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I sometimes feel like a broken record when it comes to my Permanent Storage account, but there’s good reason for that.

Today, my husband asked for a photo of a project he built for my kids back in 2009.

“Oh, yeah.  I can get that for you.”  And off I went to my laptop to open Historian …

and then I realized that I split my vault in half last year and my current vault on my laptop starts at 2011.

So, I went to my backup drive to open the everything-up-to-2010 vault.

And it told me that it wasn’t a valid memory vault.

Ugh!

Hmmm.  Well, ok … time to restore it from the shadow copy then.

Ok, Not my favorite message.  I’m not in panic mode at this point, because I know a way to recover that shadow copy, but I have to move it to a different drive.  (Long story.)  And unfortunately, one of my two other externals recently died (the one that has my regular backup for my laptop) and the other is currently almost full because I’ve been backing up all of the computers for my family members to it.

So, what did I do?

Ok, I know … dumb question, right?

Of course, I logged into my Forever Permanent Storage account, looked up 2009, scrolled down and found that photo in no time.

And since Forever has things triple backed up for me, I’m not that worried about it.  (I am not going to quit using Historian because I still want local copies of my photos … for those times when I have no internet access or just don’t want to be connected to the internet.)

Speaking of Forever, if you have an account, you may have noticed a little down time this past week.  They have worked hard recently to upgrade a lot of things, and if you haven’t been back in the past few days, it’s worth a look.  If you don’t have an account, signing up for a free 1 Gb storage account is a great way to give it a try.  All of my phone photos (and my husband’s) upload to mine automatically with the free app from Forever, and I love having access to those photos without having to do any more work than that.

Hope you aren’t melting this weekend, and have had a chance to Enjoy!

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