Hard drive recovery has completely.
Posted on August 7th, 2008
Pretty much the first thing I did today was to dig out the Debian Sarge installation CD. While it maldisplays and is thus a bit tricky to use, it's still usable. I used it to restructure the partitions a bit in hopes that the confused system recovery software would work as it was supposed to. Also, with a non-broken Linux installed (however minimal) I would be able to make adjustments to the boot loader freely again.

Tweaking the partitions worked: the recovery software correctly restored Windows to the factory default!

Surprisingly, the second drive was actually the SEVENTH slot in the partition table and thus spared -- ALL of the data on it survived intact! When C: went to hell yesterday I moved just about all of my data to D:. I also copied it to the external drive just to be safe. The only thing not backed up was a year's worth of emails, and that was expendable.

As a direct result, this new install was greeted by the following songs:

Final Fantasy V: Victory Fanfare
Final Fantasy VI: Victory Fanfare
Final Fantasy VII: Victory Fanfare
Super Mario Land : Credits (set to loop forever)

The remainder of the day looks to be focused on reinstalling stuff. After all, I'm posting this from IE 6 instead of Firefox 3.
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