I think the title of this post says it all, but I will painfully tell you how I may have lost almost all of our photos that we took over the past six months during our once in a lifetime trip around the world. I knew better than to rely on technology and put all of my eggs in one basket. I had read many blogs and articles on photo storage while traveling, but I’m a procrastinator when it comes to things like this and it finally caught up with me. Having the knowledge of what to do and actually using that knowledge are two very different things. I brought two 1TB external hard drives along, extra memory cards and of course had a computer. Not wanting to store everything on the computer because the photos that come out of my camera are such a big file size, I opted to store them on an external hard drive. The problem was that I didn’t copy them onto the other hard drive in case the first one failed or keep them on the memory cards because I didn’t want to have to buy a ton of expensive memory cards along the way as mine filled up. Unfortunately I relied on the first hard drive to do all of the work and kept saying, “I have to copy all of these photos onto the other hard drive”. Well, one day the hard drive I had been using for the past six and a half months decided that it would stop working. This is the point where I felt sick to my stomach and realized that with the exception of the blog, I had quite possibly destroyed any physical memory of our trip and lost photos that we had planned to display on the wall of our home when we returned. Since this catastrophe hit, I have downloaded a data recovery program but with no luck so far, the next step is to find someone to try and recover the data for us. I feel horrible about the mistake that I have made, but there are much worse things that could have happened during a period of six and a half months while traveling around the world. So we must move on and learn from our mistakes and grow as people, after all, that’s what life is all about and what makes us who we are. I just wish I wasn’t a procrastinator.
I hope that you will not make the same mistake that I made and have a backup of your backup of your backup for those cherished moments in your life or important documents stored somewhere in technospace. Many photos of our time in Bali have been lost for now, but we will try and round up a few that we have stored on the computer from our point and shoot camera so that we can share them with you.