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BradW

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Posted: 04/05/21 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Over the last 20 years I have posted 1,000's of photo links on the RV.net TC forum. Everything from how to disassemble a Rancho 9000 shock to vacation photos. All those photos were hosted on Fototime.com. I never had a single problem with Fototime in 20 years, but they are all gone now. A couple of weeks ago Fototime ceased operations for mostly unexplained reasons (possible due to the big French sever farm fire). So, if you are looking at one of my posts and the photo is "unavailable", it ain't RV.net and it ain't your computer; it's a broken photo link that will never come back. Sorry folks.


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Posted: 04/05/21 01:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorry to hear that.


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Posted: 04/05/21 01:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BUMMER!
That is a HUGE loss to the TC community...!

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Posted: 04/05/21 01:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sadly, you cannot rely on paid or free services to retain your pictures or data. If you do not keep a backup yourself, you may lose those files forever. I am currently dealing with some backup failures myself even on the local level. Luckily I have the original files, but my alternate location died...


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Posted: 04/05/21 04:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bedlam is correct...cannot rely on these photo sites.


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BradW

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Posted: 04/05/21 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bedlam wrote:

Sadly, you cannot rely on paid or free services to retain your pictures or data. If you do not keep a backup yourself, you may lose those files forever. I am currently dealing with some backup failures myself even on the local level. Luckily I have the original files, but my alternate location died...


The photos I had on Fototime go back 20 years. I don't know how many photos I had on there, but I would estimate about 8,000 to 12,000. I never relied on Fototime as a secure backup. I'm pretty sure I still have 99% of those photos on multiple backup locations/devices.

What bugs me are all the dead links out there now. I use the internet to research many things and I hate finding the perfect thread/post only to see the photo link is dead. I was just on a welding forum and a guy had a link to the Victor tip chart showing the acetylene flow rate for each tip size/pressure. Must have been there in 2006, but gone now. [emoticon]

I still have the photos, but there is no way to go back and fix all the dead links.

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Posted: 04/05/21 10:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BradW wrote:

Over the last 20 years I have posted 1,000's of photo links on the RV.net TC forum. Everything from how to disassemble a Rancho 9000 shock to vacation photos. All those photos were hosted on Fototime.com. I never had a single problem with Fototime in 20 years, but they are all gone now. A couple of weeks ago Fototime ceased operations for mostly unexplained reasons (possible due to the big French sever farm fire). So, if you are looking at one of my posts and the photo is "unavailable", it ain't RV.net and it ain't your computer; it's a broken photo link that will never come back. Sorry folks.


Hi Brad
Photobucket did the same thing to me.
I have been posting on many forums and poof the photos are gone unless you pay them lots of money.

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Posted: 04/05/21 11:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I remember when photo bucket did that. They caused a lot of damage. People say photo bucket is back, but I would never trust them after the stunt they pulled.

This forum has always been an excellent source for information.

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Posted: 04/06/21 03:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very sad indeed...
@BradW: one such link is in your sig line.
The fototime outage seems to match the time of the french fire. If only someone had told them that techniology exists to safeguard data - at a cost... Maybe then it would not have been "beyond their control".


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Posted: 04/06/21 05:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don’t loose ALL hope just yet.

A catastrophic data center fire, even one that destroys every last server and piece of physical infrastructure, SHOULD NOT result in the total loss of all the data IF each and every responsible party had an adequate disaster recovery plan in place. DR can cost a lot of money though, and I can imagine it gets skimped on, or even eliminated entirely in some web services environments.

At the minimum, Fototime’s DR plan should have resulted in backup images existing in multiple off-site locations. Assuming the server farm fire is the reason that Fototime is down, the immediate question is whether there is the ability to stand up new equipment in a new location that the backup images could be restored onto. Assuming backup images even exist, of course.

It’s inconceivable that the people making the decisions at Fototime would be unaware of the DR options available to them. What they would also be keenly aware of is the cost of those services. They can easily double your cost of operations while adding nothing to revenue and profits.

The message on their domain doesn’t sound hopeful:

“ On March 10, due to circumstances beyond our control, FotoTime suffered a catastrophic outage. This outage effected both the infrastructure and data. Regretably, due to this outage, FotoTime has ceased operations.

We would like to thank all of our customers for supporting us all of these years.

This difficult decision to cease operations was the only option available to us. ”

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