If you've been reading, you know that on January 3 the hard drive in my work computer failed. And here's the final outcome:
Dear Ms Becker,
I sincerely regret that we were unable to recover any data from your drive.
The drive sustained internal mechanical failure
causing the heads to collapse and creating severe media damage.
Please reply to this e-mail to confirm disposal of your unit.
Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your consideration.
With Best Regards,
Seagate Recovery Services
Turns out the hard drive was nearly 8 years old and failing. I did nothing wrong, it just plain died. If I had known it was that old I would have been much more careful about backing up. Oh, and the backup I made was corrupt because the hard drive was failing and wrote a corrupt backup. I know, right?!
So, this is really quite bad. I'm scrounging around for anyone I may have emailed the database (of nearly 11,000 names) to at any point. I recovered some emails (about 2,000 were still located on the server) and supposedly I burned a copy of my documents folder and gave it to my boss about 2 months ago. I'm waiting to receive those files to confirm that is true.
My job is not going to be fun for awhile. Many many hours to spend on recovery/rebuilding. So far I'm not a big fan of 2008. No, not at all.