I don't know how it originally occurred, but the laptop can get pretty hot, maybe an abrupt shutdown from overheating caused the original error.
Boots directly to the error:
"A Disk Read Error Occurred Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to Reboot"
I tried the Vista DVD, repair, Bootrec.exe to no avail.
Also numerous partition recovery sw w/o success.
I figured I tried the rest and now I'll try the best, you folks at msfn.
The file system is currently in the RAW state.
As far as I know I did not completely delete or format the partition w/ the Vista OS from using any tools. (diskpart, trial versions of recovery sw, acronis, etc.) The OS should still exist on the drive.
This is what I would like to find out and potentially overwrite/rewrite the MBR (to get Vista to function normally again).
I saw a post w/ jaclaz using tools like TESTDISK to help solve the issue but I do not want to further complicate the matter if I happen to make an unreversible change. Can you help diagnose and recover the Vista OS Boot Record? Please let me know of any information I can provide to help w/ this problem/resolution.
Thank you kindly in advance.
This post has been edited by d8apzl: 17 July 2012 - 11:19 PM