I have finished installing the new HD, installed Leopard, and, after much manual shuffling, transferred almost all of my files. The old drive was so messed up that I couldn't just transfer my account, so I have to reconstruct everything basically one folder at a time. Most of the pictures and music made it through fine, but a small minority were too far gone. The email all came through ok, so that's nice. I'll see about the address book and bookmarks and calendar and all that rot over the weekend.
I'll have more pics and rants soon!
Final reminder: Always run your backups!