A Digital Tragedy
It is with great humility and embarrassment that I share this post. A personal tragedy has befallen the Loizou apartment-house. Three nights ago, my 3 TB hard drive crashed, carrying with it countless photo and video content. Actually, thanks to a beautiful info graphic that Christine’s cousin Kathleen Edison designed, we know exactly how much was lost. As of our wedding day, the volume included over 39,080 photos, 1,453 video clips and plenty more since April. More than most have in a lifetime.
The signs were there. A recall notice from Apple last month. Sluggish OS performance in the last two weeks. I ordered and received a robust RAID solution, but returned the 8 TB unit for something bigger (surely, 8 TB wouldn't be enough!). My iMac crashed a few days later.
Being one of Apple’s “fusion” drives, very little is known about the part-solid-state, part-hard-disk concoction. Apple’s Geniuses, reputable data recovery specialists and the Internet at large has little familiarity, comfort or documentation about the secret-software-sauce that keeps a fusion drive fused together.
Unsure whether to give up altogether or cling to a shred of hope, I’m now shipping the drive to a clean lab environment in California. When their technicians are done recovering Hilary Clinton’s deleted emails, I just hope they have enough magic left over to recover at least some of my memories from the last… forever years. And if not, at least I can say that I tried everything short of time-travel.
And I’m just as uncomfortable writing these pity-posts as you are reading them. Let’s focus on the silver linings. This website contains a respectable amount of personal content, most of which is hosted on Vimeo. I just created a SmugMug account to post and share all of my hi-resolution photos (the page currently holds a dozen galleries that survived the 2015 Crash). And if we’re friends on Facebook, there’s a lot of stuff on there, too!
This is a painful and now expensive lesson, and I’ll keep everyone updated. Soon, I’ll post a new blog titled “Memories Definitely Dead in Terrible Crash” or “Zombie Memories Brought Back To Life!.”
Special thanks to IT-wizard and night owl Rob Farmer for his always reliable 24/7 chat support (and friendship, etc.).