wife wants to recover hard drive
February 26, 2012 6:07 PM Subscribe
Should I agree with my wife to spend $1000 or more to recover an external hard drive?
posted by ljs30 to human relations (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Several months ago my wife accidentally dropped an external hard drive. Now the hard drive won't work. She takes a lot of photographs and had a lot of her recent pictures on the drive which weren't backed up anywhere else. While my wife doesn't make her living as a photographer, she plans on someday trying to make some money doing it. She feels strongly that some of the pictures on this hard drive were very valuable and she might want to sell them in the future. Some of the pictures on the drive also had sentimental value. Beyond the pictures, there is nothing else important on the drive. We've both done a lot of research as to the cost of recovering the drive. We're looking at anywhere from $400-$2,000 depending on how severe the damage is to the drive. We won’t know until it’s worked on by a technician. The drive holds about a terabyte. My wife isn't sure how much space was being used. While I'd be fine with spending a couple hundred on this, I feel like anything above $300 is beyond the value of what's on there. We aren't having a major fight over this, but we're in a polite dispute. We make all our financial decisions together when spending more then $100 on something. I feel like this money could be spent elsewhere like towards a new computer in a few years, car repairs that may come up, money towards buying a house, vacations. I'd like to get some opinions from others out there. Do we go ahead and spend the money? Or should I convince my wife to let the drive go? It'd be really frustrating to spend $1000 plus on something like this. But to my wife, the pictures are important. What's your opinion?