Monday, November 21, 2016

Lost a hard drive...

I've hit a bit of a speed bump. A couple days ago, my biggest hard drive up and died for no apparent reason. Since then, I've found out that particular model actually had a shockingly high failure rate, and a ton of its reviews basically amount to "it's great, until it breaks, which was within two years/a few weeks/a couple days/before it got to me." So the fact it worked for a solid two years was pretty lucky for me, I guess.

Now, this drive had a lot of personal files and, as you may have guessed, the project file for MVOL. I do keep backups online, but I didn't update those as often as I should have. Fortunately, I do most of my writing on a separate computer, and between that and the archives from the daily updates I send out to my supporters, very little writing is actually lost. This will basically amount to maybe a week or two of work putting things back together, redoing the final polish, editing, and all the little bits. I also lost all of my files for the art I've commissioned, or more specifically, the edited versions polished up for the game. So it's basically going to be a huge pain, but hopefully I can recover everything from online copies or contact the artists.

Honestly, it's been demoralizing more than directly damaging. It's already been pretty rough around here for personal reasons, so throwing this on top has forced me to fall back on some old coping strategies. Right now, I've sent the hard drive to a recovery service and I'm waiting for word on how much it would cost. It would mean a lot to have all of that back, so I'm hoping I can afford it, but if it's a mechanical issue like my tech-savvy friends think it is, then the price may be pretty out there.

One way or another, I'll deal with it. The upshot is, v0.26 may end up a little lighter on content just to keep the schedule going, and this month's MMU will probably be a little odd, maybe compiled with an old version of the game or something.

Anyway, sorry if this seems like a lot of complaining for a relatively small crisis. I know I haven't been as active on the blog lately, and a setback like this is probably the most significant news I've had in a while. Hopefully I'll have better news soon. Thanks for your patience, guys!

And yes, I'll definitely be looking into more robust, automated options for backing up my work files, as well as any files I consider important to me. I'd encourage all of you to take the time to do the same.

13 comments:

  1. Truly sucks. That is why I use Google Drive.

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  2. Be wary about uploading adult material to the free online storage/backup solutions, most or all have it in their EULA that it can't be used for anything adult. It would really suck to have to grab some old files only to find they've disappeared.

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  3. Gah..that sucks, hopefully you'll get things moving smoothly again. And thanks for the little PSA at the end there

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  4. Was it a Seagate? I'm betting it was a Seagate. Those things never last more than two years.

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  5. There are programs that can recover things from dead hard drives, I had a drive that was in a fire, one if the programs I used actually recovered everything off it, with some skipping in my music files being the only damage. Nothing is ever lost.

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  6. That's why the game should have been open-source. Your loss.

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    1. Instead of being a jackass, you could of just suggested he use a private git, or something. People like you are the reason open-source has become a dirty word to some.

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    2. ``jackass''
      No, it's just honesty. Closed-source is a remnant of capitalism, and capitalism is shown again and again to be a waste of time.
      git repository where? If it was a repository only on his hard drive, it would have been lost anyway.

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    3. No you are a jackass. You sit there and demand the creator give their time, effort, and work for free. You just want free stuff.

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    4. No, I just want freedom, for him and for me.

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    5. Not really Its his design what right do you have to it?

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    6. Not really Its his design what right do you have to it?

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