Trying to come to grips with the fact that I may have lost a ton of stuff forever in the nasty PC crash I had earlier this evening. Typing this on my son's laptop. I felt obliged to let you all know I may not be posting for awhile if I can't get it to do something tomorrow. As of now, I've spent more than three hours with it. It tells me there's a security disruption and it must run chkdsk. After locking up on chkdsk three times it finally ran, takes forever and ends up by saying it can't continue due to a security disruption. Sigh. Third base. Attempts at other types of recovery go through the motions only to say they can't conclude until I run chkdsk...which now locks up the PC again!! AARRGGHH! From time to time it opens normally only to lock up the minute I try to do anything. It will NOT open in safe mode nor will it open the boot sector so I can reboot from my boot disc.
Will try again tomorrow. If no luck then I will have to wait until my tax refund comes in a couple weeks to get it looked at. Excuse me now while I go smash my head against the wall to see if i can get some sleep. Shit.