Hard disk dead, frustration ahead

My hard disk drive has died. Fortunately, I was able to save my work from the last few days. Unfortunately, I lost lost quite a bit of graphic design work and some other stuff which I foolishly did not back up for a couple of months, but it’s not as if anybody else but me would care. The one thing I’ve been working on during the last weeks that wasn’t for myself—but instead for a friend’s mother—sits safely in my Dropbox directory.
It seems that I do not have much luck with my machinery lately.