Reading about the current problem where the iPad version of Lightroom has apparently destroyed many iPad users media and the media cannot be recovered frightened me. Someone who shot thousands of pictures on a months vacation lost them all, permanently.
Now of course we all know better and take appropriate precautions…
But it did remind me again how vulnerable I am to my mistakes or Mylio’s bugs. Undo has a limited ability to fix things, and Mylio has unlimited ability to mangle every copy of all my files. Years ago I experienced Mylio bugs that forced me to re-import all my Aperture files several times (glad I kept them). Since then only a few batches of mangled files have hit me, but I would feel much better with some way to recover from a catastrophe.
Keeping an offline vault as a kind of archive makes me feel better, but there seems to be no documented way of restarting Mylio with that as a new basis, and the catalog presents particular problems since there is metadata that only exists in the catalog - like any changed video metadata - and for a NAS vault the catalog does not exist on the NAS, just the Mylio servers. If the catalog can’t be salvaged, a lot of work is lost even if the media persist.
My current strategy is to clone a USB vault, the Mylio Support files, and the Mylio app, but I have never had the nerve to test this. I also keep another non-Mylio drive with all my originals added to it during import and never changed, kind of a write only repository, and it has definitely rescued me a few times even though I had to recreate any metadata that had changed.
I would like to see Mylio Support some sort of archive or versioning that could be used in case of a catastrophic problem that impacts the catalog and all the vaults. The Lightroom bug made me feel like I’m walking on thin ice.