I don't recall ever hearing about a final decision, but I feel like there have been at least a dozen separate instances on the Bombcast/in Quick Looks where Brad has mentioned some game he halfway played through but then that USB stick died, or where he mentions he's not played Mass Effect 3 because his save from Mass Effect 1 and 2 is on that USB stick. I get that several hundred dollars (with no guaranteed recovery of data) is a lot of money, but seriously, you play games for a living. Either decide that it's worth it to you for a chance to get your ME 1 & 2 saves, or for the love of god let it go and stop hemming and hawing about how you're still thinking about whether it's worth it or not. It feels like he has been occasionally mentioning that USB stick for nearly a year at this point.
I've had hard drives die on me, and it sucks, but you move on. He needs to get back on that horse and just play Mass Effect 3, since it will be a pretty relevant game when it comes time to discuss Game of the Year stuff.
Have you ever run into a scenario of lost/corrupted data? If so, have you EVER spent this long being indecisive about what to do with your messed up data storage device?