I'm really new to bitcoins so being naive I've jumped in downloading a wallet (bitcoin core), got my address and set off buying 1 bitcoin.
Now I bought the bitcoin and it all went fine, I went to my wallet to find nothing there, I got a little concerned thinking it sent them elsewhere but after a check on blockchain it said they were sent to my address. After some googling I realised I hadn't let bitcoin core download the full blockchain data and read that all I had to was wait for my blockchain to download and my bitcoins would appear in my wallet. So I went to sleep. I checked my laptop in the morning to see it was sailing through the block chain and only had 1 year to go.
I've came in from work and my Portable HDD is making all sorts of noises but still being read and written to. My bitcoin core has frozen though, not long after the time I checked it this morning, I closed it and tried to reopen but it has asked me to create a path to download the blockchain? I've also gotten a new bitcoin address! I'm seriously flapping now!
So exited it and tried to open the wallet.dat file I saved the previous night but it never saved after I bought the bitcoin! This has been opened and my bitcoin address is now the same but now bitcoin core says indexing blockchain or something.
The main question is: Have I lost my bitcoins or do I just need to wait on the indexing and they will appear? The blockchain says they are still registered to that wallet.