By photogirl - 30/08/2010 18:42 - United States
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128 Everyone makes mistakes. But most of us that make mistakes don't have our careers riding on those mistakes. She should have taken it to a proper professional technician. If that were me, I wouldn't have even trusted myself to fix the damn thing. he's exactly right. she is unprofessional and deserves whatever she gets. Don't give me that "but everyone makes mistakes!" garbage. It's a cop out.
OP, you!'re an idiot. You obviously knew how "smart" your husband is with computers, and you still let him "fix" your external hard drive? And to everyonr going "make a backup, stupid OP", an external hard drive is usually the backup. The files should be on a computer's internal hard drive. If they aren't, OP is an even bigger idiot.
So? An external hard drive is not backup. Having data in two places means you have a backup. Don't tell me that's difficult to understand. I don't blame anyone for messing up with their own private data because they are too lazy to make backups. We all make mistakes, it happens. However for a professional photographer, knowing some basics about backups and putting in the effort to make sure the data is safe - that's an essential part of the job.
Agreed with SOMA. Even if OP just lost edits and has originals, there are too many easy ways to prevent this to not say YDI. You ought to have at least one hard copy (DVDs, memory disks, etc.), one web-stored copy, and whatever you need on your hard drive. That's just basic common sense, particularly when dealing with brides and weddings. On a personal note, S especially DI if she offers those black and whites in her packages-- the ones with a single object, like a bouquet, in color. Those need to go the way of that early 90's laser backdrop. You know, the one with the weird pastel-yet-somehow-neon pink and blue colors. Ugh!
Go to google and search for "Hard drive data recovery" and you'll see some sites that can help you out. All formatting does is remove the "pointers" to where the files are, not the files themselves. All your data is still there, you just need to get the "pointers" back. As long as your husband didn't do a zerofill or smash the hard drive against something you'll be ok. :)