It looks like the Windows machine has died for good. I was trying to swap over files from my Debian install to the Windows machine so that I could wipe my drive and replace Debian with Ubuntu. About 1/2 way through the file transfer (over 100mbps ethernet, which is never any where near that, ever), the Windows machine unexpectedly rebooted. It stopped at the spot where Windows would begin to load, complaining about an unrecoverable error and that I was to hit CTRL+ALT+DEL. This did not help.
Under the Recovery Console, which I go to by insterting my Windows CD and booting from it, I did a CHKDSK and it also complained about an unrecoverable error. A DIR request yeilded no directory but a complaint about an unrecoverable error.
Without any other recourse, I am going to try and reinstall Windows. So far, after it prechecked the “not quick” install, the installation has been stuck at 39% for the last 45 minutes. So, its trying to do a bad block check and work around those, I guess. Its not doing it very quickly, though.
I guess that I’ll have to admit it and work out getting another drive installed. The DiamondMax 8 that is in there is the same drive that’s installed in the workstations at work, and our IT guy has replaced most of them already. Its just time, I guess. Time to play Taps.