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Had a catastrophic failure in the monster computer I built back in February of 2015. I totally lost the 2TB partition on my internal hard drive, then the ENTIRE 1TB external HD and a day later all access to the internet. I lost a fortune's worth of pics and videos but at least my music can be retrieved through iTunes.
I refused to upgrade from Win7 to 10 since I had messed with it before but in a new computer you have no choice. What used to be simple now becomes a nightmare of research, trial and error to change. It took me 2 days to finally lock Firefox in as my default browser since MS Bing kept elbowing itself in no matter how many times I tried to change it. I finally got that working the way I like, but I'm sick of this OS that's forced on us. It didn't get any better, just more confusing.
Be on standby, @WoodiE. I'll probably be hitting you up for advise.
 
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Did you not have a backup of that drive? I've been bit before, so I always keep full images of my hard drives. If a drive completely dies, I simply order another, and restore that image and it's just like it was.

A lot of the BS bloat with Windows 10 is solved with Classic Shell. Gives it the look and feel, and knowing where to find things of Windows 7.

My biggest complaint with 10 is that unless you're running a pro or enterprise license then a lot of the admin level stuff has been removed. Being in the IT industry, I know why they took that stance, and I freaking hate admitting it, but it was the right thing to do in a world full of morons that take zero steps to protect not only themselves, but everyone else that may be affected by their laziness or unwillingness to keep up to date on security patches.
 
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I haven't had any insurmountable W10 issues. Upgraded my W7/w8/w8.1 all up to W10. I have 2 laptops and 2 desktops all running W10. All have an SSD for the main drive and the desktops have secondary drives for storage. I mirror the main drives manually to an external backup I can drop into each machine once a month or so since they are SSD, just in case they die on me and I need to get back up in a hurry.

The only issues I've had is with drive sharing. One of the updates a month or so ago forced me to reshare everything again on my media server, and setting up permissions from my main PC to the media server which can be a bit tedious.

I have gone through and shut off all the monitoring/tracking stuff on all of them though as suggested by many sites. I don't use the metro screen at all on any of them either. On my main PC, I have 3 versions of FF installed (for work reasons) with the latest (quantum) as my default browser. I don't recall it being that big of a pain to set it as the default.
 
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One of the first things I did, out of sheer frustration, was to do a little research and come up with the Windows Shell program. I've changed a few of the major irritations with more to come. Unfortunately, the external HD WAS my backup drive but I had removed the files from my computer once I stored them there. So....no backup.

No, WoodiE, I haven't formatted the drive but I won't send it out for attempted retrieval since I have all my personal and sensitive information stored in it, also. If I sent the drive out to be checked, I'd be dealing with my identity being stolen, my bank accounts being drained and my credit cards being maxed out. ALL my info was in it including PIN numbers.

I can replace it, but I can't share it. The biggest loss is my photo folders but most of my important ones have been processed from RAW and are on CDs, my tablet and a few forums. Some others I can get back from people I emailed them to.
 
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No, WoodiE, I haven't formatted the drive but I won't send it out for attempted retrieval since I have all my personal and sensitive information stored in it, also. If I sent the drive out to be checked, I'd be dealing with my identity being stolen, my bank accounts being drained and my credit cards being maxed out. ALL my info was in it including PIN numbers.
Sure if you send it to some random Bob down the road who's cousin knows a thing about computers, yeah that might be a concern. Any reputable data recovery company is going to have strict controls and access on the data recovered.

At any rate take a look at something like Backblaze (or similar) for your backups in the future. You'll be at a much less risk of losing your data.
 
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Sure if you send it to some random Bob down the road who's cousin knows a thing about computers, yeah that might be a concern. Any reputable data recovery company is going to have strict controls and access on the data recovered.

At any rate take a look at something like Backblaze (or similar) for your backups in the future. You'll be at a much less risk of losing your data.
^^This is spot on. I worked for a company that dealt with hundreds of thousands of customers PII (personally identifiable information), and we've had drives recovered before. There's a reason that is costs so much money to have it done, and that it's a last ditch hail mary solution. It's because the company that handles the recovery is held to strict standards of data integrity. It's literally safer than buying things off the internet.
 
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