I'm sure most if not all have experienced this, the loss of a hard drive.
In this case, it was "Drive #3" on my MacPro computer. It was the drive that I used for ALL of my original composition sequencing projects since I owned this computer (purchased in the fall of 2007). What was ironic is that I was using that particular drive to "back up" my video hard disk drive (Drive #4) which was getting full. During that "back up" process, it ceased to work. The computer doesn't even recognized it anymore. OUCH!!
And. . . doopey me. . . I did not back up my sequencing projects. At present, they're lost. Luckily, I DID back up the mix-down of my sequenced compositions. Oh! I still have the the compositions all written down on manuscript paper. But hours and hours and hours of work is lost (at present). I plan on taking the broken hard drive to a computer repair shop in hopes that they can retrieve the data. I ain't going to hold my breath, though. This wasn't the first time that this happened to me. The last time I lost a hard disk drive and took it for repair, they were not able to fix the drive and thus not able to retieve the data.
Ouch. . .
So. . . FOLKS. . . please learn a lesson from this very doopey fella: BACK UP YOUR IMPORTANT PROJECTS! (Don't pull a "Ted" and neglect to back up your precious music. )
Sigh. . . . .