I lost everything, or so I thought. I managed to resuscitate the beast long enough to back up the important stuff (e-mail,writings,etc...). I went to CompUSA, charged another harddrive, and installed it.
Hours later, I had copied the entire contents of the old drive, installed Windows ME, and managed to get the whole thing going.
On a personal note, I seem to have grown as a person at some point. Computer problems used to make me sick to my stomach and stress me the hell out until I fixed them. This time, I remained pretty cool throughout.
So until the old drive dies again, I've got a grand total of 60 gigs of space, with about 40 free. Woohoo.