And so I limped along for a while, until today. I was using PhotoShop (and had a couple of Firefox windows open) when suddenly, PhotoShop just "went away". Worried that it might do it again, I shut it down, to let it rest for a few minutes, but when I went to restart, it refused to load Windows. It would give me the SMART error message, offer me the option of starting normally, in Safe Mode, or booting off the network. No matter which I selected, it would just go into a loop--very slowly going through line after line such as this:
...after which it would just go back to the error message about not being able to start Windows properly. I unplugged it again, let it rest for a minute, then tried again. This time: nothing. No sound of the HD turning, no lights on, nothing at all.
Any suggestions? Just how screwed am I?