It only fell about two feet, but is now unable to start, or even light up by being plugged in. Losing weeks of work, I was of course heart broken. I checked my back-ups, and was somewhat comforted with the knowledge that I did save quite a bit a few weeks prior. But there are some pictures and other non-work related data that are not saved anywhere else.
When my husband arrived home from work, he researched and ordered a special cable to attach the hard drive to a new one to attempt to save my work. He took me out the next day and we purchased this lovely Lenovo that I'm typing on right now. We were able to find one with a better screen, so that the colors I see are truer to the actual colors that will show up in print and on devices, saving me hours of fine tuning. It also has a better graphics card, so Inkscape doesn't crash every time I try to make a deep and object rich picture. YAY! Again, a major time and headache saver.
So we are still waiting for the cord to come in the mail, and I am busy making new art, and hoping not to have to replace what is lost. I'm trying to look at this as lucky to get an upgrade instead of focusing on the negative. This will be easier if we are able to restore my work. So instead of one step forward and two steps back, maybe a leap ahead with some rocks on the way. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
For all of my visual friends, it happened about exactly like this gif. Enjoy, and don't forget to back-up your work!