I think it's best just to take the drive and use the media towards a new RL setup. I recently rebuilt my machine (with the help of rfancella showing me the ropes) because I was using my older setup from 2010 that was still on HL1. Honestly- it's not tough to learn, although it was slightly overwhelming at 1st. Ultimately, though, it's a crapload better than all of the compiling that I was initially doing because I was too stubborn to upgrade after all of these years. haha
I think I'm up to 62 systems and it's only been about a month (or 2) of setting up. So, if you have the roms/iso's, graphics, correct xmls matching everything... you should be on a good start to rebuilding your system the proper way.
And as others have said, if there is some media that you have that isn't on the ftp... it wouldn't hurt to contribute, become a member, and help out by sharing what you have with the community.
**oh, as for chipping in and getting a HD with missing artwork.... let's not contribute to d-bags like Upchuck that make $ off of other peoples hard work, and contribute to laziness. lol**