XP corrupted (virus?) and the contents of my C Drive could not be retrieved, despite 6hrs of effort.
After 18hrs of the 48hr resuscitation process I had accepted the fact that the laptop would never work again.
Despite Microsoft's best efforts re-installation finally proceeded midway through day 2.
I celebrated with Argentine champagne (3quid a bottle)!
All I've really lost are some photo's and about 3 months worth of PokerTracker data.
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