21 August 2009

I'm A Stupid, Dumb, Moronic Idiot

My hard drive died and the "geniuses" at the Apple Store said they could not recover the data.

I haven't backed up in probably 2 years. So I've lost so many photos I can't even tell you.

It's all I can do not to cry right now at work.

I thought it was nearly impossible to lose data! People are always like "even if you delete stuff, IT'S STILL THERE!" So why does this happen to me?!

I hate the world. And my dependency on computers...and my ridiculous sentimentality that makes my heart ache b/c I lost some pictures.

And I hate myself for not being more responsible with something that means so much to me.

The End.

PS I have a minuscule glimmer of hope in that maybe some of my nerd friends will be able to get something off of my old hard drive which I have asked to be returned to me. ::sigh:: Probably won't work, though.


MichaelK said...


I wouldn't give up hope. There's a very good chance the Apple employees are telling you that because the script tells them to, not because it's actually true.

Even if your friends can't get most of it back, there's still data recovery if you can get the money to throw at it... short of the platters being physically fried, the data's there; it's just a matter of how much money you have to throw at it.

DarkDragon247 said...

The is a company called "Ontrack" the usually save data from harddrives. Its way to expensive to let them do it, BUT they have a program called "Easy Recovery" which I used when my HD crashed and I was able to save 98 % of the data! I have no idea, if there is a similar program for Mac's but i would try. If you need help, drop me a line. Mailed u before.

Unknown said...

As a former tech, I agree with MichaelK and DarkDragon247. While there is some software available for the job, that only works if the drive is in good mechanical working order.

If there has been any hardware drive malfunction, you will have to send your drive to a company who you will have to pay to have them dismantle the drive and read the platters in their raw, naked form.

This is actually not that hard anymore, as long as there isn't severe trauma to the platters. If it's just the case that the motors stopped spinning the heads or something similarly trivial, you would be able to get ALL of your data back, which is actually fairly likely, as one of the only reasons for the platters to be damaged is for your heads to have crashed, thereby scraping against the platters and destroying the data.

As long as you are willing to pay, I would go for it. The best companies only charge you if they can actually recover any of your data. If they can't, they let you know, but charge you nothing. It's also not as expensive as it used to be.

While you're at it, get some decent backup software and a reliable external drive!