May 6th I got my old drive working. In a manner of speaking if you use a loose definition of the word 'work'. It took 3 hours to copy over a little more than a GB of old files. And sometimes the drive I'm copying to... disappears.
I've been without my art and tools on this drive for a year and I've barely made anything since then. I've recovered my flags and such, but none of my hundreds of vector designs or brushes. The vectors can be rebuilt, they are all hidden with PSD files but the brushes (like my amazing night time city patterns) will need to be remade from scratch.
I hope to be making a lot of new art soon.