Hence why I’m recovering my own data this evening.
Alright, perhaps “none” is inaccurate. I backup four machines in total to dedicated LaCie external drives, one per machine. Time Machine handles the automatic backup. No cloud backup here, because the cloud never seemed like such a brilliant solution for me, and given that the internet connection where I live is capable of around 740kB upload, not exactly a viable one either.
My MacBook Air is the odd machine out. I use it primarily, it stores a bunch of data on the SSD but nothing overly critical. Some of it is backed up across the other machines and hence across the other drives as well - Music, Movies, Photos and the like. The Desktop and Documents are exclusive to the Air, because they contain project data for whatever I’m working on at that exact moment, and those are backed up to the dedicated backup drive for this machine.
The same backup drive I was in the process of repairing when my filesystem turned to dust this afternoon.
My backup solution didn’t account for “data lost in transition”. That is the possibility that both drives could experience some form of corruption within the same window of downtime. It’s not exactly a common occurrence, but it happened, and the chances of getting the lost Desktop and Documents folders back are slim to nil.
Thankfully they contained nothing of any real importance, some files for projects I was never going to complete anyway, outdated receipts from a decade ago, some old articles for MacTalk, some TV shows and videos that are replaceable…
Doesn’t mean I’m thrilled about it. Because I spend most of my working life telling others how important backups are, it’s a bit of a slap to the ego.
The best part? The drive works, but the data was deleted because of a script intended to clear the App Store cache files to force re-download macOS installers for local use (another project) didn’t cd into the directory successfully and without checking to see if it had, performed an rm -rf ./* on the contents of the home folder.
I’m sure there has to be a relevant XKCD comic there somewhere.