On the evening of Friday, November 20th at around 8:00 PM, I was using my Gateway laptop just fine and was playing Rome: Total War. I turned off the laptop and went home. I tried to boot up my laptop again at around 11:00 PM. Strangely enough, the screen hanged at the Windows Logo and then suddenly turned into the blue screen of death with an error message that said: unmountable boot volume.
I popped in my recovery CD. Everything looked like it was going normal, but then after pressing "R" to begin the recovery, the screen remained at the Gateway logo that said "please wait...".
I burned the ISO of the XP Recovery Console found here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/138692/xp-boot-fixes/
, and attempted to use it. I tried a repair install but got the error message that said along the lines that a hard drive could not be detected.
Then I used a laptop hard drive adapter and tried to use it with my desktop computer. The hard drive could not be detected. I tried it with my other two computers and got the same problem.
I have a lot of important data that I have to salvage off this hard drive, and I'm out of ideas. I don't really care about getting the hard drive to work again but I just need the info.