HD Update #4

Managed to boot from floppies and get an external USB CD-ROM drive working. From there, I got XP Pro installed and all seems to be running fine. The data recovery guys need another 18 hours to scan my old drive platters for the remnants of my old Outlook .pst file, which sucks. But by then, I should be finished loading all the software and whatnot that need to be on the machine. I took the opportunity to install some new applications, including the new Microsoft anti-spyware app. I think I'll also try PC Cillin rather than the usual Norton pigware for anti-virus. This is also a good opportunity to update every app and driver to the latest versions. So far, the formerly dead Toshiba is running like a champ. (Keep fingers crossed.)