Two and a half weeks ago, my laptop goes into a bluescreen coma - It would not even make it to the desktop after a while before crashing. I couldn't get a ride to the nearest repair (30 min drive over a mountain) for a few days, so I spent them feverishly trying to fix it. It worked in safe mode, but would crash immediately outside of it - I could not implement any fixes myself.
Two weeks ago I was able to bring it into the computer repair place we go to - a smallish place. My dad knows the owner, and very little about computers. They see what's wrong, say they'll run some tests since they had the time and should call me, if not that afternoon then the next day.
Saturday of that week they finally call me back - One of the guys had taken a look at it and the Operating System's files were broken. They'd need to wipe it down and reinstall the OS if they wanted to continue from here. I ask if at all possible they could copy the "My Documents" folder to a disk or drive - I had my photoshop files folder as well as many other projects in the documents folders for some reason, they give me an estimate for it to be done the following Tuesday.
A week later, I finally have it back. Empty, with no salvaged files. My WIP folder, all gone. A half-finished comic in Manga Studio 4 pro? Toast. Scans, finished pics with the layers intact, a long page of a nuzlocke gym battle that only needed the speech bubbles, all e-dust.