NOTICE My current situation - Hope you understand

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  1. Johnny

    Johnny Gran Turismo Freak and Site Supporter 2013,2015

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    Most of you don't know why i haven't been around lately, so i guess i should explain myself.

    Last month, without any warning, the main HD of my home computer stopped working. Till that happened, the hard drive had no bad blocks, not S.M.A.R.T issues or any sort of other warnings like being slow, noises...

    I've tried everything i could to recover the files, without success. This is already a couple of weeks later, so i went ahead and bought an SSD to, at least, have a working computer again at home. Then, i had to reinstall everything.

    Even though i make backups on a regular basis, i had around 150GB of stuff not yet backed up, between work and personal stuff. Files i planned to back up this month.

    A friend of mine suggested to use the services of a data recovery company he used before. So, i sent the HD to them and the initial analysis suggests a mechanical failure. The price they gave me to try to recover the files is not cheap. I'm still wondering what i'll do, if i'll use a sum of money i wasn't really planning on spending right now. Specially when they can't guarantee they'll recover everything.

    In the meantime, i had to go back and redo a lot of those completed work stuff the best way i can / could. And try not to think of the personal files i lost. You can probably imagine how tired and stressed out i am. It's really not a good experience.

    Since i don't really know how long it will take to put my life back in order, since i probably won't be around as much as i could, and with all the other issues the moderators have been openly saying over the past few weeks, i decided to step down as moderator.

    I have been a member for over 15 years, can't remember how much of these were as a moderator. This place became a second home, i made lots of friends. But at this moment, i won't be helpful or engaged as i used to be.
     
  2. Taijigamer2

    Taijigamer2 Gutsy Member

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    Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Thank you for your candour. Good luck in the future. Hope to see you around.
     
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  3. wheelaa

    wheelaa FM Towns / MD Addict Site Supporter 2010-2015

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    Daaaamn!

    (Hope it all works out well for you. And thanks for the kick up the arse for those of us who never back stuff up!)
     
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  4. retro

    retro Resigned from mod duty 15 March 2018

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    Thanks for everything! It's been great working with you... yes, you were a mod more years than I can remember! Keep in touch.
     
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  5. Zeigren

    Zeigren Spirited Member

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    I'd be willing to try and rescue your data for not a whole lot. Although I kind of live far away so it might not end up being any cheaper for you after shipping.
     
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  6. Gruelius

    Gruelius Member

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    If you are going to a data recovery mob make sure they are specialists and not amateurs. If you don't have backups, you need boffins in white suits in a clean room fixing ur stuff... Good luck.

    Cloud backups are great as they just happen and you dont need to get involved. I still do sneakernet backups but when times get tough you just stop doing it haha. For cloud backups I use S3 + arq.
     
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  7. speedyink

    speedyink Site Supporter 2016

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    Sorry to hear you lost so much data, I know how crappy losing even some important stuff can be..

    Thanks for the time you've put in as a mod, hope things start getting better for you soon.
     
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    MBMM Powered by Pied Piper

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    As others have said, sorry to hear about the hardship. Best of luck getting things back in order. Sad to see yet another great mod step down.
     
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    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks for all the help you've given to the site.

    Take care.
     
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  10. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2049

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    I'm sorry for your data loss, it happened to me a few years ago and I can empathize completely.

    You might want to look into Syncthing, a multiplatform program to do live synchronization and backups, similar to a personal Dropbox. It's very safe and secure and the (encrypted) files never go through a third party server. I've been using it for over a year and it's been a blessing.
     
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  11. Johnny

    Johnny Gran Turismo Freak and Site Supporter 2013,2015

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    Thanks for the kind words. I'll try to show up more often, but there's still a lot of things to do.
     
  12. Johnny

    Johnny Gran Turismo Freak and Site Supporter 2013,2015

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    Posting here just to update you guys: Basicly , the data recovery company wasn't able to recover a single file from the HD. And like Gruelius suggested, yes they are specialists in this area. Clean room, white suits and all that.

    They sent me a report with all the procedures they made and none of them were succesful. Basicly it was a big mechanical failure that ended up damaging the disc itself. Even though i didn't had many hopes, i still can't believe / accept it. Specially because it simply happened out of nowhere. One day it was working fine, the other it wasn't. And to think it was days before i was going to back up everything again...

    At this point i'm just glad i haven't lost my job, but i still can't get over the stress and disappointment. It's like someone punched me on the stomach. Every time i get home and look at my computer, it reminds me of this. Even though i got an SSD and got the computer back working, i kind of been avoiding using it other than for important stuff. Haven't even reinstalled Steam or any gaming related stuff.

    I guess this feeling will eventually go away, but please bear with me if i not show up around like i used to.
     
  13. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2049

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    I'm very sorry for you. I only lost souvenirs in my HDD crash and I was devastated, I can't fathom losing my school/work related data.

    If I may suggest other tools to avoid this in the future, here is what I'm doing right now. Buy a good NAS. A good NAS with automatic backups – either via syncthing with versioning, rsync, or unison – is a godsend. Also get a (few) big external HDD that you backup the NAS on twice a year and store it away from the NAS – e.g. at a relative's. Ideally you can do incremental backups using an rsync script and symbolic links to keep a few older states of the data as well as the new. If you're properly paranoid, buy an extra HDD for the NAS in case a disk dies on you in the future when it's hard to find the proper model. Once a project is done, burn it to a MDisc DVD or a good BD-R, with par2 files.

    Good luck and Godspeed.
     
  14. MBMM

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    Best of luck, sir. I'm also glad you're still employed but that can't get rid of the disappointment and anxiety. Things will slowly get better.
     
  15. Johnny

    Johnny Gran Turismo Freak and Site Supporter 2013,2015

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'm finally close to put my life back in order, so i probably will show up more often.
     
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