Coping with (data) loss
After capturing a hike through the rain forest, a hilarious disaster kayak “adventure” and an ATV ride on my GoPro, I experienced… DATA LOSS.
Just as with any heartfelt loss, there is a period of grieving. I went through some of Elizabeth Küber-Ross’ stages of grief:
DENIAL “No way, I’m sure my pictures are all there”
ANGER “Why me? My life! Why didn’t I just update and back them up?”
Originally, I was going to talk about my path through grief, from denial to acceptance, but it was during one of my passes through the BARGAINING stage that I came across resources to recover my files. As recommended on a number of
discussion boards, I tried using Zero Assumption Recovery software without success, since the computer could not read the memory card AT ALL.
I thought the issue was a corrupt memory card until I saw this video:
Although the mysterio guy is holding an SD card, I found that there are folks who work on microSD cards, and it isn’t easy:
I have requested estimates for data recovery from a few companies. I am expecting a hefty price tag, around $400.
Apparently only 80% of the files can be retrieved in this process.
Until the day I can afford such a fee, this is the only picture I have from that day. I am dealing with the loss by taking comfort in knowing that there is a chance that the files can be recovered.
The Lesson is prevention! From now on I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my precious files are repeated in a number of places. just as Chris Benson, a software engineer, said in an article by Michelle Rafter for Norton: “…There are two kinds of people, those who’ve had a data loss and those who are about to have one.”