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My external hard drive crashed today. Taking with it everything I've been working on for the last 10 years... an unexpected twist in my day, and, in my direction in life... and interesting hurdle.
Surely it can be recovered? I'll take it to the Geek Squad soon...
But if not?

Reflections on this event, and my ignorance as to the fragility of my hard drive, and also my ignorance for not having a back up... really puts my head in a state of shock.

To start over? At 42?
Did it all really have any value to me other than a terabyte of collected works and information that may or may not have essentially become a digitally woven security blanket?

If it IS all lost..
What now?

Losing a decade of work - writings, art, music, songs, videos...
It's like a fire that burns down your home, only it's your soul that burned up...or is it?
Is it good to have a clean slate?

Jayknostic 5 Jan 17

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Been there, done that. (Spilled my New Castle on the keyboard.) But luckily my computer guru friend was able to retrieve most of my data. Good luck.

Nena Level 6 Jan 17, 2018

That is a tough one. If you have friends that work in the government they have ways to recover it. Just convince someone that there is details about a crime on it you might get some help recovering it. There is a company that will recover it I have not had a need to use it and do not know the name. I had ran across it looking for ways to recover lost data on a broken thumb drive.

Haha nice!... something to think about ๐Ÿ˜‰


If you ae very lucky it is only the case and its electronics, also sometimes they come good briefly, dn't you do it but your tech may stick it in the freezer, for enough money it can be recovered, but most of us don't have that much money.

Yeah... see, that the other issue.. the money :/.. (*sigh) then, it becomes a question of, how much is my work worth to me?? ... I'm in no position to pay a lot for the recovery...


I do believe its possible to find what you lost


I have backups of my backups. Iโ€™m terrified of losing stuff again.

I started collecting jump drives. One for pics (well Iโ€™m on my second nowโ€”grandkids triple the amount of pics you take ๐Ÿ˜‰), one for movies, one for books, one for games, one for writings, journals, and other paperwork, etc.

I see people buying these terabyte and multiterabyte drives. All I think of is how if it goes, you lose everything.

I can get 64 thing jump drives for ten bucks now.

It could be a positive, as you said, with a clean slate.


I am not computer savy but now I'm looking into a backup. So sorry. Hope they can recover.


Wow. You lost a lot of work. That really sucks. I hope they can fix it.

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