By Photographer, Kelly Briarton
“Back in 2010, I had just finished having all of my family photos scanned into a hard drive when there was a major freeze and our pipes burst and flooded everything. I lost all of my tangible photos, children’s drawings and mementos.
I was relieved to know that all of my data was “safe” on an external hard drive. Well, after a few years of use of that hard drive, it failed in 2012. It was not dropped or mistreated in any way to cause an issue. I always kept it in the same spot on my desk.
I attempted recovery myself with some online software without success. I was horrified since all of my family things were on there and about to be gone forever. I had photos of my family, including my mother, that had since passed away and would be gone forever. I had photos from my childhood that I would never be able to see again.
I talked with some local computer folks and they told me to contact a professional service, which I did. I sent the drive off to company with a clean room who would attempt recovery with no guarantee anything would be saved.
I ended up waiting close to 6 weeks and paying close to $2000 for recovery services. Approximately 75% of my data recovered. Some of the items recovered were useless since part of the image was ruined by the recovery.
Currently, I have all of my items on (1) my computer, (2) on an external hard drive, (3) on another external hard drive in a fireproof safe and (4) on a cloud storage.
I know the current system I have is pretty horrible but I have been unable to find something better until I saw Drobo’s products and spoke with the Drobo Rep. at Imaging USA. Now, I am researching the different products and options Drobo has available to make my storage less complicated. I have not seen another product like it and it seems to be the right solution for me.
I am currently debating between the Drobo 5C which was shown to me at Imaging USA and the Drobo 5D, which I saw on the webpage. I will be using it for storage of all of my documents (old & new), memories/old family photos along with use for my photography business. With the business, I will be using it for photo storage so that I am able to edit in Lightroom and Photoshop.”
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