As the title indicates, it appears I spoke (or more accurately, blogged) too soon when I wrote last month that I had recovered the data off my old hard drives that were in the server that had the meltdown. Last week I went to find a file and discovered empty directories.
So, had some time today to reconnect the old hard drive and tried to access the files I was looking for using a couple different PCs. Alas, it looks like the files are definitely gone from the hard drive. And unfortunately, I really have no idea what is missing and what is not. One of the downsides of not having a good record of files (or possibly the fact that I had thousands of files).
From what I can tell, it looks like I definitely lost all my files from the badges I had been making for my MINI. I can always reconstruct those. Looks like I also lost a lot of pictures from MINI events over the past couple years. Fortunately, I don't think I lost any of the pictures of the kids events (e.g. school events, sports events, etc.). Looks like the music directory got hosed as well - again, not a big deal as all the music was saved elsewhere, although I think the .ogg versions of my music may have been lost.
Haven't really been able to identify any rhyme or reason to what is present and what is missing. The only thing I can tell is that it appears the folder/directory structure is present - just the actual files missing in some directories.
At this point, I suppose I need to accept the fact that since the files were so seldom accessed, they probably were not all that important.