Over in the Storage Forum is our Lost and Found sticky post at http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?threadID=354911&tag=forums06;forum-threads
Notice we have the LaCie Miracle and more ideas for you.
As to installing an OS that is a BAD IDEA when the files are at risk. Save the files first.
I have an HP Pavilion Laptop and I'm Running Windows Xp Media center Edition Service pack 2.
Here is what happened, I got an bad virus and started HP's PC recovery (Confusing it with Window's Systems restore)...after it was at 3% I realized it was going to re-format my hard drive and I have files I have not backed up so I cancelled out. So, now I am getting "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file." I've safe mode, hitting F8, F10, F12..etc...and no luck getting past this error.
I do not have the OEM CD's that came with this laptop. What are my options? Can I buy Windows 7 and, if so, do you know if will treat this like an upgrade and save my "My Doc's" files? Or are there any other options I should consider?