I wish there was some way that I could retrieve the data from the hard drive. If it was a regular computer, I'd just remove the drive and connect it to another computer as a slave drive and either copy the data or burn it on to a CD or DVD.
The problem is that all of my computers are in storage in Maine. There is only Dan's laptop and my laptop here. I don't know of any way to connect an additional hard drive to a laptop. I'm going to do some research online to see if it can be done. Oh wait! I just thought about external drives! I'm sure there is some sort of external case I can buy that would do the trick.
In any case, I'll have to share Dan's computer until I solve the mystery.