Deleting Files is Fun…Until it Isn’t
I feel like such a moron. Last night, I was switching around some drives and old files, as I recently bought myself a new computer so I could do more work from home. In doing so, I was trying to transfer several GB of data from my old MacBook Pro to an external hard drive for my PC and deleting files that I no longer needed. Seems simple enough, right? Well it was, except the PC and Mac sides weren’t communicating well, so I was trying different methods – Dropbox and Filezilla mainly. Since they were large files, I was zipping them up and moving them via those two conduits and at one point, there was a hiccup that caused Dropbox to not quite function well (it transferred part of the data, but not all of it). So I deleted the new versions, figuring I’d start again in the morning. Except there’s one problem. I never copied the items over to my MacBook before reformatting the external hard drive to function with my PC.
What did I lose? Years. The main loss was the entire archive of Bloodhound Gang photos from our old website, which I built and maintained lovingly for all those years. A lot of the photos were crap, but it was an incredible archive nonetheless. I am such an idiot.
I didn’t lose everything exactly, but damn near close to it. Thousands and thousands of photos gone in an instant. *Sigh* The good news is that I did save some of my favorites to Facebook awhile back and there’s a few stragglers here and there, but overall, I lost the time and effort I put into curating the collection that fans saw for years on our site. Grrrrr.
There is a glimmer of hope though. Although I’ll never recover some of the candid moments added to the photolog by the other band memebers, buried deep within my closet are three green plastic tubs full of memorabilia. And yes, tons and tons of actual photographs (remember when we printed them?). Now all I have to do is find the time to digitize them all before they turn to dust. Anyone looking for an internship?
image courtesy of Mike Towber