|Well, the data ought to be there.|
Not sure which way to proceed even. I would copy the data off with a live cd or live usb.
Anything that you do by the Microsoft way may damage the data.
If the data can be lost, I'd maybe try booting to the vista dvd and try repair and see if that works. Maybe even a restore point.
1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.