troubleshooting Question

CAN SOMEONE REALLY HELP? Corrupted HDD - HOW TO GET BACK TO original main PARTITION, OS and DATA?

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Hey there, can someone very good at this really help?

+ I am willing to go thru severe lengths just to get access to my data.

+ I have come to realise that 1 day ago, the reason for my laptop's failure is the corruption of the MBR on my HDD. (could be wrong)

+ I need to access very valuable data on my main partition (there are 2 partitions, only some information in the main partition is valuable.)

? What happened:
After laptop logo screen, instead of Vista's scrolling bar, "ERR2ERR3" appears.

! What I've tried:
recuva, getdataback for ntfs, ontrack - 3 recovery programs to various successes:
  access HDD via USB via another computer
  i have retreived my 2nd partition (which is a Hp recovery drive, with none of my
  data/information on it) - so the recovery of this partition drive is useless.
  one recovery program returns gibberish tree-structure of my main partition
  eg. [sdfjs2341] directory with no files.
WindowsVistaRecoveryDVD by NeoSmart.net - HDD attached to original laptop to boot off DVD
  selecting REPAIR and CHOOSING COMMAND PROMPT and BOOTREC.EXE COMMAND,
  but when prompted to SELECT OS, DVD fails to recognise any OS except it's own WINPE with
  0mb of partition - so I couldn't even get as far as bootrec.exe command to try fixing the affect
  OS.

RIGHT NOW:
  It's been suggested to copy raw, BYTE-BYTE clone of HDD.
  Then try other things from there.

I AM AT A TOTAL LOST.
I was very optimistic to start with, especially when this problem simply/merely arose from me hibernating my laptop and resuming it when I got home. The error could only have occurred during transportation from office-home... which couldn't have been that bad because I do in fact look after my laptop very well, BUT THE PROBLEM AT HAND SUGGESTS OTHERWISE.

CAN SOMEONE REALLY HELP?
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