This is a story of what not to do with your external hard drive that has every picture you’ve taken on your travels for the last 11 years on it. A few months ago, I had my hard drive sitting on my coffee table. My dogs, darlings that they are, managed to knock it off. It no longer worked. I was crushed. I took it into a repair shop and they informed me it was just the casing that was damaged. They checked my data, everything was fine, I got a new casing, problem solved. I came home and immediately backed up all my photos on another, much smaller drive. Unfortunately due to its size, I could fit all my photos except the travel folder onto this other one. “That’s OK.” I told myself. “I’ll get a new one at Christmas to back everything up – this old one will be fine for a few more months.” Oh what a naive thought.
Flash forward to just after Christmas. I’m going to pull a few photos off my hard drive, that I have carefully placed in a spot the dogs cannot access, but my computer doesn’t recognize it. What? How can that be?? I literally haven’t moved this hard drive since I got it back. I ask my friend Keith to look at it. He has no luck. So I take it back to the repair shop and they thankfully agree to look at it again, free of charge. 6 days later I get a call. My hard drive is dead. They can probably extract the data, but it will need to be sent to a clean room out of state which will cost me $1049. !!!!!
I spend the weekend debating what to do. I berate myself for delaying purchasing a new hard drive. Why didn’t I also just suck it up and buy some storage in the cloud? That’s an insane amount of money to pay for something I didn’t need to pay for! I research other ways to recover my data, but anything cheaper runs a higher risk of being unable to recover the data. In the end, I realize that the idea of spending that much money makes me feel less sick to my stomach than the idea of not having those photos that I can never replace. I bite the bullet and asked them to send it to the clean room.
I don’t expect to have my hard drive back for at least another week. There’s a really good chance they will be able to recover the files, but until I know for sure that they are safe, I literally feel like throwing up. I was planning to start telling you about my trip to Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey in 2013 this week, but as of right now, I can only hope that I will be able to post them at some point in the future. In the mean time, I do have those non-travel photos on my other hard drive, including a trip to Vegas in 2007 to see the Return of the Spice Girls show. I apparently decided that went into the Concerts folder instead of the Travel folder, so those photos are safe. And you lucky people will now get to read all about it! After that, I’ll probably put together a few Bucket List posts of places I’m dreaming of.
It’s not exactly what I had planned, but at least it’s something. Nothing like flying by the seat of your pants! So say a little prayer for me, if you have a moment, and hopefully we can return to our regularly scheduled programming next week!