Computer at Gita Nagari decides it is time to leave

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Ortrun Gates : Hare Krishna! Some time ago the hard drive of the AaC computer at Gita Nagari, Port Royal decided it was time to leave and leave it did with all our information on it! We did get a new computer and had some of the software installed again, alas, we did not have the disks for our donations program and we lost our mailing list. Here is where you can help. If you have been in the habit of donating to Adopt a Cow at GN and you have not received a thank you or receipt in quite some time, it’s because we don’t have your address. Some of the checks we receive are sent directly by the bank and often they have no return addresses :-( Please send your correct address to adoptcows@yahoo.com so that I can swiftly send out receipts before the end of the year.

Your servant for the cows, Ortrun

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Everyone should use some sort of backup. Used to be difficult, but now a lot of places give free space and programs to help you sync your data.

https://mozy.com/registration/free

http://www.idrive.com/

microsoft: https://www.mesh.com/Welcome/howto/setup.aspx

http://www.adrive.com/static/storageplans_basic

Hope you are able to recover your information though.

Comment posted by amalagaura on November 25th, 2008
2 Pandu das

Backing up critical data is a very good idea. Nothing lasts forever in the material world, but we can take precautions to give things a better chance of lasting longer. Everything is under Krishn’s control, but why tempt fate?

The same computer had a similar difficulty in 2004, and the Adopt a Cow donor list was thought to be lost. At that time I was able to extract the donor files raw data and convert it to other usable formats. Fortunately I retained a copy of those files on my home computer, and after seeing the article here I sent a PDF of the file to the temple. It’s a little outdated, but should be a good start.

I’m hoping to get my hands on the crashed hard drive to see what else can be recovered. I’ve been hankering to get copies of a set of pictures of Swarupa Damodara’s Sri Sri Radha-Damodara Deities that I saw on that computer when I was doing that other recovery work. There were several amazing pictures there, but I was only able to get two at that time. I really hope the rest of these pictures are not lost. I recently uploaded those two pictures here:
http://oppositerule.govindapeacefarm.com/?p=631

I have a few retail data recovery programs, but there’s also a free one that plan to try. I’ve read some pretty good reviews. Here it is: http://www.recuva.com/

Comment posted by Pandu das on November 26th, 2008

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