I was afraid we were getting to the end of our options.
Question ... in the "Windows XP repair install" link you provided ... it says ...
"Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.
If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted."
If I can't see the windows installation ... I suspect the repair install won't either ... in that case it says it won't give an option to repair ... do you know if I'll be given a chance to opt out of continuing at that point, as I understand, if it continues from that point, all data will definetly be lost? So, if it automatically goes to reformatting and reloading the OS ... we've lost it all. Reason I ask ... I've seen some companies that specialize in data recovery from "lost" disks ... depending upon the costs ... might try that as a last gasp option.
Perhaps this recovery is a lost cause ... but since we're running out of options ... would by chance any of your fellow geekstogo colleagues have any additional thoughts/advice???
I'll try to get over there and try and check these things out.
Thank you so much for your continued efforts and coaching in trying to resolve this! ... soonerskies