I'm typing this on the small screen of an iPhone, after what was supposed to be a routine security update reset my computer to factory default and erased all my files and programs. (Apparently, Vista just does that sometimes--it even wipes all the restore points.) Anyways, I regularly back up my data onto an external hard drive, so it was a simple matter to perform a data recovery. I assumed that would be the end of it. Right up until I opened the restored folders, and found that every .exe file was missing. Most of my .docs vanished, too, but luckily, I manually copy all of my stories to a separate folder on my external hard drive, as a precaution in case something really goes wrong. My only major loss was my video game project, and I may be able to restore most of it from the copy I shared for testing. Still, it's quite a lesson about just how badly storage and recovery systems can fail.