Last November 17, the server HDD failed and our hoster apparently provided zero effort in recovering any data. Daily backups were still on the same HDD, so the last backup that was in possession of the admins was from November 3.
After some weeks of radio silence, our admin iR0b0t finally informed us of the situation. It then took him another 2 months to finally bring back the site again on February 5. It still remains unclear why it took him so long to bring back the site, but what matters now is that the site is back up and that steps have been taken to prevent this from happening again: We are on a better server now with RAID1 and daily backups. On behalf of iR0b0t, Jesus, God, Satan, the Deutsche Post and everybody else involved in this calamity, we wish to apologize for the sudden downtime and thank you for your patience.

We want to ensure you guys that is here to stay. It's now been 10 years since we started our journey (nostalgia trip) and a lot has happened in those 10 years: Many people have come and gone and a lot of new systems and information have been added over the years. Many thousands of hours have been put into creating a database with information on many thousands of video game-related optical discs. Cataloging and preserving this history seemed like an impossible task when whe initially started out, and even though the project always remained somewhat small and obscure, we can still conclude that a lot of things have been accomplished in those 10 years and that many of the games that we love and cherish are now preserved in our database. Many systems can now be considered "reference sets" and have regions now that are probably over 95% complete, including PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Gamecube (Europe and USA) and Xbox (Europe). The (Japan) region continues to catch up, thanks to a small group of dedicated dumpers who continue to add new dumps each week. Then there's also IBM PC, our largest and most convoluted system, which also continues to have a steady stream of rare and not-so-rare discs added to the db each week.

A huge thanks goes out to all the people who contributed to our database over the past 10 years, and we look forward all the new contributions from new and existing members in the years to come.

It's really nice to see the database and the forum back again smile
I was wondering if the posts, new disc submissions and all the other info posted/submitted between the crash and the last backup was lost...

"Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?"

Only RSS data in public RSS readers has survived after the 3rd November, so, what wasn't in RSS is lost. And I wasn't able to find the RSS data with the forum posts for that period, so, no luck there, either.

Thanks to iRobot for bringing the site back up.

As Jackal said, thousands of volunteer hours have gone into making this database.

A rough low estimate of 1h per dump (acquisition, dumping, language check, submission) means that I've personally spent a year, 40h/week dumping games.

Between all the dumpers, admins and moderators, this database has millions of dollars worth of time spent on it.

That's a database worthy of a solid backup plan.

Welcome back! PVD seems broken

This winter is going to be 7 years since I started dumping games. Time passes fast.

Glad to see the site be recovered. smile