The dreaded visit to THE GEEK SQUAD...
I knew the hard drive on my SONY VAIO notebook was failing. That's why I replaced that computer with a large, inexpensive Windows 8 HP notebook before it was too late. I dutifully transferred my backed up data files then transferred my 10,000+ photos (many laboriously digitally acquired via flatbed scanner). I did it all just in time!
Or so I thought. The photos didn't transfer. The drive died at the next power up. SONY charged $50, all the while assuring me, "we can solve your problem." (Which they did if my problem was having $50 too much money!)
So, here I am with lil Honey, the Best Buy Geek, my Hail Mary pass.
I've just been informed that the files "won't populate" (a $99.99 fix for media backup), so the drive must be "sent off" for data recovery: minimum charge $500 for level 1 and over $1000 for level 3.
Level "0" for $0.00!
I shake lil Homey's hand, thank him for trying, tuck my tail between my legs and slink away.