I Remember the Time I Lost My Data (Part 2)

My data loss story isn’t simple. The data loss was not limited to one file, or even one device. Although this happened almost 10 years ago, the repercussions of this are still being felt in the organization I used to work for.

As I mentioned, this happened almost a decade ago. I had to travel for work to Mumbai, India, and as is required of any Pakistani travelling to India, I had to register with the local police station when I arrived in the city, and before I left.

Because the local office I was working with didn’t have anyone who could drive me to the police station—and this was before Uber existed—I had to rely on the local transport system alone. Aware that I could be mugged while travelling, I left my belongings with some local colleagues who were instead going straight to the hotel. They had my laptop, phone, and all my notes from the day’s meetings.

After I was done with the police station, I went back to the hotel, only to be told that my colleagues had forgotten my backpack on the local transport they used. Although they had spent the last few hours looking for the bag, it was nowhere to be found.

I left my bag behind thinking it was more secure with them than with me and lost a year’s worth of organizational data that wasn’t backed up anywhere.

LOL. Talk about irony.

The phone had valuable contact information, and my laptop had not only notes from the meetings that I had traveled to India for, but all of my data for the last year as well.

Coming back home and realizing that I would need to comb through emails for the last 10 months to recover just a part of the data I had lost was horrifying. I had managed to put my team back months as far as delivering on our goals was concerned!

Over time, I was able to recover about 80% of the data. I had to email a lot of colleagues to ask for newer versions of documents, scour through my emails to find others, and sit and re-create some of the lost data late at night.

I no longer work at the same organization, but there are still times when someone needs a file that was on my laptop and I have to say that I was not able to recover it despite my best efforts.

All my data is backed up now. All my work files, personal files, images, videos are backed up in the cloud, and on an external drive. A reminder in my calendar ensures I never forget to back up to the external storage drive. But even better, cloud backup services like Mozy are set up to back up important files automatically.

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