Unfortunately they are far beyond recovery. Parts of the reflective surface are completely gone. I had about 300 CDs and DVDs backed up on that hard drive. I made a point of buying a HD with a 5 year warranty and leaving it sit basically unused. One day I went to watch a movie, the DVD was no good so I tried to watch it on the HD. Smelled something burning and pfftb. Thank you ever so much Western Digital for honoring the warranty and kiss my ass for blowing off all my archives. And oh yes, I had three bids for recovering the data on the HD. The lowest was a measly $8,000
In forlorn hope I contacted my techy whom I haven't been in touch with in over 2 years. By any chance did they do a back up of my storage drive? When? Dunno. 2 years ago, maybe 3. Any idea what was on it? Lots and lots of videos. That was no good. Can you give us the name of a specific file? Better yet, a series of folders in a root directory with unique names? The more unique the better. We wracked our brains for the past two days. Oh! ISOs and Progs. And Morrowind.
This AM email. Found your data. Have a blank 1 TB hard drive available?
Wow, depth of feild, flowers, evergreens next to mushroom trees. That looks beyond modded Morrowind and into new game engine.
Cute character. Bosmer?
p.s. BTW, I hope things are well between you and techie. Two years is enough to entirely lose touch. Wish I had a remote techie. Yes I am envious.
p.p.s. For the future, I recommend multiple (external) hard drives for redundant rotating backup. I've got three (used to be four but one pooped out). Every month (or so, yeah I get lazy) I backup to a different drive.
p.p.p.s. IIRC, Western Digital was bought by Seagate a few years ago (or was it that Seagate was bought by Western Digital?). In my experience, Seagate is poo, and this may have spread onto Western Digital. Not sure what drive I'd recommend, but certainly stay away from those two brands.
That's the Morrowind Overhaul MGSO. Every inch of VVardenfel is revisited. No yucky ashlands. All has been landscaped. The game runs great on our wuss computer. That's the Bosmer redo of the PC. Techy told me to go entirely by length of warranty in my price range for HDs. The HD that died was a Western Digital black with a 5 year warranty. It died after 3 years. The replacement got an extra year so it's got a 3 year warranty. The HD that died was my backup that was never used. I did a data shuffle, cleaning up the drive it backed up. When I went to restore the data from the backup was when it died. Right now the computer is running on a 240 GB SSD drive which is a squished copy of the original which is on an old 500 GB drive that's unplugged and sitting in a drawer. I've budgeted for a replacement 240 GB, $35, next month. I like Win 7 booting in 12 seconds.
Okay, this is weird. Very very weird. I forgot what I had done with this character. Get her going again and WTF??? !!!!? I had put everything into playing with potions and some spells, doing profiteering transactions, getting her some fancy duds to make her go zoom, then did the main quest line.
And so, meet my under developed wimpernel. Firepower wise, she hits like a snowflake. But she's the Hortator. She's got the stats of a... a 6th level character in everything but mixing potions and some smooth talking sale ability but she's the Nerevarine. She can handle her own against rats and kwama foragers. She can out swim a slaughterfish, but she's got the stamina of a field mouse with a heart condition.
She this is a pure backwards character. She's filthy rich, and training challenged. She's never yet fully explored a single dungeon. She's got an unarmored rating of 212 and if she equips any armor at all that plummets like a rock. She's an archer, Bosmer - natch, and she's got her mitts on an unenchanted Daedric bow from gads knows where, so she can kick butt amongst the more wussy crowd, except of course, her stamina bar is perpetually blank.
Now the challenge is going to be get training, experience points, rocket up 40 or 50 levels, and not get killed several hundred times in the process. I just took her for a little jaunt completely around and across Solstheim doing the zig zag thing and saved with an interesting assortment of bears, Rieklings, Bristlebacks, wolves, Fryse hags, reavers, smugglers, berserkers and a Spriggan hot on her tail. And zero stamina. At this rate she's going to add a third feather in her sombrero: the pollution lady of Nirn, leaving a trail of empty stamina potion bottles wherever she goes.
VAMPIRE? Where the hey did he come from? I guess I picked the wrong location to start her career in dungeon diving. New plan! Hitting up every trainer she can find and polishing her personality skills. A slow walk around VVardenfell. Not sure how to handle leveling up.
Well, if you have good alchemy and are rich, you can use the alchemy skill to turn your character into a godly tank. It's not so much cheating as it is taking advantage of in-game bugs. Step up to an NPC that sells the ingredients of a fortify intelligence potion (which NPC? I forgot who and where, sorry ). Make like twenty or so. Drink them all, immediately, stack them. Right away, make twenty more. Notice this second batch of potions have higher stats? Drink them all at once. Repeat. Every iteration your potions will be much more powerful and of a much longer duration. When I last did this, I had Fortify Intellgance potions that lasted for a week (or more?).
Now that you have made yourself into a super-intelligence with mad godlike l33t alchemy potion-making skillz, make restore health potions. Congradulations: each restore health will continually restore your health. For weeks. Even during combat.
p.s. Don't make water-walking potions after doing this. Swimming will become impossible because the water-walking effect will last for weeks. It's a bad idea.
p.p.s. bonus fun: fortify strength so you can carry everything in your inventory
In the mages guild in Balmora every chest has been filled with a vast assortment of stuff, from pure junk to artifacts from my playing 3 years ago. I made some super intelligence potions to enchant things with. Speed outfit, unarmored outfit. I've forgotten how I made most of that stuff and apparently all my focus had been on enchanting, not making potions like you said.
So take the unarmored gear. Put on, check effect, remove if not high enough and repeat. She's got unarmored of 230 right now. And she's got a Daedric strength shield that can raise her strength to 700 something. And wearing it her armor rating plummets by about 50 points.
And then all the junk. There is about 40 or 50 items that no store owner on Nirn can afford to buy. Last night by pure dumb luck I did in some turkeybutt and got the mask of Clavicle's Bile. Now she can really sweet talk people, but has to take it off. Wearing her strength shield and the mask her armor rating drops to about 100. Aw nuts. Micro-managing my way around Vvardenfel.
But getting the mask was classy!! Some mage had it. I'd stick him with an arrow, he summoned a greater bone walker and poof, he made PC soup. Reload. Soup. Reload. Soup. Oh. Stand right there! Perfect. Bone walker appears in the middle of a table, stuck. Back up a few feet and put arrows in everything in sight. Simple.
I got to thinking. I could tank it out like suggested. I went through the wiki and checked out the side quests. Dozens of them. Hundreds. She's already the richest person on the planet so what's the purpose? Tank->win->even richer. What's the point? So why not take the wealth she presently has and find a weird creative way to do everything? Make a series of stupendous super potions, or pack some supplies out and cache them at the various fast travel points. A strength ++++++ item and 120 ordinary health potions. Operate in that area and move along to the next disaster. All about logistics + stupid ideas + creative weirdness. If VVardenfell is going to be her oyster let's take it apart piece by piece armed with a potato and a flower pot and eat it with chopsticks.
So I'm looking things over. The Dark Botherhood has to go. Let's wreck it in style. And all those dreamers turning up like turnips. They all need a few arrows, without her getting a price on her head. And she's going to need a house with about 180 chests in it. And Llamasexia is going to regret the day she was born.
The two rules I'm tentatively going to put in place is, 1. work with what's there. With the gigantic pile of junk I left 3 years ago. And 2., don't do anything the way the developers planned the quests to be done. All quests should also be done backwards whenever possible. Take the recovery of my disk drive as divine providence that shouldn't be wasted.
Suggestions for the Wrecking of Worromind cheerfully accepted.