My hard drive is toast. They were not able to recover anything. I've had myself a couple good cries over it today, but I'm trying to look on the bright side - I do have the best of my photos on the blog, so if nothing else, I can save the blog versions. They probably won't be great quality, but at least they're there.
Y'all, if you do not somehow back up your stuff, or at least your photos, please don't be stupid like I was. A few of my albums are on Shutterfly (my brother says I can get the high res versions back), Facebook (low res), and the blog (not really sure what quality I can recover). But I lost TONS of my photos. We don't have the disks for Microsoft Office 2007, Photoshop, and I lost all of my actions I bought in Jonah's Auction for Photoshop... not to mention all the documents and spreadsheets and videos (oh, the videos!!!) I lost. Most of Jonah's last ten months are gone, as far as having the original versions of things. It will take me hours (days, weeks!) to get back what I've lost, and even then, it will only be partial recovery. I am heartbroken. :(
Anyway, starting right now, I'm backing everything up. My brother (my go-to on all things computer) says he uses Dropbox. It's free for a basic account (2 GB), but you can earn more space by referring others or you can pay to upgrade (a monthly fee). Basically, you sign up for a free account, download it, and it puts a little blue folder icon on your taskbar. Then, I think it's as easy as drag and drop to back up your stuff. I don't want this to ever happen again. It's horrible.
Anyway, click HERE if you are interested in Dropbox. It's my referral code and I will earn some extra space if you go through me. Or you can just go to http://dropbox.com to sign up. Don't be an idiot! (You know, like some people I know... ahem.)