I did think it might be salvageable somehow, but it wasn't. I took it to our technician at work, and then to a specialized computer repair store and both said that it's too damaged and i'll have to fork a pretty penny to get the files back. That's when I decided to cut my losses and I re-shot all those stories again.
I guess I've become too paranoid. Since then I have made a concerted effort to back up all my data on hard drives, but I was still worried about all the old pictures and videos I have on some old external hard drives I've had for almost 10 years now. I think I have about 6 or 7 hard drives in total. I know, I guess I'm a bit of a data hoarder, lol. So seeing how vulnerable physical hard drives are I've decided to look into online back up, and man, are there a lot of option or what?
I spent my whole day today looking into this and here are a couple of good articles I read about online backups that I found useful. One is posted by About.com and the other is by PC magazine.
So I kept reading and researching, and I narrowed my choices down to two backup plans: Carbonite & Crash Plan+ . I thought I'd give both a try using their free trial periods so I started by installing Crash Plan+ first.
I'm not gonna go through these two plans since the articles go through them in details, but I personally liked Crash Plan because it has the ability to back up unlimited amount of data, and backing up external hard drives. I chose Carbonite as well because it was recommended by friends.
I downloaded Crash Plan+ first, it was pretty easy to install. I picked the files and folders I want to back up and the destination, and went from there. I was surprised to find out that the process is painfully slow! It's nice that the program tells you how long it will take to backup, and in this case it told me that it will take 3.4 months to back up 350gigs!! 3.4 months? really? Not sure if it's my internet connection, but yeah, I was thinking maybe I should try carbonite.
So I downloaded Carbonite and tried to backup only about 100gigs of photos/videos. On one hand it seems a tiny bit faster than Crash Plan but it didn't tell you how much time it will take. I have read somewhere that initially it will take about 24 hours to upload about 2-3 gigs.. again, painfully slow!! Seeing that it's not much different, I deleted Carbonite and went back to my Crash Plan+ program and thought I'll give it a try. even if it takes a long time at least I'll have a reliable backup.
In the meantime I've decided to buy another larger hard drive to back up my back ups, lol....