Immediately we tried to see if it worked but it sounded stuck and would not be read by either of our computers. L took it to a hard drive recovery place to see if it could be fixed. The cost estimate for this work: $1000.
Was it worth it?
Well I had 15+ years of ALL MY PHOTOS and documents on this drive. Of course it was worth it.
Yesterday we got news that the drive was damaged beyond repair and not able to be recovered. (And no charge to us- no recovery, no bill)
15 years of tangible memories gone in in instant. Poof.
I'm incredibly sad over this. Yeah, "it's just photos" and I have the memories, but those photos were more than just that. I would look at them and they would remind me of more memories that I had forgotten over time- What CB looked like as a 10 week old pup, irreplaceable photos of my late grandmother and late great aunt.
I'm looking at this in 2 ways... First, I need 2 hard-drives to truly back up my data in case another catastrophe happens. Lesson learned the hard unfortunate way.
Second, it's a fresh start. While I love all the photos I took of places, many from a period of my life brought a gray cloud over my head because of the abusive relationship I was in at the time. Now they are all gone and I don't have to be unintentionally reminded of the bullshit I put up with for so long while looking at pretty photos of mountains or Mexico. Silver lining?
So here's to only the happiest of memories going forward.
And ps: go backup your blog, your photos, your files- anything important to you in at least 2 places RIGHT NOW.