My Recovery from a Hard Disk Drive Crash

The hard disk drive on my computer crashed yesterday. I should have known it was coming. I had been fighting a full hard disk for the past couple months, deleting enough files each time I received an error message to continue on. I also knew I would be upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 in a few weeks, and I thought I could just get by.

Yesterday morning my computer refused to boot-up. Nothing I could do or say would get past the blue screen of death. Even our IT department was unable to initially access my files. Fortunately, they had access to a number of tools which they were able to use last night to recover my files. The two tools they used were Microsoft CHKDSK and SpinRite. I will certainly keep SpinRite in mind if I have future hard disk drive problems, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I had all of my photos and most of my other files backed-up. The problem was that I had not backed-up the files I had been working on over the past couple of weeks, including a talk I am presenting next week. The lesson that I learned is to make sure that current files are backed-up, as well. After all, these are probably the files I need most. I am also planning to deal with a full hard disk immediately, rather than taking the band-aid approach that I used this time.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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2 Responses to My Recovery from a Hard Disk Drive Crash

  1.! I recommend it to all my customers!

  2. Jack says:

    We’ve tried Carbonite but prefer Gillware’s Online Backup. We recommend it to all of our clients. They even set us up on a referral program.

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