fortunately I had my files on the flash drive but what I can't get hold of is my music files, my ebook reader files and a bunch of other stuff like that which would take too much space on a stick to save.

Of course I could rip them all from cd's and stuff and get them on my laptop but it would take ages, I've got over a thousand songs there at least.

Still, I'm hoping I'll eventually be able to get it fixed and that it's not the hard drive that went down.

*fingers crossed*