Expected failure or unexpected failure, that's what backups are for. The fact that you didn't have one, is not AMD's fault. Perhaps you'll learn from this incident. Edit: I'm not perfect either. In the 90s, I lost a 1GB HDD with some useful stuff on it. That's when I learned to back up. I used Norton Ghost for the longest time with XP. Since I'm moved to Win7, I use some external HDDs to backup now. I keep stuff in triplicate, at the very least.