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Written by Julia October 4, 2012
(if anyone was wondering, digital data is made from a series of zeros and ones, so ….)
I’ve been having some hardware issues. My laptop starting having some issues (it was as slow as molasses…), so I tried to be a ‘do-it-yourself’-er and google up some solutions. I backed up my hard drive, on my external hard drive and went on my merry way…
But THEN, after 4 Genius Bar appointments (and staying ’til close several times) at the Polaris Apple store, going home thinking that everything was fixed, I turn on my external hard drive to see that my EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE WAS FAILING TOO (and making it impossible to recover my data).
To make matters even EVEN worse, the new hard drive that I installed into my computer FAILED TODAY!
I’ve been trying to keep myself together as most of my more recent pictures when my family went on vacation over winter break are safe on my netbook that I won in a raffle at OSU (A PC, go figure), but I have some older pictures, like the vast majority of my pictures from freshman year of college and beyond that were stored in my iPhoto Library and are now corrupted files on my external hard drive. I love photography (as you can see here). I had tried copying over my pictures from my external hard drive (before that fails completely), but now here I am, with my memories in digital limbo.
I talked with a data recovery service that the Apple Store recommended, and their minimum charge was $700 (with the student discount…). I don’t even want to think of how much it would have been had they had to open up my hard drive in a clean room (which jacks the price even higher)… $700 would be if they plugged it in, and it just magically worked with no effort at all.
But those data recovery people get-ya. They quote their price, and then they try to mess with your head. Losing data is TRAUMATIZING, but they play this up and after they quote their ridiculous prices, they ask you “well, how would you feel if you lost all of your pictures?”
(can you sense the anger in my typing?)
As if I wasn’t mad enough, this guy was playing with my emotions to make this emotional sale.
I might have been tempted if I hadn’t already spent my money on a new hard drive and external hard drive and RAM to deal with the slowness. So I did more research instead.
I could tell that the guy knew I wasn’t going to send in my several failing hard drives at that price, so he sends me a coupon by email (act NOW and get $300 off your final price), although it conveniently for them did not include picture recovery.
This has been incredibly stressful for me in trying to find time to go get my computer repaired. I’m not too worried about school stuff though as I keep most of my current school files on dropbox (www.dropbox.com) or on google drive (formerly google docs), and I like to keep some notes in my evernote (www.evernote.com), which means that all of those things are safe… its just everything else that I’m worried about.
I guess I need to look into cloud storage…
Send me some tech luck because I really really need it :/
image credit: http://www.smartschools.ph/Libraries/Smart_tools/data-loss.sflb.ashx
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