Ever since my owl study began (over 3 years ago) I have amassed an amazing amount of data, so much in fact that I have filled my 160GB external hard drive with it! There is my very impressive bespoke database which holds all the specific info on each individual owl site so far located, along with this there is a record of every individual sighting I have ever made (thousands of them). There is also all my breeding locations, contacts, meeting notes, maps etc etc....... Oh and not to forget all of my images, over 17,000 of them!!!
Last weekend my hard drive died, taking all my info with it!!!!!
I have since taken it in to a couple of local computer outlets to see if the data is retrievable but the story was the same, "sorry there is nothing we can do, the hard drive has failed, I should have backed it all up".
I have now sent it off to an expert who specialises in this type of data recovery, they can't guarantee they can help, the data could all be lost forever! If they can help I know it's going to cost me an arm and a leg, the initial quote was at least £300.00................WHAT!!!
I now have my fingers crossed they can help, I hope you have too!