I do apologize if this has been addressed in this thread and I've seen posts that come close, but don't recall seeing the solution (if there is one). I have a Dell Inspiron 530s and it wouldn't boot. My daughter was the last one on the computer and swears she didn't do anything, but that that computer froze and then she pushed Ctrl+Alt+Del to shut it down. Now I try to boot and it would just freeze on the Windows start up blue screen. I tried to do a repair with the installation CD. I got to the screen where it seems like it noticed my current Win XP installation and pushed "R" for the repair process to begin. It seemed to be working just fine, but then it seemed like it stopped for a long period of time. Me like an idiot shut the computer down because I thought it froze, but now I wished I would've just waited to see if it would do anything. Now when I boot from the CD, it takes me to this screen that says
* To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.
* To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
* To delete the selected partition, press D.
Then it says: 305243 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
-: Partition1 [FAT] 47 MB (38 MB free)
C: Partition2 [NTFS] 301807 MB (254027 MB free)
Unpartitioned space 8 MB
I: Partition3 [FAT32] 3381 MB (1310 MB free)
I really don't know what to do Have I already lost all of my stuff on my hard drive? I feel like such a fool now for not backing up my stuff. But I will just have a fit if I lose everything on this hard drive. I have EVERYTHING on here pertaining to my business and personal stuff, tons of music files, I mean everything. If I can just get this to boot so that I can see my stuff again, I promise I will start backing up. Is there anything I can do? Now when I just boot from the hard drive it goes the the Microsoft start up screen and then the screen just goes black. I don't recall if there is a cursor blanking at the top of the screen or not. Is there anything I can do to save my data? I am really freaking out and crying like a baby over here. Any advice would greatly be appreciated and I thank you in advance for it.