Thanks for the answers.
The first thing we can try is to see if we can easily copy some of the most important data so the other work we do is not so stressful
Connect the bad drive and connect the external 250GB drive to the laptop.
Now boot the laptop into PartedMagic.
We are going to see if the bad drive is visible in the File Manager in PartedMagic. It is a lot more forgiving than Windows Explorer so we may get lucky.
First we must mount the bad drive and mount the two good drives that you will copy data to.
Click the MOUNT DEVICES
button which is down in the lower left of the desktop. Here's a picture...http://litten.com/images/mount1.jpg
You want to click the green MOUNT
button next to the partition on the bad drive that has the data that you want.
Click the green MOUNT
button next to the drive partitions that you want to copy to. If you aren't sure which drive is which then post a picture or description and we'll try to tell you. Your internal drive may have more than one partition on it like a factory recovery partition or maybe others so make sure you pick the right one. Again, ask if you are not sure.
Be patient as they can take a few moments to mount sometimes.NOTE THE NAMES OF THE DRIVE NEXT TO THE UNMOUNT BUTTON
button before you clicked it) They should be something like /media/sda1 and /media/sdb1 and /media/sdd1 (though yours may be different)
Once you have mounted both the bad drive and the drives that we are copying to, you will notice that the File Manager window opened also when you clicked the MOUNT DEVICES
button. In it you will see folders representing your drives. The File Manager window should be displaying the contents of the /media folder and your drives will be folders called sda1 and sdb1 and sdd1 (though yours may have different names that you got by looking next to the UNMOUNT
Double click the folder for your bad drive and if you see your files and folders then simply select what you want to copy to the new drive and right-click and choose COPY
. Then navigate to the folder that represents the good drive and right-click and choose PASTE
just like if you were in Windows Explorer.
Let us know if this works, if you have any questions, if it does not work for you or you can't see the files/drive.