Once again, my computer's internal hard drive has failed me. I guess that's the price I pay for trying to keep a 6+ year old laptop computer running while I desperately try to save up for a new workstation. Last week, I turned on my PC. It had been working just fine the previous day. After I got passed the BIOS screen, all I got was a black screen with a flashing cursor. I tried everything from rebooting to using every trick I could manage from the Windows XP repair console. Nothing worked, so I was forced to again format the drive and start from scratch for the 4th time in the last year. I bet I need a new hard drive, but since a new one will cost anywhere from $100 to $200+ and money is extremely tight for me, I guess I'll just have to tough it out for the next several months until I can finally purchase a new computer. It definitely is going to be a desktop system this time with a 4-year premium warranty.
I thought I had everything backed up: sadly, this was not the case. While I did manage to save practically everything from my hard drive due to a recent backup to an external 2 Terabyte hard drive. Unfortunately, I had completely forgotten to backup a folder near the root directory of my PC's hard drive. This folder had ALL the new tracks I had been working on rearranging. From Metropolis Zone from Sonic 2 to Sky Sanctuary and Death Egg Zone Act 1 from Sonic & Knuckles, among other things.
The loss of my piano/electronic arrangement of Metropolis Zone is especially nasty as I had put several days of work into it and had nearly gotten it completed. Oh, well...
Note to self: keep your stuff backed up and make doubly certain not to forget anything!
Well, back to the drawing board. Needless to say, any future audio releases from me have now been delayed indefinitely.