I was having some issues with my windows computer which had a couple of bitcoins on it. I sent them in to Mt. Gox last night, and it looks like it went through because it was deducted from my account. I then tried to start fixing the computer, but things are worse than ever right now and I can't boot into anything. Nothing has shown up in my Mt. Gox account yet and the transfer didn't register on bitexplorer so I'm worried it never went through, and worse yet 24 hours will pass soon so the address they went to might be no good.
I think maybe because I restarted soon after sending it never entered the block (but I'm not positive on how this works). I saved my wallet.dat folder, installed bitcoin on another computer and put it in there. It doesn't show any balance or any transactions so I'm not sure if it's even recognizing it.
So I guess I have three questions:
How do I restore a wallet on a new computer? I just put it in the bitcoin directory, not sure if that is correct or not.
When I do restore it, will it keep my transaction history and hopefully confirm my transaction which hasn't gone through yet?
Finally, what happens to coins sent to a Mt. Gox address after 24 hours assuming I don't get things figured out before then?