Photos are Gone Computer Crash

Photos are Gone Computer Crash
I have 20,000 photos on my laptop computer. (A guess)

I was asked by Hewlett Packard support here in Bangkok, Thailand,
- Is there anything of value on the hard drive? -
Ye, 80 gigs of information.
A friend of mine had his laptop stolen in Cebu, Philippines, he said,
- My world was on it. -
A man in Niger told me,
- All the data of our foundation is on this laptop. -

Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, November 9, 2007
Andy of ---

I asked the manager, if you need to replace the hard drive, could you give it to me it, so we can try to recover the lost data? She said something to the extent of we need to keep it so we can show the company we replace it.

- I HAVE ALL MY PHOTOS - (Relax Mom)

My hard drive did not crash, but I had to think, I went through the emotional turmoil. My main board was bad, thank the good Gods. However, I thought,
- What is on this hard drive that is not backed up somewhere else? -

My first thought,
The movie taken of panning for Tin in Ranong, then, I thought, not all my movies are backed up, then, what about all the large one Meg photos… (I sold some photos, the photos are worth more than the computer…)

Hmm, I am in a pinch, I have no simple way to back up 10-50 one meg photos per. I need to buy a portable hard drive now because the camera demands I have two. But a band aid, not a solution. I have a hard drive in storage here in Bangkok and the USA, when I pass through Bangkok, or the USA, I back up my computer.

I saw a girl go nuts in Siem Reap, Cambodia when she learn the CD ROM with all her photos were destroyed.

Information is sometime more valuable than the computer. Information is the most valuable commodity on the planet. I have 90 percent of my information backed up, and 100 percent about every six months, but not good enough.

A person can buy an extra hard drive to carry, and then when they rob you, the thief has two.

Putting 80 gigs of information on the internet in Africa is a major nightmare scenario, possible here in Bangkok. Real time, not feasible, but there is hope, or I suspect many a person will be crying over a lost photos.

I know of no good way to backup 20 gigs of travel photos that is 100 percent safe. I know of many expensive and very time consuming methods. The best solution I have today is to leave a 80-100 gig hard drive in various locations on the planet.

Photos are Gone Computer Crash


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Just wanted to say that I feel your pain, right when I read your post. Similar thing happened to me just a month ago. A first in my 15+ years I deal with Computers.

Thankfully most of the things were backed up, but had to change all the passwords for the couple of dozen websites, portals, services I use. Quite a royal pain.

Up to date, there is no real solution for the problem with the growing amount of data (pictures, documents, etc.), especially for long-term travelers. :-(

In the link of my name is my trouble report, if someone is interested in more details.

Cheers from Bali,

Life is what you make it!

I have an 80GB 2.5" portable hard drive that I carry around quite a lot. This is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, and only needs one lead, as it draws power from USB (which is generally good, except when you're using your laptop battery for power, then it's bad).

One of these won't weigh you down if you keep it with you most of the time. but it could break/ get sand inside etc. etc.

i suspect that this will all cease to be an issue within the next 5 years. Already you can buy 1 and 2 GB 'micro SD' memory cards, that are the size of my thumb nail. I have a 1GB one in my mobile phone. When these start to become 8, 16, 32 GB in size, it will be easy to carry around 10 of these in your wallet/ pocket.

I was thinking, what I need is a mirror drive, more or less what the hosting companies say they do, I am not sure they actually do it, however, they say there is some real time mirror or contiuously copy to computer. Shrink the hard drives some more, and put two in the computer. NOt a partition.

I think they could fairly easily put 2 hard disks into laptops now... they make hard disks small enough to have 60GB Ipods... those are much smaller than 2.5"ers why can't they put 2 of those in?

I think you should purchase a laptop with a DVD recorder inside. Or at least buy a thin external DVD-recorder. If you have a dell laptop, you can swap out the current cdrom/dvdrom drive for a writable one.

You can also buy blank dvds almost anywhere and then send them home via the postal service.

Blank dvds can carry about 4.5 gigabytes each. It takes about 15-20 minutes to burn a dvd.

There are affordable 4 gigabyte SD cards now which you can use to store data as well.

hope this helps.

I have a laptop with a DVD recorder, and I have learn the hard way this is NOT an Option. There are so many reasons this does not work, not even worth mentioning. A hard drive is much more stable, a flash chip is the best.

If I had two hard drives in my laptop, I could easily get a script made that could synch the two. We do this between Host on the internet already thousands of miles away from each other.

I just have not seen a laptop with two hard drives. I will start looking.

if you can't get ahold of one, you could probably modify/ invent it.


I do not understand Mozy yet... to upload 40 gigs or 80 I need to so an auto resume and connect, more or less like the file sharing programs.

I found this program to DOWNLOAD so I now am able to download huge amounts of data.

What happens for a person changing connections, internet cafe, etc is they connection is abrubtly stopped. I never have a connection more than about 1-3 hours. It needs to be working while I do more or less urgent things. It has to find a connection and start. I cannnot set up more or less.

Like an automatic file sharing thing. I used E-mule, this worked great in a way, but a one-way system. This flashget does it down, I need the reverse to go up.

I do not believe possible to upload 80 gigs in less than one months time of random connections. If a person does it fast, they are not a traveler, they are liviing in the city.

Download Slow

I am going to download the trial of Mozy.

Rusume, start up times and how it runs is the issue.


Mozy is a ZERO go, needs, and demands I have a broadband connection.

IF I had a broadband connection all the time, I could just FTP TO my servers. I have a dedicated host I pay tons of money for.

Auto-start up, resume, any folder picked, this is what is needed. Detect a connection and starts, then super slow and fixed breaks.

Flashget in reverse

How do i re-load my itunes purchases onto my computer after a computer crash?


Here's some links:

iTunes Store: Finding missing purchases and downloads

iTunes Store: Purchased songs, videos, iPod Games, and albums can be downloaded only once

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