Before I picked up my refreshed old hard drive, I picked up a new one. Isn't she a beaut? I chose a Seagate Backup Plus. I like the fact that it has a "dashboard" on my desktop and I can manage it easily.
Ben Franklins (this one is totally fake by the way)
was a huge plus. :D Worth every penny!!!
FYI- If you find yourself in this same pickle of thinking you lost data- 1.Under no circumstances should you ever "format" your drive. You will lose everything. When I was trying to solve this problem myself, my computer kept asking me if I wanted to do this. I learned the hard way a long time ago. Never. Do. It. 2. Before you send it to a Data Recovery Company that you find online (which I was very hesitant to do!!!) try finding a local computer "geek" like I did. You never know.. miracles do happen. :D 3. Upload all pics to a place like shutterfly.com as just one more safeguard so you don't have to worry about malfunctions on physical devices. :D!