It has not been a good week. My hard drive crashed on Thursday. Took it to a tech service place & they tried everything they could but to no avail. I could send it out to one of those data recovery firms but the cost would be $2-3K. That's no guarantee they'll recover, either. I was in the process of updating my backup procedures so I don't have recent backups of everything. I've got two businesses worth of data on there but I'm having trouble retrieving a lot of the files from my backups. The DVD they're on may be corrupt. One thing that I know is gone is all of the construction pictures of my shop and all of the pictures of my boy Sam since he was born. That hurts. I do have a backup of all photos as of August so that's good. All other personal stuff is gone. I can't even get my mind around all the stuff I've lost.
Not looking for any advice here. Don't even know why I posted. If you depend on your PC as much as I do, be sure to have a good backup plan. And test your recovery process.