This is a bit of a long explanation, but bear with me -- whoever helps me out will probably need all of these details...
I have a 500GB Western Digital hard drive. Originally, I had partitioned it; one partition had Windows XP, the other had FreeBSD. There was also a third boot partition that I created with Boot Magic so that I could choose which OS would boot when I started up the computer. I deleted the FreeBSD partition. After that, when I tried to boot, I would get a Boot Magic error because the boot partition was still trying to run, even though I had deleted both it and the FreeBSD partition (probably because I never changed my boot.ini or anything and thus it was trying to access a boot partition that didn't exist). This was not a problem, it just said "press any key to continue" and I did and it would load to windows.
Then, I started getting an error telling me to insert system disk. I inserted the Windows CD and booted to the setup, but was unsure what to do. After researching some options on the internet, I tried resetting the boot order in my BIOS. This worked for about 1 reboot. I then started getting a NTLDR missing error which I fixed. Then I got an error about "invalid boot.ini, booting from c:/windows" and it would then just restart and be in a loop.
For all of this, the drive would show up as SATA 4 in my BIOS, so I really don't think the hard drive is buggered or anything. I've tried disconnecting and reconnecting it, and this hasn't helped. I installed Windows XP on another hard drive, and it doesn't see the original hard drive at all. Now ... I can't boot at all. I disconnected the second hard drive with XP on it. So, all that is connected now is the messed up HD and my DVD drive, and neither are booting.
I just need to access the original HD somehow so I can save my stuff!!!!!! Please help