A little background...
About a year ago, my operating system decided to stop working (when trying to load XP it restarts the computer with a gray screen with options to boot in safe mode, restore to a previous time etc, but no matter what option i choose, it does the same thing, tries to load XP then just restarts). I've reformatted the computer before, but this time I was reluctant to do it because I had a very important file on there I knew at some point i would want. But real life happened, and I ended up buying a new laptop, and setting aside my old one till i had time to fix it and retrieve the file. And now a year later i'd love to retrieve that file (I was working on writing a book and now that I have time to do it, i'd love to complete it).
So i've been reading the tutorial on how to fix the OS thats stickied in this forum, but when i put the XP disk in, and select "enter" there is no option to repair. at the bottom it gives me the options to "install" "delete partition" "quit". It doesnt name Windows XP like the example shows either, it says
C: Partition1 [unknown] 57224MB (57223 MB free)
Unpartitioned space 8MB
So since I dont have that repair option, what other options do I have in fixing it without losing my files? I've been reading other posts in the forum too, I like the idea of the external connector to connect that HD up to my new laptop to pull off the files, but unfortunately Im low on cash at the moment and dont have the money to spare yet. I could wait a couple paychecks and hopefully get one, but if theres another option that would work and save me a few extra bucks I'd like to try that.
Thanks a lot =)