Today I had a power failure (I usually have one every week, and it just shuts my computer down and it comes back up fine after power returns.) This time though, i was in the process of closing a program and I'm fairly sure the disk was writing data at the time the power was cut.
When it rebooted, i got the "Data Read Error, please press CTRL-ALT-DEL" message. I had to head off to class but I am eager to fix this problem when i get home. Is it as simple as using the xp install disk to repair, or some sort of scandisk/norton program? Or is the drive hosed? It has basically all my important data (200gb drive) on it, and its a Maxtor. It is brand new and i have not yet made a backup. :(
Hope to find some good suggestions here, thanks for your time!