Well, it took long enough, but I finally got my external hard drive up and running again. I had called under warranty and got them to send it to my work. However they heard 16th St. and 60th St. and sent it there. Finally I got someone to send me a new one and it arrived today. I plugged it in, and the power light showed up, but my computer wasn't showing the hard drive. Thankfully, after I restarted, it showed up and I was able to move some pictures over.
I am joyful that my hard drive is not cooked as feared, but now I am paranoid that I need to back up all my pictures on DVDs. Grrr.