don't look desperate

I just wanted to thank all of you for support and offers to help! I really appreciate it!
The situation presently: the computer store is fixing my old PC - new hard drive, new operating system, new video card. It’s going to be costly, but it needs to get done. I may have to open commissions later on to fund this trainwreck, but I’ll worry about it when I get there.
Meanwhile, I’m going to pick up my old hard drive and show it to a family friend who has previously had some luck pulling data out of broken computers by using Linux. He said no promises, but at this point it doesn’t hurt to try. I’ll look into some other options while he’s doing his thing - there are so many important things on that computer that I simply have to try something. So, yeah, I’m going to get a second opinion on my situation. Possibly third and fourth, too, if I have to.
Anyway, thank you everyone for messaging me with ideas and advice! I’ll let you know how it works out!

For your consideration.

Ask games are a lot of fun… but only if there’s participation. If you want to do them, I am all for that. But, if an ask game shows up your dash, maybe leave something in that person’s inbox before you reblog their post?

Even if you don’t care about their answer, it would be nice for the other person.