This was going to be my next post:
“Absolutely gutted are the only words I can use as to how I feel right now. I have just spent an awesome day trekking in the Malaysian jungle, and have excitedly booked a trek with a group tomorrow too. So, feeling quite content, this evening I thought I’d catch up with some things I needed to do, and so thought I’d get the photos off my SD cards and onto my tablet. Four cards I went through, and afterwards I formatted each card for the next use. The last card I formatted I didn’t think had worked properly. So I did it again. Unfortunately what I didn’t realise was that I was just about to format the storage card on my tablet, deleting 90% of the photos I had taken in the last six weeks.
At first it was disbelief, then this lead to the realisation that I had actually just done this, and suffice to say I have spent much of the evening in tears. Those that know me, and those that follow my blog, I expect realise, how much my photos mean to me. There’s photos of sunsets and blue beaches that I’m really not going to get upset about and I can get any day, they’re ten a penny, but what sticks in my mind is my visit to the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, and my two days spent in the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. Yes, I know I could potentially revisit these places one day, but both experiences were special, and I know I had some equally amazing pictures.
I know over the next few days/weeks I will remember other great pics and videos I have taken, and now lost. I know it’s not the end of the world but I can’t help being so upset about this.
Unfortunately the next few blog posts won’t have many pics on them, if any. I have a handful of photos on my phone, but not many 😦 ”
Fortunately things weren’t quite as bad as I first thought:
Now, after chatting with a couple of people I was well informed that I should be able to get the photos back, with the use of a computer. So whilst in Kuala Lumpur I took my memory cards into a computer shop. I managed to get a whole bunch of corrupted photos back, some had been salvaged ok, but not many. The next day I took all my memory cards in to see what I could get back from them, and luckily I did get a fair few more from them. I had most of the Elephant Nature Park photos, but as hard as I wished I really didn’t get many of the Angkor temples photos. Probably about ten out of…..er…..probably around 300! Truly gutted about this as I had two of the best days of my entire trip in these magnificent old ruins, they really were something else. I was even thinking of going back there to retake the pics I lost, but it would cost a bit to go back there obviously, and I came to the conclusion I can visit again one day. So the awesome day and photos I took (which I never got to see myself as I hadn’t even had chance to sit down properly and look through them!) will remain confined to my memory, bar a few saved ones.
I know it is not the end of the world, but it certainly wasn’t my best week I must admit, especially as I have cloud backup in case of such idiotic occurrences….but last time I did the backup, it hadn’t worked properly, and I hadn’t kept on top of it and checked it.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a second back up in case of two idiotic occurrences…..
Tough lesson learned. It’s always after the horse has bolted isn’t it……?!