I had a hard drive disappear from bios and no boot.
I got hold of a PClinuxOS2009 CD image and it works as an operating system from the read only CD Download and burn for free. Use a non rewritable disk!!!
I booted from it and set to and had a go at making the "dead" drive dual boot.
It came up with many errors and kept on telling me the drive was not there. The good bit was that it was lighting the drive light!!!
After trying all the dual boot loaders on the disk i re-booted.
It began to load windows again so i quickly pulled the internet and it was alive again. Do Not Connect The Internet Again!!!! NO MATTER WHAT!!!
It had crashed when i was starting Avant browser and i wanted to have a look at what went wrong. Avant browser went strait to a website called bing.com displaying the web down message on the main screen and would not go th the home page even if i clicked home and was it still set to google when i checked the home page setting!
Remove the browser and use search with it set to find text in files and remove ALL of them if you intend to "save" the installation.
I am now going to have to copy all my data onto a second computer with Linux fully installed on it and totally re-partition the drive with the internet still disconnected from the ill computer and both during transfer.
It looks like Linux is going to save time in the long run because it requires far less security software to be loaded however it is a little slow getting used to installing software on it.
Yet another windows waste of time!!!