I vote root canal. The tears and emotional distress doesn't last near as long as a crashed computer causes.
I had a hard disc crash a few years ago and the best way to handle it my opinion is a new computer with XP or even 2000 and start over. I was able to plug in the HD and get some of the stuff off it as a slave and download it to the new computer.
Now I'm startin' ta tear up just remembering it!