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I assume you have no Windows XP CD, in which case you are now between a rock and a hard place. It still might be a hardware issue (such as HD not being seen).
About the only way forward I can now see is that you create a Linux Live CD on another computer then boot with it. That way you will be able to see whether the HD files are present and your own as well. You can also backup your own files onto a flash drive - provided the HD is visible.
Don't be afraid of it being Linux. It simply runs between the RAM and the CD and does not change anything in Windows (unless you do so yourself). When you boot without the CD afterwards everything will be exactly as it is before.
Here's the low down. Lets use Puppy Linux because I am familiar with that one. To keep things simple download this old Puppy Linux 4.2.1 version (file puppy-4.2.1.iso) from the list on this website:
You then have to use the image burning feature (present in about all burner software) to create a CD.
Next step is to boot your dud computer with this CD. You have to go to BIOS and set the CD to be first, as it is usually after the HD. Watch the screen while booting and it will mention setup (which is BIOS). It is often either the Del key or the F2 key. Boot order will be in the menu somewhere but this varies so much it is difficult to advise without consulting the motherboard manual.
You then put the CD in the drive and power up. When you've answered all the obvious questions you will get to the desktop and your drives will be shown at bottom left. This will prove that the RAM, motherboard and PSU are working. I think that's enough for now so when you get that far we can continue.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks