So firstly, my MacBook's something-ma-bobby-insidey-parts broke and it wouldn't boot up a while back, so after a genius appointment I discovered I'd need to ship that out and get the insidey-chippety-stuff replaced for like $310.
The main problem is that because I couldn't start the computer up, there was no way to back up my data without pulling the internal hard drive out. So I'm really not a hardware person, but I did it anyway and read up on the process, basically get an adapter and plug the internal (200 GB) and an external (500 GB) up to some other computer and transfer all the files like they were on USB drives (cause essentially they are).
But all the stuff that should work isn't. The internal won't mount properly and therefore "can't be read" by my friend's Mac. So I intend to troubleshoot a bit more with high-high-up tech support first, and if that fails, go back to the professional data recovery route, which is flapping expensive.
So I was referred to Drive Savers, the #1 name in the business, which is why Apple endorses their service.
And on my estimate form, I listed 'Mudlet contents' as the top priority. (Yes, above the $2000 in purchased music)
So after I had a quote, I called to inquire further and the guy asked, "Mudlet contents?"
I said, "Yeah, Mudlet is a game client for a text-based game that I did a bunch of Lua work in."
"Ahhh, the ole MUDs!" he remarked, with a jocular amount of computer nerd.
Nonetheless, he says the actual end price of recovery is based on the complexity and success of the recovery. I assured him that it's probably a simple issue. Logical error with reading the device and not any actual lost data. And he says if everything is recovered, the total will be at the higher end of their $700-2700 range because of the success. I'm like 'yeah but no complexity' and he's like 'yeah but you could ship it for a free evaluation' and I'm like 'how bout just quote it lower cause I won't pay that much'. Eh.
So just posting here cause I thought you people would appreciate that. And does anybody have advice that doesn't involve self termination? (I've only started using the forums because I can't play)