Thank G0d for ~
1/ Elizabeth from Best Buy who contacted me this morning to make things right
2/ and Monica from the store for her excellent bedside manner and
3/ making me whole with a new hard drive and a (complimentary) attempted resuscitation of my old hard drive, which as the saying goes, I'll expect the worst and hope for the best.
Thank you, Best Buy, for doing the right thing!!!! (*cue angels singing*)