About a month ago, I got a virus or something. Windows randomly shut down and when I tried to start it up again, it wouldn't. So, I did what I now know is not that bright and did a recovery. Afterward, all my music and videos were gone. Apparently, they were put behind a partition. So I have been told, anyway. I have no back up of anything because I never thought this could happen. D'OH! My comp looked and acted like it had just come out of the box. I got rid of the factory installed programs I didn't want and began to re-download things like books and a couple seasons of my favorite TV shows. Thats when I noticed that I didn't have much space because all of my previous downloads are still in there...somewhere...maybe.
After a few weeks, the same thing happens again and now I am down to very little space on my drive. So, a couple days ago, a friend suggests getting a flash drive and making something he called a "live boot" disc and trying to restore my lost files. Since he said the thing that hurt me wsa a ROOT he did battle with for about 12 hours before removing it, he suggested that I might be better off just trying to save what I can on the flash drive and formatting my drive and then reinstalling Windows etc. Ok, I can do that. I hear its a pain, but I would be very happy to have my space back and whatever I can salvage of my files would be great.
Now, I am lost and my friend cannot help me as he is very busy at work. He has tried, but we don't have much time to talk and his instructions don't make sense to me.
What can I download and burn to disk thats a "live boot" OS? Do I burn it to cd or dvd? Once thats made, how do I use it and the flash drive to access and rescue what I can from the partitioning thingie that my comp did when I did the recovery? After that, how do I format and make sure that all badness is permanently erased? After the 2nd recovery, it took about 5 minutes for this nasty lil bugger to start popping up again and I want it gone for good.
There are a lot of free downloads of what I need from what my friend tells me and i do occasionally go to P2P sites and download torrents, so a point at the right type of download that would be easy to use would be very helpful.
I so appreciate any help you guys can give!