Alex, at INFOX, was able to get in touch with Microsoft in Costa Rico for me and have Microsoft authentic my software so I could begin updating Windows XP with all the fixes. I had bought my Windows XP prior to SP1 or SP2 so it takes a long time to download all the fixes.
After that I will have to install my motherboard drivers and then I will be in position to see how much data I lost with my system failure. I am installing on a new 80 Gig hard drive. I put my old 40 Gig hard drive as a secondary drive. I have looked at the drive using Windows Explorer and most of my data files appear to be intact.
I did lose a large amount of photos. That is unfortunate. The worst part is that it looks like I am not going to be able to restore the most current Outlook data. I have most of it on my laptop that is being repaired in Panama City, but I quit using the laptop a year ago, so any changes made in the last year or emails received and sent in the last year are lost.
I may try to make one attempt to use partition Magic on my corrupt disk and see if it can recover any data. It looks like I have about 10 Gig more space on that drive than before so that is potentially how much I have lost. But some part of that will be on my laptop.
I am probably a day or so from being back on the air. I have ordered what I need to rebuild my Linux box and an external hard drive to be used for a formal backup process.