|There are those who have lost data, and those who will lose data.|
I was pretty depressed and kicking myself in the butt. Working in tech support I know failure is inevitable and a good set of backups makes the hurt much easier to deal with. I broke one of my own rules which is to back up religiously.
Oh well. I checked out the hard drive and the problem is the motor is seized. Apparently this is fairly common for Seagate external drives, they take a good shock and BLAMMO.
While I mourn my lost data I will see if I can send it off to get the data recovered by removing the disks and replacing the motor. It isn't likely, but there is a possibility.
Adding to my paranoia is the fact I couldn't find my software bag. That would be the one with all my OS's and my copy of Paint Shop. Without Paint Shop, life may end for me.
OK, whining over. Enjoy the look of total dismay on my illustrated face.