So, I used to have this 300Gb external hard drive…

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That’s “used to have”, as in, it’s still taking up space in our house — but now it only makes a feeble ‘click-click-click’ sound when I try turning it on.

I haven’t plugged it in for years; but was looking to pull copies of the pictures I took when our house was being built… I got to capture what the walls looked like before the builders closed them all up with drywall — and specifically, where the wires, pipes, and ductwork are (so that I didn’t accidentally cut into one of them during renovations and repairs).

But, it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to provide those pictures to the new owner (we’re still shopping for one, as well as a new home for ourselves). The drive is dead, and it was the only copy of everything that was on it.

But I was just telling the woman that promised to Love, Honor, and Share My Broadband that it’s been so many years since I’ve backed up files to it that I don’t know what I’m missing. That’s a good thing, at least in that I don’t know what to mourn — I have little idea what I no longer have access to. But this was my backup drive for all the machines I’ve used up until about four years ago.

After that, I started using cloud storage more and burning things to DVD-R discs… not out of a deliberate plan to change my methods but because my backup drive was completely full.

Full of data that I have now lost.

At least I know the NSA can no longer read my files, either.

LINK: “Maxtor OneTouch III FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 Data Sheet” (

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