The HDD is BACK in my laptop computer, but the main problem NOW is this:
Let's say I'm exploring files. The dialog box opens showing the default folder in which to save or open files, right? Right.
As soon as I click the "up" button or click another folder in that window, OR as soon as I click a file to open or a file to save over, the hourglass appears and that program stops responding. This seems to be connected mostly (or solely) to video or picture files as it hasn't happened in Word or WinAmp.
By connecting the HDD to another computer then putting it back in here, have I somehow screwed up some sort of associations the computer makes w/images? Initially I was having a problem w/thumbnails but that was fixed.
I'm probably going to run a WinXP repair, but in anticipation of having to reinstall all my drivers, I'm hoping to avoid it. =\