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Sad Tale

Post by Andre » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:41 am

I unfortunately have a sad experience to share with you, perhaps some lessons may be learned from my families unfortunate experience. My daughter escorted me to a hospital where I was to undergo surgery.
I thought I would use the down time to edit some images on my astro laptop ,due to lack of a secure storage facilities for the lappie I requested her to take it to work with her and home afterwards.
After work when she got into her car (in a secure parking lot)she was attacked by three men and robbed of the laptop,fortunately (and for which we are eternally grateful) she physically came away unhurt from the incident.
The laptop contained every one of my astro images I had taken since I started with astrophotography,as luck would have it the external drive I used to back up my images was in the laptop bag. The only images I have left is from my M45 effort and one tif file from the eagle nebula (unprocessed).
I lost 11 images at various stages of processing consisted of 12 - 20 hours of lights each plus darks and flats. These images are from middle 2014 up until last month, so what is left now is a few web quality images previously posted on Flickr and a few Astro forums.
Believe me when I say that one takes it for granted that our data is safe when stored on two different devices, this is simply not true, I now believe that you should replicate your data on at least three different medium formats and obviously not to be stored at the same premises. I think I might invest a few Rand on CLOUD storage space for Fts images etc.
Last tip for the day, read your insurance policy very carefully as items such as laptops & external drives need to be specified as I found out when the insurance company rejected my replacement claim.
When mobile again I shall start imaging from scratch and hopefully be wiser for the lessons learned.

Cheers Andre
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Re: Sad Tale

Post by MikeM » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:56 am

Hi Andre, sorry to hear about losing your data. But more importantly I'm very glad that your daughter is safe. When all is said and done that is the most important part! Granted you will have to start from scratch again, but nothing wrong with that. Equipment and images can always be replaced. Maybe this time around add a cloud storage as the third backup.
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Re: Sad Tale

Post by Andre » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:46 am

MikeM wrote:Hi Andre, sorry to hear about losing your data. But more importantly I'm very glad that your daughter is safe. When all is said and done that is the most important part! Granted you will have to start from scratch again, but nothing wrong with that. Equipment and images can always be replaced. Maybe this time around add a cloud storage as the third backup.
Absolutely her safety is all that matters,this has shaken us as a family and we find it difficult to understand how someone could have so little respect for another person especially a young lady.

I have opened a Hubic account that provides (Free) 25 Gig plus an additional 25 Gig with one referral to store my unedited images on.

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Re: Sad Tale

Post by DkN » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:18 am

I started filling up my laptop harddrive last year and would dump these subs to my desktop and you can fill a drive quickly with all the subs, calibration files and working files. I invested in a WD My Cloud NAS home storage drive, I put it on my local network via gigabit ether bit it is accessible via WiFi also. It's two 3TB WD Red drives in Raid so only 3TB available but 100% redundant with hot swap capability. After a nights run I copy it to the NAS and I can delete the laptop data if it starts to fill up. Plus when I process I save everything on the NAS and it makes having several copies unnecessary.

Good thread. Would like to hear others solutions to this.
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Re: Sad Tale

Post by Doug » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:12 am

Glad every one is ok. I don't understand why someone would want a laptop that bad. That's besides the point. I found a great online backup solution called "Backblaze.com". For $50 a year it will automatically backup EVERYTHING On your computer INCLUDING USB DRIVES! No data limit.

Here's my routine:
1) Laptop out in the field, capture data.
2) Transfer Laptop Data to Desktop with EXTERNAL USB drives.
3) Backblaze backup to the cloud.
4) Also, I take complete backups using Veeam Endpoint. https://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; This program will backup the ENTIRE hard drive and contents so if you lost your hard drive, it would restore to original...including your programs. Now if you got yours stolen, then unless you got the same exact Laptop, it may have a problem, but, not sure.

I truly don't know why I keep so much data, but, to get one 256kb image, I need to gather over 3GB of data! That's insane, but, you know its true!
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