Scary digital photos.

15 02 2012

If you’re like me, you love your digital photos.

They’re genuinely instant, which allows me to take another shot if something isn’t quite right.

I can take them home and process them further in photoshop, to make them look as nice as possible and then I can upload them to Flickr, 500px or Twitter and get comments on my work from all around the world.

BUT.

They also scare the crap out of me.

While a box brownie photo could sit in the bottom of your grannies undies drawer for centuries (ok, I exaggerate) an entire hard drive of your most wonderful photos could simply implode at the drop of a hat.

Backups, yes, backups.

We’re dealing with terrabytes of information now, I also make movies, and some are in HD which takes up a lot more space.

Am I forced to backup backups to make incredibly sure that nothing vanishes? It seems so.

I bought a WD 1TB External drive last year, with assurances that it was a worthy brand, well it’s not like it gets heaps of use. I drag it out and connect it up at backup time and add files to it.. at least I was, until a few nights ago when something didn’t quite work right… and so, feeling those butterflies in my stomach, I began to backup to another… older drive.

Sure enough, I began to see CRC errors popping up.

Two were photos (which did manage to copy to another drive oddly enough).

I have since started a lengthy copy and hope process from that drive to another newer external drive.

When I take photos or make films, I want them to last for decades, like the ones from my film cameras have.

I really hate backing up to DVD or CD, but perhaps it’s the most stable way to back up all my self-made stuff.

How do you handle it?

Wolfie!

 

 





How to pull iTunes out of saved “Time Machine” Backups.

8 06 2011

iTunes almost beat me recently, as you may know, and I told everyone that I had given up all hope of getting anything back which I’d lost after a recent iPhone crash.

Although iTunes had failed to save my photos, videos and voice memos which were of far greater importance to me than apps or music, I should in theory have a way to get my paid apps back at the very least.

What I found most annoying was that I had been used to the PC version of iTunes which pretty much saves everything by default, but the mac version was different, and wasn’t saving much more than music, notes, apps and I think that was it… So I was very annoyed when I discovered my self made stuff was gone.

Pigs to the apps and music, I can always buy it again, even though it’s a pain, however, I’ve decided to tinker, and I know some of you should appreciate my findings.

Right, You currently have itunes and it’s blank, you can’t see any apps or anything in it, iTunes may just be enough of an arse to be telling you that you can’t sync because of a library issue, maybe it’s the squeaky shoes, heck knows, and frankly I don’t care.

Let’s rip the throat out of iTunes, shall we?

Connect external drive containing “Time Machine” backups.

Disconnect iPhone if it’s plugged in.

Start iTunes, Go to the iTunes menu in the top right of the screen, the one to the left of the Apple logo, go to Preferences, Click “Devices” at the top, and tick the box next to “Prevent ipods from syncing”

Exit iTunes

Now you should run “Time Machine” go to the date which is the last sync before your crash, and navigate to: /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

What this means is when you see the list of what’s on your computer, you should see the name of your computer under “places” on the panel to the left, there will be an icon of a grey house next to it… if you’re an advanced user, stop your griping 😉

Click that, then click Library… application support… and so on. (as above)

Highlight all the files in the last folder and click Restore in the bottom right.

Now plug your phone in and run iTunes, click “apps” on the left panel, are your apps back?

Now I haven’t done this yet, but I think that after you right click your iphone in the left panel of itunes, and select “transfer purchases” that everything should work.

If it’s not happening, let me know.

I’m not a mega-geek, no matter what you may have heard, even though I do own a mac *feels shame* so it may or may not work, and I have a funny feeling I left something out, maybe, maybe not.

Oh yes, and apparently you can back up onto a dvd, I would do this, it will suck less if it happens again later.

Photos and Videos on the iPhone can be saved manually using preview, do that… backing up photos on PC is a lot easier… back up your photos, do it manually, do it NOW.

Once everything is restored, give iTunes the finger and find some other software that does something similar like DeTune.

Wolfie! (Up yours Apple)





Rotten Apples

3 06 2011

You may have read about my data loss on my iphone, Not only did I lose photos and videos over a month, but also a lot of voice memos, which had been important thoughts, and a few silly ones, from recent times… I really did want to keep these because they were the kinds of things I would one day wish to look back on, and were the kind of thing I’d like to pass onto others.

In general, when we see family trees, we see names and when these people were born, if they married and how many kids they had, and when they died. But a lot of the important stuff, such as what they loved and despised, how they felt, and what made them tick as a person, is lost.

I had been foolishly trusting iTunes to back this data up for me, while having no idea that it was just backing up basics, such as apps, music and phone numbers.

To me, the art I produce myself is of more importance than product I can simply buy again, (though understandably that is a pain too) because our own media is unique, and often the only copy is on the phone or computer.

I have had computers for decades now, and I know full well that backing up is the very best thing to do, and have several backups for my PC in the form of external drives.

When my phone went down, and I found iTunes had only saved rudimentary items, I was shocked and angry, frankly I wanted to beat both my Mac and iPhone to a pulp with a hammer, and to be honest I am considering wiping both and putting them on e-bay.

Apples backup system “Time Machine” failed to help too.

Although I found that I could indeed take a former iTunes from the past and use it’s contents… I could reload my bought apps, but of course there were no voice memos, photos or videos.

I noticed that some of my notes were from the much older PC sync, with iTunes (iTunes on PC appears to be the safer bet), so I thought I’d re-sync with the Mac version.

However, none of the backups worked anymore, each time I tried to run iTunes, I was greeted with an Apple Agreement and a fresh program… completely empty, no apps or anything.

I completely erased iTunes from my Mac and went back into Time Machine, dug out the old iTunes and ran it again, only to be greeted by the same Apple Agreement again, and a fresh, apparently unused iTunes.

Where was my stuff?

I’m feeling really burned by this, and really just want to leave this stuff in the corner to rot.

I will never buy another Apple product ever again, I’ve had enough. For all the sparkly glamour of the company, what has happened over the last week is far worse than anything the PC has ever done to me in over twenty years of use.

If anything has gone wrong on the pc, nine times out of ten I have managed to recover most of my files with relative ease, but with the Mac it’s just complete frustration.

Wolfie!