I mentioned somewhere around the forums that my laptop died middle of last week. I spent a day and a half trying to get it working myself but it continued downhill. In hopes that someone more knowledgable than I could at least recover some data from it and maybe even my outlook mail file, I took it to a computer repair place that supposedly was well-reviewed (actually, someone else found it on angie's list).
Dropped off the lappy on Friday. Talked to them on Monday, he says to bring in my desktop so he can pull the recovery files over to it and try to get the outlook folder imported to the desktop. Talked to them Wednesday, he says they're having a tough time finding the stuff I said is on there, including that there's 'absolutely no evidence that Outlook was ever installed on it...are you SURE this is the right laptop??' yes, yes, I'm sure... It written off as a lost cause, so I go today to pick up the laptop and desktop. Out of curiousity I look at the contents of the recovered files from the laptop folder... and it's a recovery of the second hard drive in the desktop.
week's worth of time, over a hundred in labor, and he didn't notice it wasn't the laptop drive he was working on
I'd like to think I have a reasonable expectation that a computer repair professional might pick up on that at some point.