"A disk read error occured Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart" I only did a copy of the HD with ghost...

Greetings:

I was doing an entire copy of an old HD to a brand new HD, with more capacity and faster. I used Norton Ghost 10.0, followed all the instructions, did everything ok, after I finished with the copy I turned off the PC, and then I removed the old HD, then I changed the jumper, of the new HD to master, I put it on and everything was good, it was working very well, like the old one but with more storage.

My problem starts when I decided to format this new HD, because I was just doing a test, you know for get familiarized with the product and all, so now I can do a HD copy without problems and can set it up fast.
I formatted the new HD, I removed it, and then I plugged the old HD back in the PC as a master, thinking that everything was good, because it's suppose that nothing happens for only do a copy or something like a clone of the HD... After I set it up, I turned it on, the bios came up, everything fine, then the screen turned black and I got that famous phrase... "A disk error occured,   Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart".
I checked everything, the cables the settings, the HD with the Maxtor software, there's nothing bad with the old HD."
I set it on another computer as a slave, to check if I can see the partitions because there were 2 partitions on it, 1 with the operating system and the other with important data. In the partition #1, where the OS files needs to be, I have not access, it says that it's not formatted, while in partition#2 I can see everything there.
I downloaded ADRC Data Recovery Express, to check if I was able to at least see, the drive C: on it, and yes I can see all the files there, everything is there and active, only a few files are with Deleted Status.

After the search for all the files, I found that a lot of files where deleted when I was doing the "Copy my Hard Drive" of Norton ghost 10.0. I also found that bootex.log was deleted.

My question is can I, with a recovery tool, get my HD as it was, because this computer is not mine, and I don't have any of it drivers, and for me is a must to get that pc up, I would appreciate any suggestion, because I think that it have solution, but I'm scared to do a format to the entire partition and loose all the drivers, for the video card, for the sound card, for everything. The computer is a desktop Sony Vaio so I don't know if they are like dell, that they have a Cd with all the drivers they use, for everything.

I really need advices and a bit of help...

Sincerely:
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SysExpertCommented:
1) see if there is a recovery partition on the drive.

2) See if you can download all the VAIO drivers from the SoNY site.

3) I would see if you can recover either the new hard drive, or the old one OS parition using some of the following tools.

From  war1
1. Data Recovery: GetDataBack is good at recover data from formated drive.

Free:
PC Inspector            http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
Restoration                  http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html              
Active Undelete            http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html
Flash Recovery            http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecoverontracky.html
TestDisk & utilities      http://www.cgsecurity.org

Paid:
GetDataBack                  http://www.runtime.org/      
FreeUndelete            http://officerecovery.com/freeundelete/index.htm
Recovery My Files            http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
Stellar                  http://www.stellarinfo.com/            
Restorer 2000            http://www.bitmart.net/
Ontrack                  http://www.ontrack.com/
Easy Recovery            http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/
Zero Assumption            http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe
 
2. You may need to unhide hidden files to see them. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

3. You may need to take ownsership of folders and files to access them.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

Or optionally, send the drive out to be repaired by an expert.

 www.cddataguys.com
http://www.datasavers.com/  restore data on drives in a Lab.

 
I hope this helps !
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capecoAuthor Commented:
Hello and thank you for the answer...

I had not been able to solve this problem, the partition still unreachable, and can't be opened, but I was able to use somes of the softwares listed here, and they work fine, but the data is not recovered 100%. I finally found the drivers for this pc at the sony site, after a long conversation with the sony personal assistance, Thank you for the solutions, and may God bless you.

Sincerely
Capeco User.
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capecoAuthor Commented:
In the couple next days I will be downloading, and formating the old drive, and setting everything as it used to be. cya later...
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