Gadget Perversity

Back when I edited on film (way, way back) it used to be an immutable law of nature that the tiny, very bright light bulb in the pic-sync I cut on (not an ideal editing platform, basically just an engine for winding film and magnetic stock, with a tiny screen smaller than the shape a director makes with their thumbs and forefingers) would BLOW about a day before we finished the cut, necessitating a trip to a weird optical supply store that would issue an expensive replacement. Which I would pay for, because I needed it right away, whereas the owner of the pic sync would have paid for it maybe a week or a month later when it was too late.

I’ve just encountered the digital version of that — a day before our final, final cut of the film I shall call only WIBR, my spare drive with all the large files on it has become an unresponsive brick, possibly to do with me sitting on it in the wrong manner. Worse, that drive has CHANDU on it! What to DU?

4 Responses to “Gadget Perversity”

  1. In the U.S. and I’m sure where you reside, you can find service shops that specialize in hard drive recovery. They might be able to recover your data. In extreme cases, they can transplant the platters from a spinning hard drive into a new mechanism, but this solution costs hundreds of dollars. I know that this won’t help you know, but in the future, you should use an online cloud backup as well as a local drive and have a trustworthy friend keep a local backup as well. Good luck.

  2. Thanks, yes, backing up is the major thing I always neglect to do in my life. Maybe because I like the spring-cleaning effect that comes with a fatal systems error.

  3. I really miss film editing. I hope you got your media back!

  4. I keep plugging it in, hoping it’s de-bricked itself. No Lazarus-like performance so far. And all the computer shops are shut due to lockdown, so I’m just biding my time.

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