to finishing them, but right now, even if I wanted to, I don't even have the ghost of them to work from. 

So, if you're one of my Labyrinth readers, and you have copies of either "Dangers Untold" or "Shove's Tale", or if you know of someone who might... let me know? Please? 


wickedgillie at 2012-11-30 22:31 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could help, and I certainly empathize; our collocation center for our business servers suffered a catastrophic event last year that nearly put us out of business, since both the main server and the backup were lost. I am thankful someone there with business ethics did the data recovery at their cost because the "event" (which they still never explained to us) was their bad and took us offline for 2 weeks.

Good luck getting your data back, and hopefully someone will cough up some backups of your unarchived fics for you!
alwaysjbj at 2012-11-30 22:36 (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear that...have had it happen to me more times than I care to think about...I now try to remember to back my photos up to Photobucket regularly because they are always the thing I'm most upset about losing.

I hope they are able to recover your files for you.
wizzcat01 at 2012-11-30 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
How much???

I wish I could help, someone must have them somewhere. Hope you manage to sort it all out - good luck.
ginar369 at 2012-11-30 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
That sucks. Can I just say I'm glad Dust wasn't lost. I actually save my stuff on a storage site and after hearing what happened to you am I ever glad I do. I certainly wouldn't have 2 grand to get it all back with. I hope they can recover all your info.
teragramm at 2012-11-30 23:55 (UTC) (Link)
What a shame. I hope someone has a copy of your fics. Good luck
slaymesoftly at 2012-12-01 00:54 (UTC) (Link)
OMG, sweetie! I can't even.... *runs off to back up everything* How awful for you. I'm so glad you will have access to at least some things, (and not just selfishly because I want to read more DUST), but can't imagine how crushing it would be to lose all those years worth of work. I hope someone has what you need and/or that you get your files back somehow. *hugs*
rahirah at 2012-12-01 01:41 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that sucks. I hope someone can dig up a copy for you.
Danse Macabre
dmacabre at 2012-12-01 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
Arrghh, I'm so sorry! :( Feel free to post this to labyfic if you think it would help.
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2012-12-01 06:06 (UTC) (Link)
That's a good idea. Thank you.
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Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2012-12-01 06:05 (UTC) (Link)
They're legit fried.

My husband, who has been working in IT now for nearly twenty years was in the process of upgrading my computer. He'd removed the hard drives from the old tower and put them into a new tower. In the process, there was a teeny, tiny wire that was laying across one of the drive slots, in a spot where it a.) shouldn't have been, and b.) was really hard to see. When he slotted the drive into place, it cut the wire. He didn't realize it, at first, and the rest of the install went fine. But when he powered on the computer, it shorted and fried the drives. It was a complete freak accident, and not something that could have really been foreseen or prevented easily.

He, of course, immediately removed the drives and tested them in a USB drive reader like you described. They completely failed to register as being drives at all. One of them, the oldest of my two backup drives, apparently still contains some data that he was able to get to. The other backup drive was wiped completely. The main drive, that had all my files on it was fried. We sent it off to the data recovery center.

According to the phone call he had with them today, in the last week they've only been able to recover 3% of the data from the drive. They won't charge us for the recovery unless they can get 90% of the data back for us, but that could take weeks because the drive is so completely borked. Hence the man hours, hence the insanely steep price. On top of that, there's little guarantee that what they DO manage to recover won't be totally corrupted.

I've been kind of numb for the last couple of weeks. We went out of town for Thanskgiving and I'd had plans to do all kinds of writing while I was gone. But I'm now scrambling to try to recreate all my work files and to catch up with where I should be. I'm still kind of numb, but the reality of it has started to set in. Some of my older files I should be able to still get from the oldest backup drive. But there was a lot that wasn't backed up and is completely irreplaceable.

Still, it was an accident, and I can't be mad at my husband for it because honestly, unless he had x-ray vision there's no way he could have prevented it. And it's MY fault I didn't have better backups.

So... there we go.
caromiofic at 2012-12-03 11:16 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, they take hard drives into a clean room and take them apart and work on the platters, extract everything bit by bit, and try to reassemble it. It all depends on how good this particular service is and how damaged the platters are.
queridalaurinha at 2012-12-01 15:02 (UTC) (Link)
I posted a message to the harem. Maybe someone there will have a copy.
cordykitten at 2012-12-01 22:57 (UTC) (Link)
I've lost things before so I know how much that sucks. Sadly I can't help with the Labyrinth fics.
abelina at 2012-12-02 00:14 (UTC) (Link)
I don't have any copies of anything, but I a) hope somebody does, b) hope you can recover your files, and c) suggest very strongly you get a couple of back-up external hard drives if you don't already have them.

I can't even imagine losing everything like that. All my photos!
jacquieburbank at 2012-12-02 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, I don't have any copies of your Labyrinth fics,but I just wanted to say that I'm SO INCREDIBLY SORRY. Losing writing is just the most painful thing for a writer. Maybe, if you put the word out there that you need file recovery, a techie fan in your area will try to help you recover your files for free? I know I would if I had the skill; you've given us all hours of enjoyment with your writing.
ledderlegs at 2012-12-31 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
A little late, and might not help, but you could try freezing the harddrive. I know it sounds daft, but it does works sometimes as a desperate measure to recover information from the disc. You'd have as long as the ice lasts! (And I nearly forgot - wrap it inside a plasticbag so no water can get in)
ledderlegs at 2012-12-31 01:34 (UTC) (Link)
Arrgh, ignore me: I hadn't read through the comments completly. Good lord, but that is bad luck! Hope things go better for you in the New Year
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