Gunrunner, that's even worse! The days of running your own server from a corner desk in the office are long gone. Unless you are a complete and total IT expert, there is no way you can stay current with the software updates, patches and security issues that have to be kept up to date to keep the hackers at bay. It is a false economy to think you can host your own site and not have to pay someone to host it for you. Especially now that there are hosting providers that will host a web site with SSL, credit card processing, and email for less than $10 a month.
I know...I tried to run my own server back in the 90s and failed miserably. In fact, this very forum got started on that little Cobalt RAQ server. It didn't last long. The sites all got hacked because I couldn't keep the server properly updated. Credit card numbers were stolen, the web stores got hacked, the home pages on all the sites were changed to some porno site and I almost got sued by several clients. This actually happened when I was at York! I had to leave the show on Friday and make a fast trip home to fix this.
Ever since then I have given the site hosting duties to the pros who are in that business. I've had no problems with any of my sites since.
This is a real shame. With no backup and a twenty-year old hard drive, the likelihood that the data can be recovered is pretty slim. I wish them well.