Anyone think there is a chance that my computer will be able to make it to Christmas time when I’ll be back in the States and can buy a new computer??
Nope. Get a free Dropbox
account now and back up everything you value. You'll have 2 free gigs. Good luck!
PS. When the hard drive starts to click, that means you don't have much time left. Days, probably, if that.
I've killed about a dozen hard drives, so I know the sound.