Well hi there! Our dear computer is up and running. It turns out the problem was with our old hard drive that was still sitting in the computer, and our new(ish) hard drive is just fine. No data lost, no harm done. What a relief! And Clark has ordered an external hard drive so we can back up our files. So we're good to go. I'm sure you've all been DYING without my stunning blog posts. So glad I can relieve your suffering.