The good news is it was all under warranty - the bad news is nothing on the drive was recoverable. Which means I hope bluejack has been keeping the copies of the contracts I've been forwarding him. I imagine he has, he seems the data-packrat sort. Time to get even more distributed in my file storage, I guess.
I also bought a travel sleeve, so I can stop using the bubble-wrap the thing arrived in as such.
I guess tonight's project will be digging out or re-downloading and reinstalling various pieces of software. Perhaps I'll look into a .Mac account after all.
Right, back to cross-checking fiscal crap.