Have 2 HDD's in system, 20gb one which is about 5 years old and an 80gb one which is just over 2 years old. Over the last 24 hours the system sounds as if the HDD is running in an oil drum. It sounds this way when I access anything. Could the older HDD be on its way out.
Hey old man, you could probably pick up an and new 80gb HDD stick the OS on it and copy across the old data yourself by replacing the "dodgy drive" with the 20 gb one. A new drive would only be about 40 pounds.
Complicated way would be, get a mate to bring his computer over, buy a cross over cable (its just like a network cable)and basically plug the cable into your pc and your mates pc, set it up so it allows your mates pc access to yours and just copy all your data to your mates machine. Stick in your new hard drive once you get it and just do the same thing again to get your data back. Just makes sure your mates PC has got enough space to accommodate your data
having transfer the folder over means you haven't lost every thing. Though this will not transfer the operating system. Have you an operating system disk?
it would be better to clone that hard drive to a new one. as Cybermaxx has mentioned click here If the 20 gig drive is just strong enough it could clone everything to the newer drive. Operating system, settings, programmes, everything.
It would mean, substituting your 80Gig drive for a different one. To set the jumpers and hopefully run the programme. You could then take out the 20 gig, set the new one to master. Connect the old 80gig and boot to windows as if nothing had happened.