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12-10-2011, 06:21 PM
My monthly fight with the virus has come up and... I didn't win this one, I had to do a full system restore, I managed to save a few files that I couldn't get rid of like my current comission and the challenge but all my horded textures... Things from Dundjinni... And many many PSD files of old projects. RIP old computer.

The basic jist of this is that all old projects are void now by me.

12-10-2011, 08:39 PM
Very sorry to hear that.

AVG antivirus is free and works well for me (1 trojan got through in 5 years).

12-10-2011, 09:54 PM
You poor soul.

If your bandwidth can stand it, consider using Dropbox to store the most important 2 GB of files on your hardrive. (it's free). Your folders will automatically sync to the dropbox account so if the worst happens you can pull the info back down from Dropbox when you need it. handy if you're travelling too.

12-10-2011, 11:20 PM
Ill take that suggestion next time I.. Am forced to do this again.

12-10-2011, 11:34 PM
I feel the hurt EE and my stomach sinks just to recall loosing some of my important files a couple months ago. I do now use Dropbox as well as a 16GB thumb drive to back up my major and current WIP project files.

Still, it just sucks to loose your hard work and I too am sorry for you loss.

12-11-2011, 02:15 AM
That is heartbreaking! And it reminds me that I need to do a backup pretty soon lest I have a similar disaster.

I keep all of my data on a different physical drive from my operating system and programs, so if a virus or crash takes out the computer, there's a fairly good chance that I can recover my files. And I never use the default My Documents location. I don't know if Windows still does it, but it used to rebuild that directory every time you reinstalled the OS, resulting the loss of everything in it. I also keep removable archive drives that I back up to every couple of weeks when I'm working, and I back up everything that can't be replaced to DVD-ROM once a year. And I do all that because I've been where you are. I lost about twelve chapters of a (very amateur) novel once to a corrupted disk, and I was so demoralized that I abandoned it entirely. Of course, the world is probably a better place without that book in it, but still.

12-11-2011, 03:57 AM
I feel your pain too, I've also been there. It's one of those hard things that makes you start to back things up religiously ... which also reminds me, I have to do my monthly external backup.

As for Dropbox, I can also recommend it.

12-11-2011, 09:23 AM
I will offer up the suggestion of Carbonite or another auto back up service.

I have just over a terrabyte stored with them ~63K files. Any of these programs works in the background, uploading as files change for secure off site storage. When my previous PC died I downloaded the Client software first and let it all trickle back down.

Well worth the price for peace of mind.


12-12-2011, 07:39 AM
I will second Dropbox if as a free and "easy" software if you are good with the basic account's 2 GB limit (or can recruit some friends via referral to up your storage). I use Dropbox since it supports linux, windows, mac, and even mobile devices(IPad, Android, BlackBerry). SugarSync is another free storage solution which offers 5Gb of storage, but won't work for me because they don't have a native linux client and I can't be bothered to set it up to run under WINE(SugarSync is more flexible also in terms of where you can put things to "share/backup")

As Anstett stated, if you want rock solid protection, go with something like Carbonite or Mosey or something like that(roughly $60 a year for the basic plans).

The main thing here is get something automated that you don't have the think about. While external Hard drives are great for backup, the truth is that most people just don't do it often enough. This is especially the case with Laptops where you have to be extra proactive to hook it up to the drive.

Not sure about the others(but I fairly sure they do), but Dropbox version's your files, so each time you save, they have a snapshot of all previous versions to which you can revert....and really, just have many times have you accidentally merged layers in PS and wish you had not and wished there was a way to undo.... ditto saving over a jpeg file (original) with an updated copy that you wish was not. Of course, this assumes you have an always on internet connection and that the time between saves allows enough time for the file to sync to the DB servers before you next save.

12-12-2011, 09:38 AM
damn that sucks ... good luck in restoring. I use dropbox for some of my files and a network drive (LaCie 2 Tb) for the bulk of them - it also have a backup function :)

12-14-2011, 02:47 AM
Sigh… That reminder could not have come soon enough. Yesterday I accidently brushed a USB port with my headphone plug. *POP* And there went my system drive. So I attempted to restore my OS to the data drive, and Windows decided to reformat the thing instead of just installing. So EE, thank you for reminding me to back up!

On the plus side, I now have a brand new 2 TB data drive. Or I will in the morning, anyway. Formatting a drive this size seems to take some time.

12-14-2011, 04:38 AM
I plan to buy 2 new 2 Tb drives, one for general backup and one for backup of my dvd collection which I am in the process of ripping to my network drive so I can stream it all through the house :)

12-25-2011, 12:02 AM
Got my 2tb external hardrive today! Good day this is.

12-25-2011, 07:46 AM
Good call. See my post on how to make a back up for your files real easy...


If you dont find this way useful then at least your drive is new so you can just wipe it again. But for one line in a bat file this does all that I need.

12-25-2011, 10:11 AM
Thanks red!

12-26-2011, 09:51 AM
I am very sorry to those who have gone through a catastrophic epic fail. I too share your pain, as it has happened to me more times than I care to remember. I too use Dropbox, but only for files I need to access remotely. I have a External drive for backup. I use Webroot for virus removal, and it works well. The only thing that really scares me is my two teen age boys.

01-02-2012, 10:53 PM
Sharing your pain right now.

I didn't loose my computer, but just had all the photos and videos I took over the holidays wiped off my tablet :(

-Rob A>