My hand got tangled up in some cables and I pulled my main external hard disc off the shelf and down on to my desk... while the disc was running. It's dead now.
The bad news is all my RAW photography files were stored there and not backed up. The good news is anything really important, for example the better shots from family weddings, would have been processed via Photoshop and saved as TIFF/JPG and I have them stored elsewhere. But all the RAW files I have EVER taken have gone.
Music-wise it's a better outcome. I last did a backup of my music library in February and since then I had added just a few albums, and those I had added were acquired at no cost; I can re-acquire them if necessary. I also had three or four albums I had recorded/copied from on-line streaming sources; I'm currently re-capturing them before my subscription expires.
I can't explain the feeling I experienced when that drive crashed to my desk. Depressing to say the least.
I 'Googled' disc recovery and it will cost maybe a little less than a hundred pounds... plus the cost of a replacement disc maybe. I need to review the photographs I actually have and check there are no significant gaps in the 'timeline'. Fortunately the loss to the music library is trivial.
I haven't ruled out disc recovery and I can sit on the idea and see what comes up that I have missed.
If anyone has recommendations as to which service might be a good one here in UK that could be helpful.