|Hey.. Thanks for your quick replies..|
Well I am working on a laptop, and it's all laptops in this
household so I don't have access to desktop.. And yes I did
try it on the other laptops, running Vista and Win7, where
mine is XP (first thing I tried) with the exact same result.
Ok so. OtheHill: I also suspect it's a partitioning issue.I also think this is how it happened.. Pretty much anyone on other tech sites insisted that this was irrelevant and
some even made me feel kinda dumb for suggesting this, so I stopped even mentioning it, BUT what did happen is, it
accidentally was still plugged in and powered up when I
booted the computer, the computer tried to boot from the
disk.. I got an error on the computer (can't remember offhand) turned
off the disk and and then rebooted and didn't get that error
anymore. But quite possibly I may have panicked and
powered it off at the wrong time I can't remember... Honestly I
think that is what caused the problem. Too much of a
coincidence that the disk worked fine before that happened.
Ok so yes I already tried Testdisk. .. testdisk sees the disk
but sees it as 2199 GB not 320GB. And it warns that "Disk
capacity must be correctly detected for a successful
recovery. If a disk listed above has incorrect size, check HD
jumper settings, BIOS detection, and install the lastest OS
patches and disk drivers."
So anyway, I just told it to analyze anyway. And it just came
up with Read Error on the partition (as there was no partition
I will use a professional if I have to, but if it's something that I
can just use some software to fix it (like testdisk for example)
I'd hate to pay!. I've sent out a few requests for estimates; one
says $50-100, another says $700-$1500 !!.. (like are you
joking?!) With a price difference like this, how can I not think
I'm getting ripped off?
If you advise I should get someone else to do it, like if you
think I'm playing with fire by messing around with it and might
totally wipe it, then I will take your advice.