I never did recover anything from that hard drive failure. I could spend lots of money on a professional recovery service, I suppose, but I just can't justify it for the photos. In fact I *might* have CD-R'd the photos since I took them before I moved to SF and I backed up almost everything if not everything. I guess a CD-R hunt is something I should do. In which case I'll hardly have lost anything at all--as far as I can remember, anyway.