Left running overnight, it was frozen when I got up, I restarted it, it commenced a disk check and then I had a power outage.
Since that point, I got a quick flash of BSOD for a fraction of a second, and it refuses to boot up. The Recovery Disk Start Up Repair cannot repair, my restore points have vanished, as has my last known good configuration details. Basically my Master Boot Record has corrupted, or one of the drivers has corrupted (Safe mode boot stops at crcdisk.sys and then it restarts sending me in a loop). Safe mode, with or without options is not available for me.
The hardware checks out okay (by both me and Dell), but I received the message that the System Volume is corrupt. Since that initial hardware check, my warranty has expired!
Bootrec did not work, and the Recovery command prompt cannot even find the c: installation of Vista even though the initial start up repair can find it.
I really do not want to reinstall from scratch, as I have customer files, trade files, turbolister, and files essential for me to get paid at the end of the month. My back up is out of date (my fault I know) but I know there are just one or two files that were destroyed by the dskchk crashing that I need to replace. I have seen other solutions around the web that I tried and didn't work, or that I didn't understand how to try. I am fairly pc-literate, but please could someone help me
in simpe terms, assuming I'm a lot thicker than what I am. After all, you know what they say about a little knowledge being a dangerous thing.