[Digikam-users] Database lost

Daniel MacPhee drmaceltie at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Oct 1 14:20:24 BST 2011

Point taken, I'll look into this over the weekend and backup. Thanks.

As suggested I searched for digikam and found the .db file still exists on the disk.  Before I started messing with files I re-boot the PC and guess what Digikam now works OK. So what went wrong I've no idea.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.


From: Paul Verizzo <paulv at paulv.net>
To: digikam-users at kde.org
Sent: Saturday, 1 October 2011, 13:32
Subject: Re: [Digikam-users] Database lost

Three words to live by in the digital age:

1.  Backup!
2.  Backup!
3.  Backup!

There is no such thing as too many backups!  I used to do the old usual second disk thing using DOS-like XXCOPY.EXE. using it's clone function.  Then I kept a third disk in my Jeep, updating as I remembered.  Why?  Once you have a house fire you get very paranoid about irreplaceable losses.  So, one on-site backup, one off-site.

I no longer do the Jeep backup, although when I travel I do take an entire, freshly backed up hard drive with me, usually.  For the last three  years I've used Carbonite, $55/yr, which automatically backs up selected folders or files................like my digiKam database!   While Carbonite may well have all my data stored, if I ever needed to recover everything, it would take several weeks, probably, to do so, even with high speed internet.  Having my own hard drive would speed that up.

This is a topic that I repeatedly preach about, both to friends and in my classes.  Having had a large box of important family photos ALMOST  become ash in that fire - all those singed prints and slides are a great prop in my classes - as the Beatles sang, "I'm a believer........"

OK, I'm stepping off of my soapbox.

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