I was a little out of line.
I know I overreacted. Actualy I loved linux while I had It. I accepted that the only way I was going to play my games or use my graphics software (I know linux has 2D and 3D apps but I am more comfortable with Photoshop 7 and Lightwave 7)...the only way I would use the various apps I had in windows was to reinstall windows and dual boot. And I still will...Sort of. I found that the problem with the Hard Drive to be a missing or corrupted Master boot record (or it could be the boot sector itself, im too tired to remember) But any way, the only way to fix the problem is one of the few apps made for data recovery. the catch? the particular program I need is $300!!! And even then, I have to buy another HD to copy the files to, then I have to reformat the problematic drive. When I do use linux again, I am using a very different method. Instead of dual booting. I am using a swapable hard drive kit. On one HD, I will have windows. On the other, I will have linux. If I want to use linux, I shut down my system, pull the removable windows HD and replace it with the linux one. Boot up and its like windows was never EVER there. Why? cause on that HD...It wasnt! I used to use that setup to transport my system from home to my apartment without lugging all the hardware with me. Just a HD with a handle hehe. But anyway, to make a long story short. If i am not able to do the data recovery with this demo, I have to reformat and lose pretty much everything. I will just have to try to rebuild what is sadly enough, basicaly the last 4 years of my life. And I am going out and buying a CD-RW TOMMOROW!!!!! And for those who are wondering, I am a digital artist dealing in 3D modeling and rendering, 2D art via Photoshop, Hand drawn-scanned and PS colored work AND Photography. I also was working on producing a digital music album. Everything was on that drive and I had no means to back it up. Every piece of art and its source file. Every photograph I have taken (including some impossible to replace shots of people whom I cant photograph again for various reasons as well as shots of natural phenomenons) Since I photographed it all digitaly, it is all gone. People take this as a warning! BUY A DRIVE FOR BACKING UP YOUR FILES!!! YOU MAY HAVE A SYSTEM FAILURE THAT COULD COST YOU EVERYTHING!!!!!!