My whole life was on that hard drive.

$1,160 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 33 months
Christopher Bricklemyer  PEABODY, MA

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.
Chris

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Update 5
Posted by Christopher Bricklemyer
31 months ago
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Hi,

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.
Bring the hard drive back to life!
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Update 4
Posted by Christopher Bricklemyer
32 months ago
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Hi everyone,

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.
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Update 3
Posted by Christopher Bricklemyer
33 months ago
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While I wait to hear back from the data recovery lab, I thought I would add a new "reward" level. For a donation of $35, I will draw, ink and if you want, color a 5X8 movie themed illustration like the one in the image attached.

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.

Thanks!
Blade Runner sketch
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Update 2
Posted by Christopher Bricklemyer
33 months ago
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Support has been more than I could have hoped. Even though I'm far from my goal, every little bit helps to defer the burden of the surprisingly expensive recovery. The work is being done right now to replace the broken parts and soon they will be able to tell if there was any corruption to the data. Hopefully within a week I'll have everything back.

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.
Nova and Ripley helping with the show.
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$1,160 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 33 months
Created July 3, 2014
Christopher Bricklemyer  
$5
Producer
Everyone that helps (at any amount) will become an Are You Serious? Podcast producer and get a special thanks on the show.
$10
Producer
Everyone that helps (at any amount) will become an Are You Serious? Podcast producer and get a special thanks on the show.
$15
Content advisor
You get to pick a story a week for a month that we will cover on the show.
$20
Promotional
You have something you want us to promote? Send us the info and we'll talk it up!
$25
Producer
Everyone that helps (at any amount) will become an Are You Serious? Podcast producer and get a special thanks on the show.
$30
Film reviewer
Choose 4 movies that you want Frank and I to review at length on the show, over the course of a month.
$35
Original sketch
I will draw an 8 1/2x 11" movie themed picture for you. Black and white, all pencil, or with color if you would like.
$40
Themed
You choose the theme of the episode. Decide what you want covered and we will tailor an episode based on current news and events.
$50
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Everyone that helps (at any amount) will become an Are You Serious? Podcast producer and get a special thanks on the show.
$75
Commentaries
You like commentary episodes? Pick two movies and we will record full length commenatry episodes.
$80
Audio book
If you have a favorite short story (or two) that you would like made into an audio book, we can do that.
$100
Producer
Everyone that helps (at any amount) will become an Are You Serious? Podcast producer and get a special thanks on the show.
$500
Your agenda
All the rewards rolled into one package and extended. The show would basically be yours to program for four whole months.
$10
Rod Barnett
31 months ago

This is Rod from the NaschyCast and I just had to help out on this. I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose this stuff - the possibility of losing the photos of your kids has to be the toughest. Hope this little bit helps.

$35
Anonymous
32 months ago
LS
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Leroy Scott
32 months ago

It's my pleasure to make a second donation. Best of luck Chris.

RM
$25
Rob St. Mary
32 months ago

All the best from 1/2 of The Projection Booth crew! CHEERS!

RS
$35
Rhys Stacpoole
32 months ago

Good luck

DM
$20
Dusty McGowan
32 months ago

Good luck. I heard the whole story and am happy to do whatever I can to help.

$12
Anonymous
32 months ago
$80
Anonymous
32 months ago
JS
$10
Jeremiah Spence
32 months ago

Love the shows. Hope you get everything back!

EI
$10
Emily Intravia
32 months ago

Lots of luck with the recovery!

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