please have patients with me... i know i have been stupid... Here is the scene... i have a seagate 1 tb hdd which is designated as my tm backup drive. i did the huge mistake of "moving" (yes moving!) my old iphoto library with 10 years of photograph on this drive along side the backup folder. now for some reason the drive wont mount since 2 days. disk utility indicates its corrupted! repair gets stuck for ever in "updating boot partitions in volume as required". I DONT CARE ABOUT THE TM BACKUP, but I need my 10 years of photograph back! i just thought that the one on the tm partition was an "extra" back up only to realise that it was the only one!!!!! i can't explain the panic. i know its just photographs but they mean a lot to me. i tried some free data recovery softwares and they do indicate the library is there but they wont let me recover unless i bought the paid version. i want to spend my money only on the best one for the mac, time tested sort of. also, on that note, if someone can tell me if its a good idea to buy a 4tb lacie cloud box nas storage for backup and also to keep data [movies etc...] or should i get a RAID one?