Slave or Cable Select the drive onto a working machine and D&D the files over. Then I would try a repair install.
Long story short... Friend fries old motherboard (Via chipset), gets new motherboard (nForce2 chipset)... When trying to boot Windows now, it will BSOD and then auto-reboot the system.
My guess is that it's because he didn't have time to remove the Via chipset drivers before the motherboard got fried. Safe mode doesn't work, same thing happens.
There is some data on the drive he'd like to get, but it's not anything that couldn't be lived without. We haven't tried doing a repair via the XP CD yet, but have had bad experiences with that in the past (it messed up the install bad enough that it required a reformat). Are there any other options we haven't considered to get the current OS install up and running or is it just a lost cause?