A nice swan photo.
Thanks for all the suggestions for back up software via email and comments.
I was able to save the vast majority of my photos.
I did lose a few folders (not sure exactly how many images) to bad sectors on the hard drive.
A costly lesson in the end.
I signed up for the carbonite online backup solution. Thanks for the tip.
The back up is ongoing.
I should be back to posting normally in a day or two.