Hard Drive Crash

I'm trying very had not to hyperventilate, but my hard drive crashed today.  Well, I don't really know if it crashed, I just can't access it.  This is the drive that holds all of my digital pictures.... for the last 18 months.  ALL OF THEM!  The worst news of all is that I haven't backed up my pictures. Everyone I talk to about this assures me that they can be recovered, so I'm trying to keep very positive.  I've made a few calls and will plan my course of action as soon as I have all of the information I need.  I'll keep you posted.

(PS... This is also why I'm so far behind posting to this blog.)  Please be patient.