I'm sorry to hear of your technical issues, but unless the drive has seized up, it might be possible to recover the data. If the drive is making noises, but working, I suggest you COPY data from the drive to another drive. Never use the MOVE option, as it takes longer. Also, you may want to do what I've done for years and that is install two or three drives in your machine, one of which contains the operating system, and the others act as a workspace, and as a data backup (2TB drives are perfect for this). I often have duplicate data on both drives, and dump the present projects to a large capacity memory stick once a week, or twice if it's a big project. Those memory sticks are more reliable than DVD's (which corrupt after a year or so).