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    One copy is not a backup, it is your one and only copy. Sorry, no sympathy here.

    Film, love it as much as I do, cannot be losslessly replicated like data to geographically diverse locations. See for example the loss of historically significant photo archives that were stored in the WTC basement and if you think it takes a lot to destroy your negs, you better hope like hell you never have a house fire.

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    With sympathy and respect, but if that drive was your back-up, how can all be lost?

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    I should read a thread to the end before posting a reply: see that Polyglot made the same point. Sorry for the redundancy.

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    I suppose I should not have left out some key details about that drive being a "backup." It was created as a backup to my main hard drive, which also had the same content. THAT one crashed, and I had to get a new computer, thus leaving the backup as the only one with the files. They were going to be transferred to the new computer from the backup, but got accidentally erased by a friend of mine in a very long story.

    Nevertheless, it's not something that I intended to happen, and while I realize that film too, can be destroyed, it couldn't be done in the same manner as my hard drive disappearing.

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    bummer...
    sorry for the troubles you had ....

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    a data recovery specialist *should* be able to recover your data, overwritten or not I believe. you'd have to zero the drive to really pooch it, from what I understand

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    Been there, done that, glad most of my important stuff is on film. If my house burns to the ground I got bigger problems than lost pictures. Lesson learned, back up, keep current backups, and put a bunch of stuff online in a place like smugmug.
    In life you only get one great dog, one great car, and one great woman. Pet the dog. Drive the car. Make love to the woman. Don't mix them up.

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    Sorry to hear about your data loss.

    a data recovery specialist *should* be able to recover your data, overwritten or not I believe.
    I feel bad saying this at APUG, but if you want me to have a look, I will (more about me here so you can tell me apart from various "rescue software").
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    Have happened to me too, more than 1 backup solved the problem.

    Btw, recovery of deleted but not overwritten files is easy. Recovery of overwritten files is close to impossible, it can not be done by anybody, not even the recovery experts

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    Recovery of overwritten files is close to impossible, it can not be done by anybody, not even the recovery experts
    it is harder, and sometimes impossible, but not necessarily always impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ted_smith View Post
    I feel bad saying this at APUG, but if you want me to have a look, I will (more about me here so you can tell me apart from various "rescue software").
    If I understand correctly, the methods of recovering overwritten data mostly involve analog properties of the magnetic media, right? So I think your offer is right on topic.

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