I have done the cardinal sin of saving photos, I have lost all the photographs (aprox 4000) I took on a once in a lifetime holiday to the west coast to celibrate my 60th birthday. I stored all the pictures on a new external drive (only for the drive to pack in after 2 months)with no other back-up in place, I did try one of the file recovery companies,only to be told they were unable to recover any of the photo's. I have no photo's to show for one of the best holidays I have had. I'm wondering if any photoforum member can help me replace the photo's I have lost I would be truly grateful. I spent 19 day and 3000 miles driving from San Francisco, San Deigo, Palm Springs, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Vegas, Yosemite and back to San Francisco, with stops at various places on the way. If any one can help me, I can put together a detailed route and places visited.