Friday, August 01, 2008

Yahoo Mail is not data storage

When I left CU, there were emails that I wanted to keep. I couldn't find a way to download them onto my computer and burn to a CD or transfer to an external drive, so I opened a yahoo email account and forwarded all of those emails over.

Do not do this.

If you do not log in to your yahoo email account for 4 months, they inactivate it. They delete everything. Everything. And they bounce any incoming emails.

So 10 years of email in my life are gone. Because while I thought I had read the fine print, apparently I didn't.

I suppose it's all for the best. Did I really want to look back on anything that happened during that time in my life?

That was 10 years of my life. Actually yes. Now I need to look into better data storage methods. Methods better than Yahoo Mail.


fishlamp said...

I've had so many issues with Yahoo Mail, over the past few years, that I just gave up using them altogether. Their recent changeover (new design and UI) left me in a similar situation (to yours) as I lost every email I had saved with them. And it was my personal account too, not a generic one I use for online activity.

It was so bad that it even had me considering leaving all Yahoo services, but then I realized how much I would miss Flickr.

C-Belle said...

*horrified gasp*

Checking all my old yahoo email accounts now...

searchingforMrDarcy said...

I lost it all too. Life wiped everything when I had it forwarded to gmail. They were like, oh we only forward the new stuff. Grrr!
Corse since the thought of grad school actually turns my stomach not such a loss I guess.