OK, preliminary diagnosis on my old PC is that both hard drives are spinning up and appear to be in good health. I should be able to access them and transfer all files to the new computer. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that this all works out!
The new PC has been ordered and is a Dell 17" "studio" laptop with most of the 'bells and whistles'. 4g memory, a 320g hard drive, CD/DVD read/write, HD screen, upgraded video, etc, etc. It should be delivered before mid-June. Until… Continue