It had all my photos on it, a lot of my music (the vast majority of it, including all the things I've recently spent vast amounts of time downloading from karl's FTP), and some other programmy things I didn't want to lose.
At least everything else seems to be working now that I took it out (thank you Karl for the technical advice) and I suppose at some point I can try to get the information off of it.
Of course, a big chunk of the pictures are porn, so I won't be taking it into my local compUSA...
And I will cease to talk about it in my house now because my father keeps saying like "you can buy another D Drive and transfer the information from this D Drive to that D Drive..." because he seems to think that you can go into a store and pick up a "D Drive" off the shelf... like that's what it's named. And I just don't have the strength to explain that it doesn't work that way.
This is the man who didn't understand that a zip file did not become "bigger" when you "unzipped it" and try as I might with all the briefcase analogies I could come up ... he just never understood and ended up getting pissed at me for it.
but hey, everything works.
Think I'll leave the case open so later I can blow out the 4 months worth of dust and shit.