Sniff, sniff!!!I am comforted somewhat in knowing that I have family photos up to March 2008 backed up on CDs, but everything else from March to December is no more. All our personal paperwork and saved files are adios, arrivederci, finito.
How does one recover from this? Well, I don't know yet, but I'll keep you informed. In the meantime, though, I am giving you all a homework assignment - go NOW and back up your photos and your files. "I already have them backed up on my computer, or on CD's" you might say. Well, my response is, so did we! Our external hard drive and CD's were our back-up, but obviously we put a little too much faith in hardware. Put your info on thumb drives. Put it on external hard drives. Put it on CDs. Make an extra copy. Make two extra copies and send one to a friends house. Take out stock in the CD manufacturer and buy an entire pallet of them from Costco. Don't risk anything!
Kevin is attempting to recover any files he can from our poor, lifeless hard drive as best he can. I'll let you know if there is any sunshine to report, although the diagnosis looks grim. Please pray for our troublesome hunk of plastic and metal! :)