I was using my computer, and it was working nicely and normally when it freezed for no apparent reason. I had one program running at the time...the mouse was working alright, all its functions were still there; same with the keyboard; except the mouse was invisible. The pointer was frozen at one spot on the screen while I tried to use the invisible mouse to x out of the program...eventually gave up and shut down the computer by holding the power button for ten seconds.
Now it won't turn on - at first, the blue screen saying "Unmountable boot error." I tried looking that up and was advised to boot from the CD-ROM, use recovery console, and chkdsk /r, chkdsk /p, and fixboot c:. Did that. On both r and p, it stopped at 50% and said one or more problems may be unrecoverable. Fixboot C: worked...sort of, except it still wouldn't start. Eventually it came to the point where it said, can't find hard drive. I also got a different kind of blue screen, something about partmgr.exe, or something like that. But I've been advised now to not turn it on, because the HD can't be harmed while it's off...
Alright. Half the software on my computer is non-critical. Couldn't care less about MS Office XP or Adobe Photoshop because I can just reinstall them from my CD. The other half - Terragen, WindowBlinds, Desktop X - I can just redownload. But the entire contents of My Documents (and my wallpaper folder, and C:\Programs\Terragen, would be nice too...) HAVE to be recovered...it is absolutely critical that the files in my Documents be recovered in some way.
Help, anyone? Thank you in advance.