I recently read a photographer’s post that she had lost all her photos when her hard-disk failed and didn’t do any backup. I knew then that I need to backup mine also, the last backup I did was in May 2013. Since then I took many photos, and used up 90% of my 2TB disc space. Last Saturday I went out and bought a hard drive backup, and only came home to find the blank black screen and the message that read hard-disk failure.
I called Dell and they said that they can come out and replace the hard-disk, and most likely I had lost all my data. I took it to Best Buy the next day to see if they can recover, and they couldn’t do it there. The technician said the ticking noise was too loud and they will have to send it off to a clean lab and it could cost anywhere from $250 to $1,600 plus. I couldn’t make up my mind at the time, and felt really bad that I wasn’t discipline enough to do a simple backup.
I called Dell back Sunday night, and they came out and replace my hard-disk on Tuesday. The customer service let me keep my old hard-disk after I explained my situation. I’m staring at my hard-disk right now, and can’t decide if I should send it off to recover my photos. I think deep down inside I knew I can’t put a price on my memories.