The new drive is back from the guy who was rescuing my data after the crash I had a few weeks back. Not only was he able to get all my data off the busted drive, he charged me a very reasonable fee to do so. I'd looked all over the place trying to find some service for this, and what he ended up invoicing me was only like a third of what my next most likely place looked like it would run me (and only a tiny fraction of what the "corporate" data retrieval sites listed!). I'd asked around all my "computer" friends and nobody had a good resource for this, so if you're looking to save data from a trashed drive (assuming that the data is retrievable, I was lucky in that mine was), you should see if Anthony Coletta can help you out. He's the head of an IT department at some company, but I found him through an old friend who just happened to read about my problems on FaceBook!
If you've not been following along closely, I suddenly had a balky hard drive a month or so back, and nothing I tried was getting info off of it. Unfortunately, I'd been keeping all the files from the freelance/consulting work "handy" on my desktop, meaning that ALL that looked like it was lost when my C: drive died. Needless to say, I'm very happy to now have those files safely ensconced on an external drive (and am looking at options for "cloud-based back-up" as well). Anyway, here I am with a sci-fi sounding 3TB storage. It really wasn't that long ago when "all the storage you needed" was a 360KB dual-sided 5.25" floppy drive ... but it seems like the stone age from here!