Why recovery is the only thing...
Backups are important. I recently pointed to a really nice warning screen - every application should have that.
This recent news article points out why multiple redundant (and distributed) backups are relevant. My favorite quote:
"The lesson to be learned here is that you can't depend on having just one set of records or files and having your employees have access to them. You've got to have some kind of backup," Jefferson said."That is a lesson you don't want to learn 1 minute after the event... Fortunately for that company they got their stuff back - not via backups (there were none) but by disk forensics (unerase).
I wonder what would have happened when the disk failed? (not if, when). In hindsight their disgruntled employee did them a favor in a way - now they likely have a rock solid recovery plan in place.
I have a 250gb, 320gb external disk. I constantly image my laptop and desktop machines to both. I synchronize my desktop and laptop as well. Always afraid of the drives failing. Only a matter of time. I travel with the 320gb backup device.
Just this week, my daughter spilled a mug of hot chocolate in her laptop. Guess what happened :)
Have you tried a recovery today?