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Oct 23, 04 04:42 PM



I lost a sheaf of particularly important photos when my hard drive died its terrible death.

I have a clique of friends with whom I meet at a park in midtown (it's one of those mini-parks built by a developer--in New York one can circumvent some building ordinances by putting a little public space on your property) and have coffee and banana bread. The kiosk used to sell the coffee for fifty cents; we took to calling it Fiddy.

(The kiosk recently upped the price to 75 cents--I mean, $0.50 is just ridiculous, really--and we had a small crisis. What do we call the place now? But it occurred to us that the place's name really never was Fiddy, it's _______ Park. So it's still Fiddy to us.)

I brought the camera out there a couple weeks ago--the whole contingent was there--the full coterie--and I took a series of photos--everyone having coffee, laughing, everybody's smiling, and then going to a diner and eating eggs.

It was really beautiful, and I was hoping it would be the kind of thing where I could take out the computer if I was, say, blue in Omaha, and have a Virtua-Fiddy to soothe my homesickness.

So I'm pretty aggrieved at the loss.

But, it's funny--I remember each of those photos so specifically--it's almost like I actually did end up with my Virtua-Fiddy to keep in my pocket for a lonely day. Kind of like when you write a number down and it becomes etched in your memory.

Posted by Mike at October 23, 2004 4:42 PM

I know how you feel. I lost a year of my life when my hard drive died. There's an 11 month gap in my pictures in iPhoto...I had taken pictures during every bike race that year, and they were all gone. It was like my first year of bike racing never existed.

DAMN YOU APPLE! Your computers are beautiful, but your hard drives SUCK.

Posted by: ryank at October 23, 2004 4:57 PM

that is just rotten mike! i know i'd die if my HD crashed and i lost pictures. there are some i just can't live w/o. it's funny to think what life was like before we stored our lives (music, pictures, video, journals et al)on little bits of digital storage...

back in the day it took a house burning down for us to lose such it just takes one little arc of electricity...!!!

my condolences again!

Posted by: james the s at October 23, 2004 5:25 PM

The advice comes too late, I know, can always sign up for a free account at PhotoBucket ( and upload your images there as a backup. I tend to burn CDs of my picture folders, just in case. My husband uses some kind of weird USB thingy to back up important files on his computer.
Then again, we're Windows users, and quite used to operating system crashes and hard drive failures.

Posted by: Bkwyrm at October 23, 2004 7:52 PM

i'm glad at least that they are in your memory for that rainy day -- photobucket does sound like a good option -- or you could make a rainy day cd care package

my website serves that function for me sometimes when i just need a quick dose of flowers or metal

Posted by: Amy at October 24, 2004 7:46 AM

i love that very very favorite...when you go again look at the shadow puppets-- they are wild! (balinese i think, all made by hand, 3rd floor? amazing)

i spent weeks drawing at amnh...about losing pictures...i think when you draw its always like can reproduce it -- scan it or photocopy it -- but its never the same....but the thing about a drawing (and maybe a photograph too?) is that the intent stays with you...what you meant to make...and you get to keep that.

once when tracking down my family in italy they showed me all these amazing photographs of my great great great grandfather and it was a small town so there was no way to duplicate or scan them, i mean there wasn't even a grocery store, just a market on tuesdays...
so i sat down and quickly, roughly, ineptly, drew the pictures one by one...and they are not perfect by any means but it worked because now i can remember the pictures whenever i want.

Posted by: Nicole at October 24, 2004 10:32 AM

You can probably get your files back for a fee. Heck, there's even software out there that *might* allow you to get at it yourself if you boot from a different device.

-Former Disaster Recovery Specialist

Posted by: Paul at October 28, 2004 11:13 AM

It could be worse, you could have wiped your harddrive clean and have no shot at getting those pictures back. Like I did. I lost almost 2 years of the high-res versions of my photos that way.

Posted by: Craigerson at October 28, 2004 11:11 PM