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Recently I was fiddling with my computer, re-organizing the wires and whatnot and hooking it up to a newer, more-suited surge protector. In the process I decided to remove one of the extra hard drives from the machine, as I wasn't using it and figured it would be better off without the added heat and power-draw.
In the process I unhooked my 300 gig secondary hard drive (a Segate internal drive I use to store my design work, picture and video files). Upon reconnecting it I failed to realize (since I was working without an adequate light source) that I had bent in one of the little pins on the drive. I guess the electricity shorted the hardware and now it's going to be somewhere around $2000-$3000 or probably more to get my important files back. I realize how retarded I am for not having a backup drive but up until this point I never considered it that immediate a need to drop the cash on it.
I don't think there's much advice that can be given in this situation, so my advice to you is to back up your data if you aren't already. I think I'm going to have to find the money for this somewhere, and I guess I won't be getting a car like I wanted to with the cash my new job has netted.
This whole thing is really unfortunate and I felt like I had to vent it now before cry to someone in the office.