Oh my gosh! I’m screwed. I’m dead. I’m sooo dead. You guys have to help me. I won’t live through tonight. My SO. WILL. KILL. ME
I’ve been storing all of our priceless digital data in a backup drive in an external enclosure. It’s supposed to be a backup, but I’ve been getting ready to put everything in a RAID 1 NAS setup to keep things safe, so I had been MOVING stuff from the HTPC and the main PC into it in preparation. I ordered a small two bay NAS from newegg a few days ago and it was scheduled to arrive yesterday.
I even left a note out for the guy and included the tracking number and told him to please leave it in the hall. No go. The guy didn’t even leave a notice. He probably didn’t even get out of his truck. Thing is, this has happened before. I was actually home once and was checking on the status of a package I was expecting on the UPS website every few minutes. The status suddenly went from “out for delivery” to “Attempted to deliver, no one home”. The fuck? I was home! I went outside just in time to see the truck go by. Bastard.
So I was supposed to have had my NAS yesterday. I would have backed up everything and all our digital memories and documents would have been safe from hard disk failure at least.
This morning I wake up to move a couple of other things and I get an I/O error on the external drive. It appears to be toast. All our pictures, our movies (even the naughty ones!), everything. Gone.
This happened once before and it was my fault. I rebuilt a raid array using the wrong source disk and wiped the disk. Even data recovery couldn’t find it all. My SO nearly left me.
I’m so screwed. Not only will she kill me, but all my digital backups of my programs are in there, including license keys.
I’m going to try and take the drive out of the enclosure and hook it up directly to my PC. I’m thinking the motor is shot though, in which case only a data recovery company can help. But I hear they are super expensive, and I can’t afford that kind of expense right now. Specially since it seems I’m going to have to pay out of pocket for the infamous hospital visit I pitted last week (my insurance doesn’t want to pay and dealing with them is a time wasting nightmare).
Any advice? I’ve heard of people putting the drive in the freezer… or is that batteries?
Fuck UPS! My digital life wouldn’t be in shambles if it wasn’t for them!