bonus is getting 80%+ of what was on it, off, without much effort
suckage is having that last 20% include what's vitally important -- all my mail, f'rinstance, where much of my work lives
bonus is getting 80%+ of that with an accelerated software purchase, that was on the to-be-bought list anyway
suckage is finding that the remaining 4% includes all the mailing lists you've been archiving for years
why couldn't I have lost all the harvested pr0n and other random net-ritus, and had the *important* stuff stay whole? (hi, Murphy, it's been a while...)
I know all the backup rules -- and I've enforced them on my clients time and again -- and on myself, too, in the past... but somehow with the last couple of drive updates and computer changes, my backup routine has fallen to pieces -- and I have.... virtually none.
now I get to decide whether the small chance of recovering those key missing files is worth the $95 evaluation charge, and if that pans out, then worth the $700 or more that all the major data recovery shops charge...
lesson -- backups. and more backups. and if you *do* use an external disk with a laptop, make *damn* sure it's on the floor before you pass the machine to someone else.