My first hard drive failure occurred this week and was, as is to be expected, quite unexpected.
It wasn’t even a total failure – I was skimming through my Lightroom catalogue to find an image, and noticed some coloured banding showing on images.
Naturally, I was a little concerned, so I clicked through to explorer and opened the NEF (raw) file directly using Photoshop, and the banding was still there.
This ruled out a corrupt Lightroom catalogue, and as it only affected images in 1 folder, I can only assume it is a bad sector. Unfortunately I have no idea when this occurred, so have copied the corrupt file to both of my backup drives.
At this point in time, there is seemingly nothing I can do, so I just have to accept the loss of 14 files. Thankfully none of these files were part of my better work.
I have stopped using the drive, and a replacement is already on order from Amazon.
In the meantime, I have reviewed my backup software and from now on will accept the slower backup but greater security given by data validation.
I am thankful that only a few fairly unimportant images were lost, as I have now been forced into a thorough review of my backup procedures.
As ever, I am open to suggestions for ways to improve the backup process – such as what software are you using?
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