Firstly, I know very little about PC's, so please treat me like an idiot, it will be more helpful that way
Yesterday my PC turned off and rebooted itself.
But it wouldn't reboot.
It kept saying it couldn't find something on IDE-0 and wouldn't boot.
I managed to change the BIOS to look for a CD and re-installed windows XP.
Now, because I am so computer illiterate I have 2 hard drives on my PC, labelled C: and F: along with 2 CD/DVD drives, labelled D: and E:
They all work fine, except F: my second hard drive.
I've had this drive working since new, for about the last 8 months and it contains all our family photo's, music, games, documents etc etc, basically stuff I wanted to keep safe incase of having to re-install windows. (I've done this before a couple of times and F: has always been fine afterwards)
But now, the PC reads the F: drive as being there, but when I click it, it says it needs formatting and I will lose everything on there
When I bring up the properties for the drive it says it is full (pie chart is all blue) but it only had about 65% of 120MB on it before it went wrong.
Device manager etc all say the drive is working properly, i've tried physically taking it out of the case and re-installing it, renaming the drive label (with help from this forum!) and nothing works.
I use Windows XP with Service Pack 1.
Am I b*ggered? Do I have to take it to a specialist shop and get them to retrieve all the data or is there something I can do to rectify it?
Big thanks in advance to anyone who can help