A surge suppressor will only protect what you have plugged into it. In particular, if you don't have a surge suppressor on your internet connection a surge can enter that way and fry your components (I've lost several components when lightning has struck our cable connection and surged into my systems). Now I have a surge suppressor on the cable where it enters the house (along with the phone line) - and additional surge suppressors to protect the network cables throughout the house (and at my wife's office).
Do you have a Windows installation CD that you can boot from? If so, try using the Recovery Console to repair the installation (here's a link to a how-to: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-install-the-windows-xp-recovery-console/
In particular, try these 3 commands (pressing Enter after each one, and answering Y (for yes) when asked if you're sure you want to do it):
If that still won't get you into Windows, then download a bootable diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (the more common one's are listed here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/
You'll need an ISO burner to burn the file to disk and ensure that it's bootable - here's a free one that I recommend: http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/v2.htm
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