Let me see if I've got this right - you have 145,000 songs and they are on the same partition as the system files? Really? Wow.
Okay, let's do this. Before you do anything else, download Macrium Reflect and create an image of your drive to your external drive. Now, no matter what, you have a copy of everything. (If you want to pay for the best disk imaging software, you can get Acronis True Image instead - but Macrium is free).
Now if you want to try the repair install, go ahead. But I've never used Windows Search - and I also have quite a bit of music on my drives - though not as much as you (I have it backed up to 4 different computers and imaged to 3 external drives - I'm NEVER worried about losing it - but hey, that's me
). Instead, I use Rocket Retriever (http://rocketretriever.com
[b]/). It's a bit dated, but it's instantaneous. And there are newer 3rd party apps that do the same thing - some are probably free. You might want to look into them as an option
I'm not sure why part of the above is in bold - self formatted apparently - but nothing was intended to be emphasized in that last sentence. Just a bug in the formatting somewhere.
Edited by hamluis, 17 April 2011 - 08:47 AM.