It was bound to happen sooner or later. The hard drive on my laptop has joined the choir invisible.
I had some inkling ahead of time and saved the irreplaceable stuff (family photos and original documents) on some flash drives, as well as small subset of the music and pdfs I had on there.
Honestly it’s a bit liberating to be rid of the *hundreds* of documents and books (and zines and who knows what else) I’d downloaded and never got around to reading. There are probably a few things I will miss but there is more where that came from.
I think it will be a while before I replace the drive (maybe with a SSD, when I can afford it). In the meantime I hope I will devote the time I used to spend online at home on better things — painting, exercising, and reading! Maybe even decluttering the real space now that the virtual space is cleaned out…