So, for the last eight months I've had a 2TB external hard drive awaiting the first back up of my 17,000 photos from Lightroom. It's been sitting alongside the PC, tucked safely in its box.
Yes, you guessed it.
It continued to stay in the box, until last week, when I found myself with a corrupt HD and bingo! No more access to my snaps for the past 4 years!!
Calls to data recovery firms since reveal I'm to expect a fee of between $600 to $2000 to retrieve images (if they can even be retrieved)
Lesson: BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP everyone!
Don't think it can't happen to you! If you haven't got a backup plan get one!