Stop what you are doing right now, find or buy any external data holding device and back up your hard drive. Really, right now!
I'm blogging from Mike's computer today after my system crashed this weekend. We're still not sure if I've lost everything, but if I have, it's going to be devastating. If the computer store I took my laptop to can't recover my files, we'll lose every picture I've ever taken of Abby Kate. We'll lose the 10 months of the video editing I did, creating a montage of AK's firsts. We'll lose the hundreds of iTunes songs we purchased. We'll lose all the financial history and addresses and tons of other information we need. And worst of all, I'll lose thousands of dollars of all of my clients' design work over the last five years.
I had never had one issue or problem with my Apple Powerbook G4. But I think I must've overloaded it with software and files. I should've known to back it up. I'm such an idiot thinking it would never crash. Please pray that the computer people can retrieve our stuff!
And, again, take the time to back up your hard drive!