|cool, thank you I don't really have anything of importance on the computer, just my itunes setup for my ipod.|
I looked at the testdisk and looks like it needs to be run off of cd or via another computer.
I also was looking at Active@Boot disc Suite. I was able to run it off of the USB key but couldn't really understand well enough to fix it with any re-assurance. It's not very straight up, first it took awhile to realize which was the usb key and which was the HD. There were a few different programs, but nothing with simple idiot buttons like "restore old partitions" "or restore window's boot".
I was able to confirm that indeed my files were there, just that there were a number of other drives (and partitions) other then C:
All I did with that program was see if turning the drives to active would allow me to boot again (which it didn't).
I think I will take a look at the Linux repair.
If worse comes to worst, I'll use my computer to test out the Ubuntu Netbook re-mix :)