Last week I was cleaning the dust out of the inside of my PC when I slipped and dropped it. Doh! After carefully finishing off the cleaning process I plugged the machine back in and I could hear a funny noise coming from my 1TB drive - the computer fail to recognise it was even connected (oh dear).
I have managed to retrieve some data that I had backed up to DVD a while ago and but there is some that is now (almost certainly) lost for good.
I suppose the one upside and it is a small one is that I got the chance to test the restore feature of Mozy, for several year I have used Mozy to backup data on my machine to a server on the internet - it is secure, it is offsite and most importantly you can set it to run and just forget about it.
The Mozy client program will sit in your taskbar and keep the selected directories or files backed up transparently to the user. You get 2Gb of storage for free if you want more you have to pay for it. The "gb of data I had backed up resotred flawlessly. I recommend you give them a go - if your pc dies you'll be glad you did.(either that or do some manual backups now!)