I did refer to the article on repairing XP but I couldn't get it to work . I put in windows cd and then i get a blue screen saying that "setup is loading files" at the bottom of the screen. The top of the screeen says "windows set up" and after files are loaded or so it seems, it just sits there making a kind of clicking noise every other second.
I did set bios to boot with the CD. Of course I have some generic computer about 3 years old (ABS from buyabs.com) and a windows recovery cd from Magnell running XP media center edition (this is what i tried to use to boot). I also have flopppy "restoration disk" that says it "may be used to reinstall windows., but that all od data on the C:/ partition will be totally erased." (By the way I do have a D:/ back up drive).
I can't boot into safe mode, I can get at BIOS and F9 gives me express recovery menu, but it sounded like it might delete everything also. One option in this F9 screen sounded like it was for a safe mode boot, but nothing happens when I click it.
I got desperate and tried booting with the restoration floppy but now it makes this rapid clicking noise that sounds like it is the fan hitting something else. So I aborted that attempt since it sounds worse then ever.
I saw something here or on another site about hooking this hard drive to another as a "slave" and copying files?? If this is correct, how would I do this? I am much more concerned about getting my documents and pictures off the hard drive (of course I have no recent backup except on the D drive), than I about the long term health of this compute. It has given me a lot of trouble. I do have another desktop and a lap top.
Also, I run or did run, when it was working, Norton Anti virus daily (with intelligent updater new defs. a couple of times a week), Ad AWare, Spybot, Microsoft Antispy, and I have a norton firewall so I thought i was pretty well protected in that way.
Help, Help, Help. and Thank you so much in advance.