my PC hard disk crashed.
whole system wouldn't start up anymore.
500 GB of data, mainly pictures, movies, music files of my band have not been accessible since sunday.
i have no virus, i didn't install anything, i didn't even DO anything with the machine - it just gave me the blue screen finger.
with a disk rescue program, i was finally able to access the files, but they have to be recovered bit by bit, sector by sector. i'm right now spending hours in front of the screen trying to sort out what makes sense to be saved, what can be left behind.
i found out that on my whole hard drive there are about 500'000 files. most of which are some temp or system files, drivers, programs, dll data, you name it, i have it.
so the big issue is to find those which are really meaningful to me and justify the effort to save them.
which brings me to problem i want you all to warn about, and it's not the obvious: make backups of your stuff, always keep a safety copy, bladibladibla. if you haven't learned THAT lesson yet, you probably work with computers at all.
no, what i mean is this: people, we are DROWNING IN DATA! since we have digital photography, we keep clicking and clicking and storing and storing… and we end up with a billion pictures piled up, a wide ocean of files and data and lots of rubbish floating in it. in fact, our computers are stuffed with material that most of us don't have any control over anymore. and we usually ignore this problem, since somehow we forget about all the layers of old memory stuff we have left behind, piling up new stuff every moment of our lifes. who cares?
the available disk space gets cheaper and cheaper, bigger and bigger, faster and faster. 10 years ago, i was happy to have a 2 giga byte hard drive (equivalent to saving the encyclopedia britannica about 40 times, if you only save the text) and thought i'd never fill it… now i'm having available in total about 1.2 tera byte. i have been told this is under average for a swiss standard computer owner.
only when the card house crashes, we suddenly realize how much there is… and how unsuitable the tools we have for sifting, sorting, categorizing, structuring, updating, maintaining the relevance of all this data. because all of this needs planning, needs adapting, needs time to manage.
the main problem is the imbalance between the strenuous effort it is to sort, choose, structure our stuff and the cheap'n'easy way to produce, copy, download, save all this data we have with our billions of pictures taken.
we're clicking away, and we don't spend a moment anymore to delete the excess, the stuff that is just “almost good” and ended not even being developed in former days, when it still was expensive to make every print of the film (although, the problem started there already, but at least this was physical media which could get lost/rot/could be thrown away… and since films cost money, we didn't click so many times in the first place).
i don't know.
maybe photoblog helps. if my hard disk's data doesn't come up anymore, all my stored photos are lost - except of those that i've published here. that's not necessarily the ones i consider being my best pics (i've published a lot of stuff just to illustrate the topic), but it's all that would be left.
not natural, but at least SOME principle of selection…
anyway, i'm off to rescue my data again - ttyl.
p.s. these three pictures were still on the memory chip of my camera. that's why i put them up here as a “memento mori” for what happened - maybe finally - to my photographic past.
hoping for a blue sky
my PC hard disk crashed.