Some months ago I purchased an external harddrive for my laptop, in order to backup my important data including most of my digital images. Then, to cut a few steps from my post processing steps, I started working on my images directly from the external backup drive. Now I cannot access this 4 month old drive, get various different errors and cannot access my data. I’m extremely sad over the 1200 images I took during my recent trip to Europe to see my family. Although I have not given up on retrieving this data somehow, please do not make the same mistake I did. If you are using a harddrive to backup your data, you may want to buy another one to backup the backup onto. I’m very very sad over this, thought I would vent and hope this does not happen to you.