All of my media is stored on a seperate WD elements harddrive all 400 gig of it, all my photos from 1977 onwards, movies song sheets etc. Hundreds of document files including 20 years research of family history. Today the drive failed to boot. the power supply (once fuse was replaced) showed a neon until the drive was plugged in then the light dimmed to a flash and blew the fuse again. I suspect the drive has siezed causing an overload. Is it the cold weather or terminal I've no idea. I have been in the habit of making an MPEG movie disk of the photos every year so memories not entierly lost, however I don't think I can take the photos out again as individual photos to use when posting etc. Can it be done? There are thousands of photos that were catagorised by date and occasion, easy to find on the hard drive, a few hundred are on photobucket and same again on dropbox, but loads of personal research documents, manuals etc are not backed up. to say I am totally pissed of would be an understatement. I spent weeks digitising videos before dumping them, now all gone months/years of my life gone in a flash is it time to give up the computer altogether?