Well, I'm not pleased. My worst nightmare just happened (well, as far as photography goes). I had all of my photos stored on an external hard drive in an enclosure, along with all of my music, school documents (quite important, I'm going in to my last year of highschool next year, and I'm in the IB programme, so my courses consist of multiple years worth of material). This morning I took the enclosure apart for routine maintenance; dusting etc. and after removing the hard drive, I realized I didn't have any compressed air for dusting. So, I leave the hard drive sitting on my desk on an anti-static bag, close my office door, and drive to the store. When I get home, I find my door open, and find my external hard drive on the floor with a moderate dent in it, lying beside my fan (which had been on my desk) and my tripod. I immediately pick it up and asses what could have happened. I decided that it fell off my desk, bounced off my tripod sitting beside my desk, and hit the floor. Now, how did it fall off my desk... I ask my mom if she had been in my office, she said yes, that she needed some paper. Ok, she obviously wouldn't have knocked it off... She said she heard something fall and heard the dog startled right after she left, but she didn't think much about it. So, my guess is that the dog hit the fan (with his tail maybe?) which toppled over, and the cable from the fan dragged the hard drive off with it, bouncing off my tripod and crashing to it's death. I reassemble the hard drive enclosure, turn it on, and get nothing. I install it in my computer, and get nothing. I tried several things known to fix such problems, but nothing works. All of my photos (10000+), music (80gb+), and school notes (everything I had, since I take my notes on my laptop and then transfer them to the hard drive when they're complete) are gone. The school notes I can live with, I'll just have to work a little harder next year to catch up. The music is fine, that can be obtained again, but it's the photos that really upset me. Every neat thing I've seen, every documentation of important events in my life, and everything else that has been captured digitally in the past three or four years is gone. So many memories, so many joys, so many unique moments and lucky shots, all gone. I'm quite upset... The ironic thing is I had plans on copying everything over to a second drive for backup next week when I built a new computer, using the current drive as one disk in a RAID1 array, which would prevent (well, at least greatly reduce) the risk of any data loss. The moral of the story is, never trust technology with your memories and data. Always have everything important saved in at least two separate locations, or at least do something secure with it. Optimistically, as far as the quote in my signature is concerned, maybe this will give me a chance to develop my photography a bit (I would hope so, because as far as I am concerned, this is quite the negative). Now that it's summer I plan on doing some road trips and dedicating a lot more time to photography, especially now that I don't have any photos (Other than the very few I have stored online). I hope you all had a good non-demeaning laugh at my expense and maybe learned something, because I sure know I did... -David, the photo-less photographer.