the old external hard drive finally died. and we had yet to purchase and copy over files to a new one. eight years of data is gone. j called a local store and it sounds like they would have to send it in for a minimum of $250. yikes. i have a few years on cd that we can copy over, but the last several were all just uploaded to a photo site. now we are looking at how to handle our photo/video/file storage in the future.
and we bought a new external hard drive this afternoon.