As in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It would solve a lot of problems.
As I approach the 1000th post on Daily Photo, I've been gathering the source files for that archive from my various disk drives. It has been an alarming eye opener to see the state of my archive.
One startling fact is that, even though I am moderately compulsive and one of the more organized photographers I know, I lose pictures. As in poof, gone. I had a major hard drive failure a couple of years ago, which took out a swath of data, and I am a big believer in triplicate backup now. Nonetheless, there are gaps in the record over the three years that I've been shooting digital.
A workflow problem I've been struggling to overcome is the issue of using more than one computer to ingest and process images, and managing multiple portable hard drives on location. Keeping the main archive synchronized has been a big headache, and I've royally messed up sometimes. Once I overwrote a half day's shooting on a hard drive, not realizing that two identically dated folders held different images, and I deleted the backup after I thought it was safely on the desktop. I didn't realize my mistake for months afterwards, and after the portable hard drives had been through multiple reformat cycles and the images were long gone from the laptop.
A weak link I didn't know I had is my archiving protocol from cr2 to dng. I just found an entire day's worth of shooting at Williams College, in 2007 no less (by which time I thought I'd worked out the wrinkles in my workflow) that never made it into the conversion queue. I have the original raw files on DVD, and I'm adding them back in now. I only caught this by wondering why there wasn't a link to the original file in my Iview Media Pro archive.
Then there were the three dozen corrupted dng files that Bridge wouldn't open. Again, I restored this from a backup on an optical medium. Another time I couldn't find one raw file, but I knew I had a Photoshop derivative on a DVD. But my Mac wouldn't open up the file, telling me the data on that file (and only that file) was corrupted. My old PC read the file just fine however. It makes me wonder what other disks burned with previous DVD burners are going be troublesome in the future.
There is no end to this problem, so far as I can see. Caring for a digital archive is a little like caring for something that's alive. Ignore it, and your data will die, either because the storage is ephemeral, or, more likely, because technology will abandon the medium (look at the problem we have reading Photo CD files).