Important Message Please Read!

>> Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dear Spicie Foodie followers,readers, visitors and fellow Foodie Friends,

First if I may give all of you a very important tip, back up all of your data, photos, file, blog, articles and anything else of importance to you.

I want to let everyone know that I will not be updating or sharing any new recipes for a week or two. No I am not abandoning my beloved blog, I am being forced to take a break. On Friday my external hard drive started acting strangely. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon and this is where it stands, thanks to my wonderful husband I was able to recover part of the data off my external hard drive but not all of it. You see I have been using my external hard drive to save a lot of my work and not backing it up on my computer nor burning it onto DVDs. Well much of the data that I have lost was for my Spicie Foodie blog not to mention years and years of other photos, files, iTunes music, work related data and well I don't know what else. Honestly I don't know whether to cry like a child or have a couple of drinks to numb the shock.

Thankfully my husband thinks he may have found a software that maybe able to restore the rest of the drive. I am keeping my fingers crossed or as I say in Spanish Changitos. So I will be spending the rest of the foreseeable future trying to sort out the data saved and making sense of what is lost and remains in limbo. Unfortunately until I have this sorted out I cannot devote any time to anything else. I look forward to sharing my recipes and drooling over all of yours very soon. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope you all have a great week!

Please back up all of your data don't learn the hard way like I am!


heidi August 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

suerte con el back up mujer. Seguro que lo recuperas.

y si no, pues ya ni llorar es bueno.

Pa'lante (y a hacer back up ...que yo tampoco lo hago..)

changuitos x ti

girlichef August 22, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

Oh No!! Fingers crossed that you can recover everything!

Cookin' Canuck August 22, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

Oh no! I'm so sorry you lost so much. I hope that software works for you - fingers crossed.

Subterfuge Diva August 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

Oh, what a disaster! I really hope you can recover most, if not all, of your data. Thanks so much for reminding us that this could happen to anyone, anytime.

alison August 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

oh ,sorry for your lost,but i hope to recover almost all your data!

Kate August 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

I'm sending along good thoughts for a complete data recovery! We back up my photos every week but I've never backed up my blogs... Good reminder to do so. Good luck!!! Kateiscooking

Belinda @zomppa August 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Oh dear! I'm so sorry and appreciate the reminder. I hope you get most of it back. Look forward to having you back soon.

5 Star Foodie August 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

Oh, no! I'm so sorry that happened. Good luck with everything!

FamilySpice August 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM  

This is one my greatest nightmares! When we had wildfires threatening our neighborhood and we had to evacuate, I grabbed my kids, my computer and my backups! I hope you are able to recover everything.

Frank August 22, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

Yikes! Best of luck getting back to normal... computers are wonderful things--until they aren't!

JillyAn August 22, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

I feel for you my dear! I got the blue screen of death about 4 months ago and it scared the livng daylights out of me because I have the contents of THREE cookbooks, an unfinished fictional novel, thousands of photos..both personal and for my catering business AND..over 6000 music files. I was physically ILL when it happened...crying hysterically and hyperventilating. I called a local place that advertsises that it can retrieve data and THANK GOD...they DID. They had to download my files onto an external harddrive...completely wipe out the hd on my computer, wash all my files and then put them back into my now virus free computer. It was a nightmare. I am so paranoid now that I TRIPLE back up everything. I use an external drive, thumb drives AND DVD's I hope everything works out well and you can save your data. It took me over a month to get my stuff back in order. Good luck!!!

Baking Barrister August 22, 2010 at 11:56 PM  

A veteran of the hard drive crash, I backup my computer every few weeks and have a program that runs that tells me when my drive is starting to fail (mac). It's a really crappy situation

chefyourself August 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

Darn puters! I need to heed your advice too. Buena suerte, chica!

Conor @ Hold the Beef August 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

Good lord I'm so sorry to hear this. GOOD LUCK with it all and please don't get too stressed. Cups of tea and some chocolate too might help with this!

THinking of you in your hour of need... thanks for reminding us all to do that task which most of us keep putting off.

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron August 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

I'm sorry Nancy! This sucks. Will check back with you in 2 weeks and good luck restoring everything. I hope you get as much as data as you can!

Evan @swEEts August 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

that happened to me a couple of years ago :( I hope your hubby can fix it!!

maybelle's mom August 23, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

gosh, that sucks. hope you can get it all back.

Magic of Spice August 23, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

Oh my gosh, so sorry...I hope you can retrieve the rest of your data.

Scott K August 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

Good luck getting everything back together. I'll be watching for your return.

bunkycooks August 25, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

I am so sorry to hear that! I know how devastating it must be to lose all of that stuff. Good luck with everything and I look forward to seeing you back soon. :)

City Share August 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

Oh, that's awful. I have lost data before, and I know just what it feels like. I endorse crying and drinking. Best of luck!

Thella @ I Love. Therefore, I Cook. August 26, 2010 at 6:07 AM  

oh Nancy, hope you recover everything. i know how losing files sucks big time :(

Yvette Marquez August 27, 2010 at 12:35 AM  

OMG! That is my biggest fear! Its happened to me before during a year long family history movie I was editing. Not good! I wish you luck!

Tokyo Terrace August 28, 2010 at 7:17 PM  

Oh goodness! I had this happen to me last summer. Now we have 2 external hard drives and a lot of files that only half work- half a picture, half a song's depressing.Your advice is gold: backup backup backup! Hope it all works out for the best!

Matt Kay August 28, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

I worked as an IT manager for several years and can't tell you how many times people would find out how much their data was worth after they lost it.

Burning it to a DVD can be great but you can easily fill up 25 DVDs with photos, files, music and years of web development (blogging stuff).

If archiving to a DVD isn't a feasible option then keep your data in several places. There are even reasonably priced backup services that offer software that will backup certain folders on your computer to a remote datacenter.

I'm sorry for the loss of the data, I lost lots of family photos the same way when my laptop failed last year because I had neglected to copy the files to my desktop.

This is not a magic bullet, nor is it "officially" recommended but as a last ditch data recovery effort, I've put a hard drive in the freezer until it was ice cold and it worked for long enough to copy some of the data.

The last alternative is to bring it to a data recovery company but they are typically very expensive. They can recover the data for typical hard drive failures.

Good Luck!

Spicie Foodie August 30, 2010 at 5:31 PM  

I want to thank all of you for your sweet well wishes messages and tips. You are the best!

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