So as the title says, I lost 10 years of data and of course I have only myself to blame. I’m always pretty strict with backing up all my data but unfortunately due to two assumptions / actions I lost all my data. This includes photo’s, video’s, documents the whole shebang. Might be able to get some things from a few old hd’s but 90% is lost. Of course I was quite upset the moment I found out, but worse things can happen in life, that I know.
Reason for my post is that I would like some opinions about, what I think is, the cause. First I’ll explain the backup solution I had, followed by the ‘cluster***’.
At a cloud hosting service I had 1000gb worth of space, mountable with Webdav. That worked great, it was fast and I could easily mount them. Then I made vaults with Cryptomator for several purposes, eg: media, documents etc. So I would mount the remote storage with webdav, and then open the specific Vault I wanted to access.
Of course several things went wrong. I wanted to get a clean install of OSX High Sierra on my Macbook, so I backupped all the files ONLY to the cloud storage provider using the method I just described. Of course this is my mistake, because as of this point I only had 1 replica of my data. So 1 point of failure.
Then I reinstalled OSX, everything went fine. Mounted the drive with webdav and right away mounted the vaults with Cryptomator. Then the folders were empty, I thought it just had to sync, but no. When I logged in to the cloud storage provider’s web interface, the vault’s directories were just a mere 60kb in size.
It turned out the service I used did not make backups on the plan I was on, another paid plan DOES make backups. Unfortunately they can’t get it back, and I don’t blame them.
I’m not sure about where things went wrong with Cryptomator. I have two possible causes:
#1 I should have waited a bit and not open the vaults right after mounting my webdav.
#2 I probably installed a newer version of Cryptomator, so that could be a possibility.
I really would appreciate some thoughts about how the vaults were purged. Because it’s quite a big deal, and at least I want to know exactly how this happened.
Thanks in advance!