So, where did I go wrong ?
First, I never had a designated desk to keep my laptop, it always floated around the house with me.
Second, I should have taken those few minutes to back up regularly
Third, had I kept up with my son's shutterfly books. My computer crashing would not be a major issue. Except for videos which are priceless but something is better than nothing.
I cried several times at the apple store. The guy was nice but he wasn't too reassuring :/
Right now, I have only my iPhone and an old PC I purchase over 6 years ago.
Did I learn my lesson? Yes, I'm going through all my PC documents and pictures this week. Organizing and getting shutterfly books ready to go. That way all of life's memories are saved.
Learn from my mistakes, take the time to back up data and print the most precious memories before it's too much to handle.