New hard drive installed and we're up and running again. That was a close shave. I had actually not backed up my documents since March (I thought it was only about 6 weeks ago - how time flies!) but all the important stuff is there except for the last unit of my counselling course, although I have it all in hard copy and it's all marked and done with. I used to be a lot more conscientious in backing things up. This is a salutary lesson!
So now, hours being spent reinstalling programmes and, of course, my favourites list!
But of course,we know all about that, don't we!