I have for the first time in 20 years of using computers paid dearly for a backing up hiatus!
Over 2,000 Australian dollars!
I typically do complete backups irregularly to external hard disks prior to overseas travel and do not normally bother for domestic travel.
After a change of machine and needing to shuffle files between the two I had irregular backups this past year.
While returning my laptop to a backpack style bag 2 months ago I was distracted and the laptop feel flat on its lid. The machine was powering down at the time it fell, which must have exacerbated the problem.
The disk head dragged across the platter creating a scratch that left the disk unrecoverable by “cheap” data recovery methods.
I found a company in Australia who specialise in this work... [ Read more...