As it turns out, I didn't need hubby to pull files off my old laptop's hard drive. All I needed was one bored kidlet. I had set the old laptop on the couch in the basement (serving as a sort of visual reminder to hubby that I needed him to work on it) and it drew the kidlet's attention today. As she peppered me with questions ('Can I have it?' 'No. It's broken.' 'What's wrong with it?' 'It died'....), she opened the lid and started messing with it (i.e. randomly pushing buttons).
And the damn thing powered up. I could not believe it. It was completely and utterly dead 3 weeks ago. I had tried everything to revive it and nothing worked. Even had IT Dude hubby look at it and he declared something had 'blown' inside it. I don't know if something inside got shifted during shipment from Florida, or if the kidlet has the magic touch. But it works now.
See - here's proof. The old laptop lives again! :) ...and yes, that's the pic of the Princes on their date. They looked so cute I had used them as a desktop background.
Not that I have any plans to abandon Pretty. I don't trust the old laptop anymore, and Pretty and I are getting along wonderfully. But I was more than happy to be able to access the un-backed up files on it. Now I have all my cover art and photoshop files, along with the 'research' folder that was much too large to fit on a backup CD, safely saved on Pretty.
That was my excitement for the day. How was your day?