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If you can not access the OS in any fashion, then your data may be irretrievable.
Try booting to a command prompt, just like if you were booting to safe mode, but select command prompt.
If you get a flashing cursor, then try to navigate to a few familiar folders to see if the data is still accessible.
(technically the data is magnetic and still there, but with a corrupt Master Boot Record, the comuter does know where anything is)
If you can still navigate in the your hard drive, there is hope.
if you can not find anything or it is does not come up, this is your chance to restart from a clean system.
most manufacturers hide the restore data in a hidden partition. Accessing that information is more than can be done over this forum.
Geek squad is good but pricey., Friends are ok, but if they mess up....
One trick i like to try is this, I have several systems, if one craps out, I take the drive to another system and attach it as a slave to the system. The system treats the new drive as an add on, and the virus check will check the drive.
If it finds something, it could eliminate it. and restore your drive to a working status. If it rewrote files, that is bad.
good luck and don't forget to vote!!!
Posted on Sep 28, 2010
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