My whole life was on that hard drive.
Recently, the hard drive that I stored all the Are You Serious? Podcast data and archives on suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure. The estimate from the data recovery lab to fix the drive and restore the data is an even $2000. That's $2000 that we unfortunately don't have, but need to quickly find.
To make matters worse, that hard drive also stored every single picture of my daughters, my wedding, live performances... everything. Memories that I can't get back until I pay for them. Yes, I know how irresponsible it was to not have backups of the data - that is something that will be rectified if/when I can get the drive repaired.
If you know me, even a little bit, you know how much it tears me up to lose those home movies and photos. We also lost every design program we have and all the projects we did, as well as all of our music in iTunes (also used in the show.)
If you can help, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Time for an update, this is not a solicitation for donations.
I got an email from the data retrieval company on Thursday night that I had results to review. I emailed them back and said I would be in touch as soon as I could, given my schedule. Friday morning, I get a call from my case worker. He said, "Oh, sorry, there's bad news. The engineer couldn't align the platters so he gave up. We made a mistake emailing you that there were results to review."
He. Gave. Up.
The worst part, not the terrible lack of communication, not the price for the job, not the amount of time - two months for a job they advertise as "fast"... the worst part was he offered to recycle the drive for me.
I was/am furious. How could he ask that? I just waited two months for results... waited for my children's pictures back and he asks me if I want to junk it? I said, "Ship it back to me. I want ten companies to say no to me before I give up."
I'm sending it to the manufacturer, Seagate. I'm going to use their data recovery service. If anyone can get it working, I'm thinking, it'll be them.
So, cash update - I'm out $300 non-refundable dollars and I'll be talking to my fifth tech company. Hopefully Seagate can resuscitate the data. Make the drive like this Bernie Wrightson illustration I copied to lean from - back from the dead.
A quick update: Today, I got a call from the lab and they are having alignment issues. New parts have been ordered and they expect success with the new reading heads. I will be getting in touch with everyone that donated (or will) as soon as I get the drive back and backed up.
Thank you all for your support. It means the world to me.
Of course, the subject matter is negotiable and not restricted to movies. I will then either mail you the actual work or scan it and email you the file - or both if you prefer.
The final illustration would, of course be more refined than the attached example. If you can donate, thank you. If not, all I ask is that you share and/or re-tweet this post.
Your donations really are appreciated in ways I can not properly express. With your help, I can recover from my stupid mistake of storing everything in only one place - a mistake I will not be making again.
To be sure, I really am not comfortable with asking for donations, but I convinced myself that this is a unique situation. Anyway, as the proverb says, "In for a penny, in for a pound."
Thank you for your help, consideration and for sharing the link.