Need help recoving files/folders from a bad partition
The quick gist: There was a storm this morning, the power went out for a minute, but when it came back on the computer was working fine. A few hours later I catch the monitor flashing the blue screen of death and the system restarts, and when it does I get an error saying no boot disc detected. I checked my BIOS and it appears the boot order was changed, so I fixed that, but I found I wasn't able to get past the XP logo before the system would restart again. Would not go into safe mode. Would not roll back either. I eventually put in my system restore DVD, but rather than allowing me to do a soft restore, or giving me the option to do a full restore with back up (which it normally would allow) it went right into prepping the drive to be formatted for a full restore. When I realized what was going on I ejected the DVD and canceled the format.
I swapped the drives around and re-installed XP on a second hard drive, which I am using now to look at the original drive. When I try to browse the original drive, I get the error "F:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect."
I feared that all was gone, but perhaps not. I tried out this program called Active Partition Recovery and it is telling me that all of my files are still intact in this partition. I can browse folders, see the files, but I can't copy them to the new disc. I need help, either restoring the original partition so I may copy the folders, or some program that will let me do what Active Partition Recovery isn't; copy the folders to the new drive.
Any help, and I mean ANY help, will be appreciated. Thank you.