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1st of all it would be awesome to find out my info was still there and I wouldn't have to reinstall my OS but I hold little hope for that....I do have the disk to install XP but the disk drive will not open.
Any help would be appreciated but please do keep it in laymen's terms and walk me thru carefully because I don't know a whole lot about computers once the OS is gone
Sounds like you have another reason to send your laptop in now. ;)
Are you certain you reconnected the drive correctly? There aren't any bent or broken pins? have you switched any of the jumpers?
If you need to backup the drive, and you didn't damage it while removing it, you may be able to use one of those USB HDD enclosures and access the data that way.