Sign in to follow this  
Joseph29

I just lost all my flightsim planes and backed up stuff!

Recommended Posts

I have a external drive where I saved everything including all my flightsim stuff. I had a whole load of planes (payware and freeware) saved to a external hard drive (I kept them there when not using them). Well the drive failed and it is not working (it's not getting any power). The drive did not give any warning that it was going to fail. :angry:

 

I feel devastated I lost all the planes I had. Anyone else have something similar happen? Did you start buying the planes again?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

That's one of those nightmare scenarios we all dread. You will probably be able to get most of your payware stuff back without having to pay for them again- most sites like Flight1,SimMarket etc. keep records and will email you the information you will need to download them again.

 

Have you thought of taking the drive to a computer repair place? They may be able to recover the data for you

 

Good luck mate - you definitely have my sympathy...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

sorry to hear. I have 2TB of stuff on a second hardrive and have been toying with getting another drive as a back up  for the backup..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is good to hear about getting most of the payware planes back. I bought most of the planes I had directly from the vendor (only bought 3 planes from Simmarket). I didn't think I would be able to get them back because I even save the activation codes on the external drive. Do you think I would I be able to get older planes back like the PMDG 1900,50 North 737's, or the Feelthere CRJ?

 

I guess I should start thinking about seeing if I can get data off of the drive. I am hoping I can find different power plug and see if it works with this drive. Maybe the power plug is no good anymore.

 

I already ordered a new external drive, so when that gets here I will start downloading the freeware stuff I had again.  Not really looking forward to doing that again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 


(it's not getting any power)

 


the power plug is no good

 

I have a 2Tb Seagate 'expansion' drive, one of 3 I own, that has a particularly cantankerous connection that chooses to work when it wants to work.  I persevere because it does work, just not all the time.  :rolleyes:

 

Sounds like you may have a similar problem.  Give it a rest. Try next week.  If it happens to power-on get ready to copy its contents to your new drive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 2Tb Seagate 'expansion' drive, one of 3 I own, that has a particularly cantankerous connection that chooses to work when it wants to work.  I persevere because it does work, just not all the time.  :rolleyes:

 

Sounds like you may have a similar problem.  Give it a rest. Try next week.  If it happens to power-on get ready to copy its contents to your new drive.

 

I really hope that is the case! I had LOD 11 mesh that covered the entire alps that you can't get anymore! (the website I got it from is gone)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a external drive where I saved everything including all my flightsim stuff. I had a whole load of planes (payware and freeware) saved to a external hard drive (I kept them there when not using them). Well the drive failed and it is not working (it's not getting any power). The drive did not give any warning that it was going to fail. :angry:

 

I feel devastated I lost all the planes I had. Anyone else have something similar happen? Did you start buying the planes again?

 

When you get everything all restored go get yourself 2 backup drives, thats what I do, I have 2 WD Mybooks 2TB each that are clones of each other.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a NAS in RAID 5 for this reason.  It took a 4TB drive dying and several RAID 0 config's going down the tubes.  Good luck my friend.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a external drive where I saved everything including all my flightsim stuff. I had a whole load of planes (payware and freeware) saved to a external hard drive (I kept them there when not using them). Well the drive failed and it is not working (it's not getting any power). The drive did not give any warning that it was going to fail. :angry:

 

I feel devastated I lost all the planes I had. Anyone else have something similar happen? Did you start buying the planes again?

 

Are you sure that it was the drive that failed, or could it have been the power supply? I had several power supplies fail for old Lacie external drives.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you sure that it was the drive that failed, or could it have been the power supply? I had several power supplies fail for old Lacie external drives.

 

Well I do not know if it failed. I do know that when I plug it in to the power outlet the power light does not come on and the drive does not work, so Im hoping it's just the power supply that dosen't work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 


Then I bought one of those little hdd readers that have their own power supply. Plugged it in to the 'failed' hdd, and I could read everything and transferred what I needed off it.

 

Gotta try that myself thank you. !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 


those little hdd readers that have their own power supply

 

Many thanks for that info Jon ... I had no idea!

 

Perfect for using/reusing my many IDE HDD's on todays SATA computers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have one internal 2Tb drive and one external 4Tb drive just in case one of them doesn't work anymore. Contents of 2Tb gets copied into 4Tb when i add something in it. So i feel pretty secured against HDD failure

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always use 2 drives to backup anything important. If you only use one you have to hope the drive will give you warning it is going to fail and when it does start to fail you have to hope all content can be accessed. Drives are cheap nowadays, losing stuff is a nightmare. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Many thanks for that info Jon ... I had no idea!

 

Perfect for using/reusing my many IDE HDD's on todays SATA computers.

 

I found there's a market for used, mid capacity (50Gb+) IDE hard drives, like people who own multi track Digital Recording equipment.

 

Turns out many of the popular brands like Alesis use IDE drives as their Storage Media.

 

:smile: 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, as ist sounds to me, its not the actual hard drive that failed - sound more like the external case of your hard drive failed.... try if you can change that....

 

regards

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One other very simple thing to check would be to test the power outlet where you plug in the hard drive, just to make sure it isn't the 'plug in' that is dead. I had a multi outlet surge protector that had a outlet go dead. I thought my monitor had died!

 

Regards,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a whole load of planes (payware and freeware) saved to a external hard drive (I kept them there when not using them). Well the drive failed and it is not working (it's not getting any power).

 

Did I understood you that you didn't actually back-up you aircaft but just copied them onto an external drive and then deleted from your hard drive?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It might be possible to remove the drive from its enclosure and use it in an internal bay in order to recover what you need. Check youtube for videos of this being done.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did I understood you that you didn't actually back-up you aircaft but just copied them onto an external drive and then deleted from your hard drive?

 

 

Yes thats correct. I guess it was more for storage and not a backup. :blush:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hows this for coincidence ! I just started having texture problems today and messed about with the shaders folders, one thing led to another and FSX was completely ruined.

 

So I went to restore back up from Acronis but it couldn't find the boot partition ( moved during de frag) in the meantime I restarted my PC but it found errors and was told to insert the win 7 disc...That couldn't find errors but was unable to restart windows , lol you couldn't make this stuff up

 

Luckily Acronis allowed me to make a boot disc when I first installed it, inserted and was able to reboot into a reinstall and back in business in 16 mins both drives restored, from zero to hero and all this stuff is free, just download it from the web  :smile:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes thats correct. I guess it was more for storage and not a backup. :blush:

 

Then you've learned the hard way -  make an actual back-up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just to be sure .. I will add my two cents .. to the dollars already posted ^_^

IF your HD is in a enclosure (case) maybe it's a problem with the power switch (I had this in the past)

Be sure also to open the case and check if HD still well pluged .. and check if no wires are broken

Of course that can be as already said the power supply out of use ....

I don't think (optimistic here) that your HD is lost for ever

Good luck anyways

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The drive did not give any warning that it was going to fail

 

The drive is probably fine, normally the interface board goes bad mainly because these parts get very hot being encased in a small enclosure.

Remove the drive from its case and just install it into your PC where it will show up just fine.

or buy one of these and drop your drive into it

 

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TeckNet®-Docking-Including-External-Comaptible/dp/B00IS7Y96I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=U

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this