I can certainly re install the system. I would like to use this option last if possible, as she wants her pics and docs off of if if possible. I have the install dvd and drivers at hand if needed. Next I will slap the hdd in my external case and see if I can access the info from my pc. I might also use a Linux live cd to boot it and see if i can also access the info there, as well as check the condition of the drive.
Once I tried sfc and it said there was a system repair in progress that is requiring a reboot. Reboot and try again. So I did, and got the same message repeated. With sfc, I was hoping to check the condition of the system files and replace if needed, also try writing or repairing boot sectors, but am not able to access sfc.