Saturday 17 November 2007 3.21pm
Aha - some more info!
You say it fell from "a great height" but you "recall that the HD could boot" - does that mean that when you turn the laptop on, Windows boots correctly? if so, then what is the corruption with the holiday pics??
On the chance that the laptop does not actually boot into Windows - let me carry on with a possible solution for you.
Did you know that you can remove the laptop's hard drive and connect it to a PC? - you can then attempt to extract your pictures and other data from the hard drive before you bin it.
Basically, you need a adaptor cable. Into one end of the cable you insert the laptop's hard drive - and plug the other end of the adaptor into your PC. The adaptors are very cheap - Maplin
do them for a fiver. There is a Maplin on Bishopsgate
but another store
may be closer to you.
Finally - here are some instructions if you decide the adaptor cable is what you need...
Good luck - let us know how you get on.