I accidently deleted the database containing all the journals!
And worse still neither myself or my web hosting company had a backup!
And just when it looked like we'd lost the lot, I managed to recover most, if not all the entries, and there comments from a bunch of cached google pages!
But it's still going to take a few days to rebuild the database.
Apologies to FTSE and Helen for potentially losing all their hard work. Good thing I didn't delete the T2W database with the forums, now that would have been a REAL disaster! Eeeek. Don't worry though I'm not going to allow this to ever happen again!
Important note to you all. ....If you EVER accidentally delete/format/fdisk your drive with all your important data on it, it CAN be recovered. Not cheap, but it can be 100% recovered. Just DON't do anything with the drive. Once you have reloaded all your software, or just the operating system, the recovery success is dramatically reduced. Just go buy a new hard drive and send me the stuffed one for recovery. I have recovered one of my drives that was partitioned in two. I Fdisked it and formatted it before realising, but still recovered all my data.
Alternately, have a second drive attached and run 'second copy 2000' (shareware, costs some huge sum, a shade under £20 I think) which will record any files and folders you pick, and copy them at your chosen intervals, on days of your choice, to a wide range of media including via network... I have a 2nd HDD in the case that gets a copy of all my important folders every 20 mins for example.
This is, of course, in addition to making 'restore points' every now and then, a full backup regularly (via another shareware package) and saving my program files and email info to CD... it sounds quite a lot, but takes 5 minutes.
(Of course, if the meteorite hits I'm snookered)
Thanks for the advice - certainly if it was my own hard-drive I could probably recover the data like ChartMan suggested - not so easy when it's shared between a number of users. And DaveJB I really need to set up something like this on my home pc, with daily and weekly backups. You don't reaslise how valuable data is until you've lost it.
Anyway, I should have the journals back by the end of the week, but in case you haven't seen the announcement the site will be down tonight from 12:15am for about 30 mins, while I carry out some essential maintenance.
You'll be glad to hear the journals are finally back online. It's taken longer than expected, and I still need to recover some of helen's older journal entries and the comments by other members on recent entrues. But you can now access the new journals section from the "discussion" menu bar at the top of every page, or go to them directly from this link!
The new journal system makes it easy for members to create their own journal and publish it on the site. Just visit the new journal section and click the "start a journal" button - you can immediately start to add entries either public or private. This can be standard text entry or use our advanced editing tool that has WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) functionality, to really personalise the look and feel of your journal. Members can then comment on any public entry published. and we keep a track of all the new entries and highlight the latest ones on the front page of T2W.
As always please tell us your feedback on this new site feature, as there's lots more ways we'd like to expand it and I'd really appreciate your feedback.