Maybe not the worst luck, but bad. House was struck by lightning and my surge protector apparently didn't do enough and my HD won't boot up (nor air conditioner/security system..etc). Took the machine, fearing the worst, to the folks who built the unit for me to troubleshoot and they said the drive won't boot, but the data is intact. Using a USB bridge connection to another computer they saw all of my data and photos. So they put a new HD in the computer, and reinstalled Windows XP and I was set to pick it up ready to do the data migration. I just needed to install Lightroom 2.7 again. HOWEVER....I'm in the major flood area of upstate NY and they closed early due to the road conditions, and NOW we are under a state of emergency and the computer place is UNDER WATER..I'm talking water to the top of the first floor. They won't be back for days and I'm assuming the computer is lost. I have two sources of backup: DVD's and Carbonite. So I'm trying to get some photos back onto a second computer after reinstalling Lightroom and no Googling or searching here is helping. I've copied photos back into "my pictures" on this computer and copied and pasted the .lrct into the Lightroom folder under "my pictures". I double click the .lrct folder and nothing happens. I would like to get photos back with all of their edits intact. This has been a long, painful and sad affair. The Lightroom I have now has no folders, and I have held off on reimporting since I wanted the edits and everything intact. I searched and multiple sources said to avoid reimporting again unless you want to do all the edits over. Any help is greatly appreciated. I need to rethink my backup strategy. Take it from me folks: if you don't think you could get hit by lightning then have your computer guy flooded out of business, think again.