I need to stress the importance of file back-up. So I've been working hard on the Power Rangers coloring and backed up a bunch of files last Friday, but really I should have been backing up every day I worked on it. 2 of the files became corrupted somehow and I can't even open them without it crashing my external hard drive. It doesn't let me copy them to my laptop either. When I worked as a full time graphic designer, I had used the Time Machine function on the big desktop computer and it automatically backed stuff up every hour or so, and I didn't need to worry about it. Over the 4 years I worked there, there was only 1 or 2 times I actually had to "go back in time" to recover files. I need to see how I can do Time Machine on my laptop, because it's not always connected to an external HD.
In the meantime, looks like I'll need to just do all that work over again for those pages :( Not the worst thing in the world, but I cringe at all the wasted time.