Hello Experts, I am freaking here. I had a USB charging/data transfer cable plugged in to one of my laptop's USB ports, with the other end not plugged into anything. I accidentally touched the free end of that cable to another USB port on the laptop and my whole laptop immediately died - no power LED lights , no anything! Please say that my hard drive contents are not toast - I have my life on that laptop. I read a few online articles that it was just a "short protection" mechanism and that sometimes you just need to remove the battery and unplug the adapter for a few minutes and it might reset itself. God I hope so. Calling all experts to help please!!!
P.S: My laptop is a fairly old IBM T43 Thinkpad. Tough as heck (... was, anyway).