A major disaster occurred last Saturday. I was reorganizing some files on my external back-up drive, deleting duplicate folders after upgrading my Mac to OS Sierra (Don’t do the upgrade!). And as I deleted unnecessary folders, I erased all my photos back-up. 😦 Non de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde! (Don’t even try to find the translation…) Of course when I realized what I had done, I’d already emptied the trash! Wailing emoticon. (The above is a pirate at Fisherman’s wharf, San Francisco, last July.)
The George. Pub in Islington, London, July 2016. Near Angel station, Northern line.
As I was tearing my face and clothes, I tried to think. Wait, wait. There is another backup. It’s always been my policy (Once TOC, always TOC) to use two external hard drives and backup (almost) all my files on both drives.
Phnomh-Penh, Cambodia, c.1956. L. to r. My little sister and yours truly. The family archives were in another folder. Thank God for small favours. I couldn’t see myself scanning all family albums and negatives again. No Siree.
Tlalpan, Mexico city. November 2016.
I plugged the other hard-drive in, started to browse.
“Amor perfecto”, perfect love, Bogotá, Colombia, December. (My apologies: too much back light, I Photoshopped and framed what I could.)
There was a folder in the other hard-drive, most creatively labeled: “back-up photos”.
“The utmost luxury in Air service. TWA’s Super Constellations fly across the United States from the Pacific.” An old ad in a French newspaper, the Figaro probably. Circa 1953-54. “TWA’s Ambassador service, the first to be equipped with two giant luxury Super Constellations…” “Night services are equipped with sleeping bunks”. Yes, as in old sea passenger liners. TWA is now long gone. A shame. Though competitors, they were a great airline.
The “back-up photos” folder I transferred to my Mac, AND the wretched other hard drive. Just in case. This really was a “dump” (and dumb) back-up.
An Air France Super Constellation. This”giant” Lockheed 4 propeller plane carried between 50 and 100 passengers. Not exactly huge. The triple tail is quite distinctive. And the “bunks” were actual beds with curtains for privacy. I remember flying in one of those, shortly before Boeing released its first commercial jet: the 707. (Photo (c) Jerry Hughes at Airliners.net)
At first glance it seemed the second back-up held most folders except 2015 and 2016. Darn. (Non de D…, etc.)
On the road, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, c.1967-68. Those particular trees are doum palm trees. Amboseli, on the Kenya side offers “stunning” views of the Kilimandjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, located on the Tanzania side.
As I started to browse the second back-up I also remembered, I’d never organized it. Hence the “dump” label. So I started reorganizing the folders, checking content, switching and unduplicating. No erasing. 😦
Statue of “Il Duce” Benito Mussolini, near Adoua, Ethiopia, 1935-1936. (From my father’s archives). The battle of Adwa, or Adua, took place in march 1896 between the Italian army and the Abyssinian (now Ethiopian) army. The Italians wanted their ” share” of Africa and attacked Ethiopia. They were defeated by the Ethiopians in that very battle. Ethiopia is a very old civilization dating back to around the 8th century, a significant proportion of its population is Christian, since the 9th century. (Approx). Though the Ethiopian victory in 1896 should have secured Ethiopia’s independence forever, Fascist Italy under the rule of Mussolini invaded and occupied Ethiopia from 1936 to 1941.
In light of recent events, let us remember that both Mussolini and Hitler were elected democratically… One cannot be too careful, even today.
Yoga studio, Bogotá, Colombia, 2016.
After 2-3 days work, it seems that I have recovered 85-90% of my files. Maybe more as I check every folder. This is gonna take some time. So, remember: 95% of computer mistakes are human mistakes. And do make 2 different backups always. I will actually buy a third hard drive. As soon as I complete the reorganization and diagnosis. 🙂
Our new neighbourhood is called Tlalpan. In Nahuatl, the Aztecs’ language, it means: “upon the land”, from Tlalli = the Earth, and Ipan = upon. The foot pictogram generally represented travel.
Safe and pleasant Time and Space travels to all in this year 2017. (Can’t wait till the end of 2020) 😉