I am relatively enthusiastic about backups. I tend to do full backups at least once a month for everything. I've got at least 5 terabytes of hard disk space -- probably more -- lying around my house. Every month, I also back up this website and my own website because I don't trust the automatic backups that the webhosts use. Hey, IRL I essentially get paid to be paranoid about computer stuff. So, yesterday, I'm cruising my website and I see a broken picture in my Yanagisawa album. No biggie. I'll delete it. I do. The entire Yanagisawa album goes *poof*. About 5000 pictures. Joy. Well, I did a backup a week ago, but let's see what the webhost's most current backup is. Ah. Two minutes ago. Maybe I'll be in luck .... Nope. Probably what happened is that the backup was happening at the exact same moment as I was browsing my Gallery. OK, so I'll see if there's a webhost monthly backup. Nope. From February. *Sigh* OK. Let me check my last month's backup I downloaded. Erm. Where's the Yanagisawa album? Did it drop into another directory? *Poof*? Last weekend, I uploaded about 2500 new pics into my Gallery, so I really have no desire to have to re-upload all my raw files (which would be my "last resort" backup). Is there something else I can do? Yes ... there's a utility in Gallery 3, the software I use, that can automagically rebuild all your albums. Also, if I do the rebuild, the little notes I put in some albums, like the sale price, etc., should be preserved, which isn't in my "last resort" backup. Sounds like a plan, then. So, I start the utility. Says I have 18,500 photos and it's rebuilding ... two files a second. That's 6.4 days. I've also got about 1/2 hour or so I've got to use to reset permissions on my webserver's directories.