Posted 10 November 2009 - 12:42 PM
Well...I would remove the hard drive...temporarily attach it to a second system...and move the data files which I deemed valuable.
That failing, I would, using that same system and a data-recovery program, try to recovery the data files.
For that matter...I would try running chkdsk /r on the drive from the second system...after ensuring that data files are safe.
That message could mean that the file system is messed up or it could actually be the hard drive. Neither is good news since the O/S and all files lie on top of the file system..which lies on top of the hard drive.
Which is why I would try the chkdsk /r from a second system...first. If that system can run the chkdsk /r, it may straighten out whatever is wrong, if it's file system or O/S-related.
If you have to use data-recovery software, I don't think running chkdsk /r will speed that up or impact it adversely.