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Ok, then have a bad HD, then. What is worse, the cloud(which is great) or a corrupted HD (which is bad) Just saying...
Sorry, I won't preach anymore.
I don't have any suggestions for you other than, if you are successful in recovering any pics/data, then get that sh*t to the cloud ASAP. Stop mucking around with stupid ass HD backups, and thumb drives, etc.
If those fail, you have no recourse most likely.
BTW, most of the cloud services are on redundant servers, etc., unlike your HD. Sorry, felt compelled to hit the point home again.
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