Request for Help from DH.N

I’ve been holding off on making this post for several days ’cause I feel awful about doing it.

There are so many updates to DetroitHockey.Net that I had hoped to launch already. The Fifteenth Season was supposed to be one where the site was kind of reborn. I still expect that to happen but given the momentum I had in September, I’m disappointed that I haven’t published any of the updates from my to-do list.

And despite the fact that I feel like I’m under-delivering, I’m asking for help from the community.

Sometime Christmas weekend, the hard drive that I store all of my site-related files on suffered a catastrophic failure. A bearing inside the drive appears to have burned out, making it inoperable. All data on it is inaccessible.

My latest manual backup of that data is from October and is incomplete. I’m still taking stock of what I’ve lost but at the very least I’m missing the original copies of my photos from two games, all of the video I’ve captured this season but not added to the site, any graphics I’ve updated since the backup, and countless other personal documents and files related to other sites.

If I want that data back, I have little choice but to send the drive to a data recovery specialist, which will cost more than I can afford to pay for it.

I’m asking the community for a little help with this. I hate to do it but I feel like it’s either ask for help or lose the data and this is worth a shot.

If you have the ability, please consider making a donation to DH.N.

I want to make clear that the site will continue to function whether I get the data back or not. No code was lost due to this because the most recent code exists on DH.N’s servers. The data loss may cause difficulties for me. It will mean fewer videos get added to the site. It won’t cause an outage or loss of existing functionality.

If, after a week or so, I don’t think we have a chance of raising the money needed to do the data recovery, I’ll refund all donations and look into other (less-reliable) options.

If there are any questions, feel free to ask. Thank you for your support.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.