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A Disk Read Error has occurred...?

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Hello again,
My computer was working well up until yesterday, when I accidently knocked the plug for the surge protector out of the wall. The computer was running at the time, so it restarted. The POST was going alright, everything was being detected, until it tried to boot from the hard drive. It recognized that there was a boot image on the drive and everything, but it said,

"A disk read error has occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

I tried restarting, but the same thing popped up. The drive was working fine up until this point, no errors or anything. I tried reseating the memory, and it still happened. The hard drive is a Maxtor 200 gig hard drive which was just purchased in June, so I kind of hope that it isn't shorted out or anything.
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The disk itself is probably fine, but most likely the file system is screwed, if it was doing a write operation at the power-out.

Try booting from your XP CD and doing a Repair installation?

At worst you may need to do a reinstall, after a reformat.

Times like this those regular backups are handy huh?
The problem is, you might already have lost *a lot*.

Hence my comment about regular backeps. Always treat data on a hard drive as VERY temporary, unless at least 2 verified copies are stored elsewhere.
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