Hi everybody-- I need some big time reasurance here. I spent the last 36 hours throwing a major 2 year old hissy fit and I need to know that somebody has done this too... probably not to the same degree, but at least that somebody has at some point done this. Here's the story. Two nights ago I was using my Powerbook, which I frequently use on my couch, while I was watching TV which I normally do. (I also tend to use my laptop while using the potty--also something which I normally do--but that's neither here nor there.) But when I woke up yesterday, I noticed that a huge folder (yes, huge, about 20-30 Gigabytes to be exact) I had on my desktop was gone. At some point the night before, I must have dosed off and all I can think of, is that I deleted this huge folder. I also have a tendancy of keeping things organized and clean, so I probably unknowingly emptied my trash before I went to bed, but I can't quite remember doing so. I checked with my wife, who also shares my computer, and she wasn't sure if she may have done it--but by no means am I blaming her. But here's the problem. I never backed the folder up on my brand new 250GB external harddrive. I mean, forcryingoutloud, I bought the damn thing to back up THIS PARTICULAR FOLDER, but never got around to actually doing so. Once I realized it was gone, I shut my Powerbook off and took it into a computer tech shop who tried (unsucessfully) to recover the data. Everything that was retrieved was "corrupt". Please tell me somebody here in "Internet-land" has erased something very important before my head explodes. Also, if you have any other options, please let me know. Feel free to share your story here and you'll get all the sincere sympathy you want from me. Thanks for letting me vent. Greg PS: I'm going to purchase another back-up external harddrive and from now on I will be backing up all my files from here on out and then re-backing them up on the soon-to-be-purchased harddrive.