My original problem started with lap top programs freezing up, blue screen flashing and pc rebooting. I finally got in safe mode and ran trojan hunter. 16 trojans removed. Then I restarted and it went to a black screen that says "a Disk Read error occured Press cntrl alt del to Restart" Every restart does the same thing. I tried my factory restore disk but it wouldn't boot. I then took my xp disk from my desktop computer and was able to boot to the cd and got into the recovery console. When I ran a dir it says "an error occured during directory innumeration" I then ran fixboot and fixmbr. Same issue at restart. Someone told me to download and run a program called Testdisk. I downloaded it to my PC but have no idea if I need to make a bootable cd and if so how.
I think I have made a mess so far. Hope you can help. Whatever I do has to be downloaded to a cd and then try to get to laptop. Is there any hope ?
Oh also when I ran the xp cd from my desktop, I was going to try and do a partial install hoping to keep my data but it doesn't give me any option except that it needs to reformat due to lack of partition space or something to that effect. Is my hard drive fried? I have a few files I need since my last backup.
Thanks for your help