i am really really pissed off right now. last night, i noticed an error on my external Seagate drive, saying it couldn't write the P:\$Mtf file and data was lost. i rebooted and the OS recognized the drive, and i was able to access my data. like an idiot, i didn't back up the non-backed up data, assuming that this error message was related to the RAM issues i've been having. i turned the PC off last night. i turn it on today, and got the same error, something along the lines of a 'write delayed error' or somesuch. bottom line is that no data was shown on the drive, except for the top-most directory; on one reboot i was able to see all of the folders, and i was psyched because i was gonna back 'em up, but all the folders were empty. i figured i could run the GetDataBack recovery utility, since that worked well on the WD500 that died about 3 weeks ago. nope. i get some exception error, as the program is trying to locate the damaged drive. it picks up my other drives, but not the one i care about, so i can't try to retrieve the data. what are my options? should i bite the (probably expensive) bullet and send it to some data recovery service? my photos from Mexico are on there, and i'd really like to have those. there's a bunch of other stuff too (including i think the Neurosis and Mastodon RAW files), and a bunch of ripped music that i can get back. basically, i have had THE worst luck...first the WD drive dies, then my RAM and/or MoBo slot goes wonky, now this...what the hell is going on????? lthumbsdown: any helpful advice is much appreciated.