I’m a data hoarder; there I said it.
I’ve been taking digital photos since around 2002; over the years and many computers / hard drives i’ve moved, copied and added to a ‘temp folder’ countless image and video files. In the back of my mind i’ve always said ‘i’ll sort these later’, only to find that weeks and months pass, and as a result, the next batch of images have been added to yet another folder. Periodically I attempted to organise my photos and videos using Adobe Lightroom (and for a time it was really useful); the file renaming feature helped me organise into year, month, day folders (using the EXIF data embedded in the images). Unfortunately I forgot to backup my Lightroom catalog from a Mac during a reformat (dumbass) and after spending so much time organising in Lightroom I felt somewhat defeated.
More months and eventually years pass; my once organised directory of images had hopped around from external drives to cloud storage and back again, and as a result I had duplicated the main folder and in some instances added images and in others not. Disaster.