Originally posted by googlefudge
My OS's and programs live on SSD's, my data lives on a much larger HDD and BACKUP drives.
It's that last bit that is vital, because I have seen entire systems totally trashed with all the drives
of any sort put beyond all but the most expensive data recovery by a simple power surge.
Yeah, they want megabucks to retrieve data from ruined sources. I had an Olympus pocket sized vocal recorder and it died, but I didn't know if the sound was stored in the internal memory or in the micro SD card you insert. I called a data retrieval service and they said, between $500 and $2000 to get the data out, IF they could do it at all.
I got a microSD to regular SD adapter for $4 from Newegg and I lucked out. There was 10 gigabytes of audio on the little SD card! I couldn't remember if I had set the recorder to always send audio to the SD card but it turned out I had, one smart move I didn't even remember doing🙂
So I dodged a big bullet there! I used that recorder for a rough draft record of new tunes I compose on guitar or mandolin and such. They were all there, tunes I had composed a couple of years ago and would have for sure lost forever had I not recovered the data. Also had long talks by my mom, she is 95 years old and I wanted to get as much of her story down before she died. It was all there.