Booting into any of the safe mode choices or last good configuration.
Booting from the XP CD (no option to repair the XP install). As far as it goes is installing drivers.
Put drive in a dock and connected to laptop to try to run chkdsk. Message from Win 7 laptop was that the drive needed formatted.
Used a USB to SATA cable system to hook up to same laptop. Got the same message. Computer Management shows drive as formatted in RAW vs NTSF. Laptop assigns the drive a drive letter but I'm not able to do anything with it.
Booted from an Ubuntu CD and Ubuntu was able to see my data on the crippled drive. I was able to retrieve some data but still need to be able to fix the drive if at all possible. If all else fails (and it appears it has) can I INSTALL Ubuntu over xp and perhaps my programs will be operational and I can do a couple of backups (within particular programs)?
Is there anything else I can try to fix the drive. Computer was turned OFF during XP "Error Checking" maintenance