Ok. So, I have been taking amatuer photos for about two years now, not professional or anything just stuff I love. I had over 50 gb of photos on a hard drive and the thing won't work anymore. I have not dropped it or misused it in anyway. The computer store is basically telling me I have to fork out 500-3500 dollars depending on how much time it takes to work on. So, now I have to wait until I save up 3500 dollars before actually trying to get my photos back. To prevent this happening again, what should I store my photos on? I thought the hard drive was the best idea, large capacity, doesn't junk up your computer, and small. How do you store your photos? ANd don't be like me, if you do use a hard drive back your photos up on thousands of CD's I guess. Let me know what you think. Thanks.