It's XP-Home and all I have is an XP-Pro disk to boot from, so that might be part of the problem.:
I'm going to give you the symptoms on boot:
Booting from a disk it goes into set-up;
I try going to the REPAR option. I have a C:\. I type "DIR" and the error message reads"
"An error occurred during directory enumeration"
It allows me to pull the manual for "Help"
I try CHKDSK: The error message reads:
"The Volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems"
I type: CD WINDOWS. The error message returned is:
"The path or file specified is not valid"
(I also try CHDIR and the result is the same)
Next I try MORE AUTOEXEC.BAT. The error message returned is:
"The file cannot be opened"
I am tempted to use the FIXMBR command, but I'm afraid of risking the data. If I don't screw the data structure up TOO much, perhaps we can just download the drive to another computer and use an exogenous data recovery program to salvage the data.
I would just boot the system, but the CD drive seems to want to eat my XP-Pro disk and not return it, so I need to find a paper clip or something to effect a manual eject, so more later.