Bad hard drive. Bad.
The repair went swimmingly. I had some windex on hand for the screen, as well as a screen cloth from an ipad to dust off the LCD. Glad to say I put it back together with less dust inside than when I opened it.
The suction cups really are nice. I could have used hanger cups from the hardware store, but with these you don't worry about dropping the screen. Use a couple of containers for screws, rather than just one, as there are at least two major sets.