Story: I turned on my computer today and it worked fine and dandy. I connected my PSP to it and within a minute of turning on USB mode, the whole thing crashed. I rebooted and tried again several times. Still crashed. Doesn't happen with other USB devcices, just the PSP. So anyway, I tried to clean up my computer hoping i would do something that would make it work again. (and my computer needed cleaning out.) I deleted the temp files and cleaned up the desktop and stuff like that. Didn't help my PSP problem.
So while I gave up on my PSP, and decided to wait and try again another day, i also decided to uninstall my copy of linux, which i never used anyway.
My setup consisted of two harddrives, one windows, the other half windows half Suse. I figured "if i reformat the half and half drive, then linux will be gone and i can use it all for windows!" So I reformatted with Maxblast and was pleased to see it work correctly. Then i rebooted.
The computer posts, but where it ususally loads the os, it says "GRUB loading error 16." I find out that GRUB is what lets you dual boot linux and windows, and i had somehow messed up the system by deleting linux. Error 16 i believe means that my OS files are corrupt, or something like that. So i tried unplugging the HD that used to have linux on it, and i get the same errors. I unplug the windows HD, and i get error 21 (requested disk not found). I tried rearranging the boot heirarchy to no avail. nothing i can think of works.
What can i do to fix this?
Can i use windows recovery disks to restore the OS without removing my data?
If i cannot fix this, can i reinstall linux and somehow copy my NTFS files to a backup so i don't lose everything?
how would i get access to those files, seeing as how linux and windows are not supposed to be able to see each other's files?
Can i just take the bad drive to a friend's computer, set it up as a slave drive to his disks and use his computer to copy the files?
As far as I know, windows itself is not damaged, it's just residue from my dual boot looking for linux that is not there, causing it to freak out. I really do not want to lose all my data and have to rebuild my library of software/movies/music from scratch.
thanks for all the help in advance.