I thought I posted in here this morning, guess not...
Dark, I took your suggestion with the bootcfg but that didn't work. Also, that command apperantly doesn't exist in Vista's recovery console and the closes I could find was bootrec /rebuildmbr (or something alone those lines)
Fractalr, the boot file wans't deleted, I wouldn't have been able to pull the safe mode options if it wasn't there.
Thanks for the Idea JCB, I couldn't find a legitimatly free download for that though
I think it's a lost cause. I'm pulling all the data that I can from the drive that she could possibly want before it gets wiped clean. I have one more trick I want to try with sfc but that'll wait until after the data get's backed up.
Just to bump with info, the SFC idea that I had didn't work
. I tried plugging the drive into my desktop and usings teh /offbootdir and /offwindir options but it refused.
Data's been pulled so now it's time to reformat. I'll be passing that off to someone else though with summer classes and working two jobs I don't have the time to do a professional job on it