True Tales of Data Loss Horror

By | October 31st, 2016

Data Loss Horror Tales

Just in time for Halloween: Spooky stories to give you a fright! Nothing scares us at Backblaze like stories about people losing data. Here are true tales of data loss horror straight from our customers’ own mouths!

“My wife had tons of pictures of our daughter when she was in the hospital and were kept on a old PC. Basically something happened when I restored my OS that corrupted my storage drives. I was forced to format the drives and tried for five hours using format recovery software but I ended up realizing that those memories were lost and there was nothing I could do about it.” – Jerry

“I’m a wedding photographer. I did a corporate job shooting a design firm’s office space and personnel, meetings and group photos. Somehow got lazy and didn’t copy the data off the Compact Flash card before the weekend’s wedding. As part of my routine, I formatted and stuck the memory card into my backup camera. After shooting a dozen frames at the wedding, I had a flash of panic and realized that I had just started overwriting my corporate photography. I swapped out the memory card then later recovered most of the files, but still had to email and ask to redo some of the photography.” – Sean

“I was using my store management software on a computer that was equipped with two hard-disk drives working like mirrors. The idea was that if one drive broke down the data would have been safe on the other one. The problem is that one drive became faulty and its mirror drive simply read the faults and duplicated them becoming faulty itself, years of accounting date were lost! It turned out that I had to get a new computer and imput all the data manually in it and it took me weeks. I wouldn’t wish this scary story to happen even to my competitors.” – Lorenzo

“One day, working on my computer and listening to my music, a storm began. A power outage burned my computer’s power supply, motherboard, modem and my hard drive with a project I has working on for ONE YEAR.” – George

“I was working at a coffee shop yesterday (my off-site office) on revising a print document and needed to get a PDF to the client for approval. I launched InDesign and soon realized that all of the linked images were on my external drive at home. There was a brief moment of panic, but then it dawned on me — I could restore (via Backblaze) and download! Five minutes later I was back in business.” – Tom

There’s a crucial point in almost every horror movie where you realize if the main character had just done one thing differently, none of the rest of the film’s events would have happened. In this case, Tom did the smart thing.

Don’t be the victim of your own horror story: Use Backblaze to back up your Mac or PC, and rest easy know your data is safe and secure. If you need other backup advice, make sure to check our handy Backup Guide for all the details.

Do you have your own data loss horror story? Share it with us!

Peter Cohen
Peter will never give you up, never let you down, never run around or desert you. He also manages the Backblaze blog.

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Category:  Backing Up
  • JerrySmith90125

    Well-written article. Not using backblaze but learning a lot about backups and disaster recovery.

  • manoj91

    i once deleted my backblaze backup because i wanted a fresh backup and then formatted my hard disk by mistake ( i wanted to partition it). i had to run every recovery software and got back most of the jpgs and vids.

  • Christian Taylor

    Fortunately, I didn’t wait until it was too late! I got BackBlaze last year, and a few months ago, I experienced my first ever hard drive failure. Thanks to BackBlaze, I was up and running again within days!

  • karl

    The above stories reminds me why I take back-up so seriously.
    My only data loss was as a child with photos. Back then, storage was more expensive. Cloud wasn’t an option. I have a 56K dial-up connection (that did not achieve that speed).