I don't believe there is anything that I need from the HDD, excluding perhaps the drivers (though I should be able to download these later).
Now when I attempt to boot with Ubuntu-Secure-Remix I now find myself stuck each time with the following message for more than 20mins:
[11.903564] xor: automatically using best checksuming function:
Also when attempting to boot without a USB drive I'm presented with the 'No Operating system found' message which is completely new?
I've invested quite a bit of time attempting to fix this netbook now, and think now that a fresh start would be the most painless option. Would you personally recommend that I wipe the harddrive completely first before reinstalling either windows xp/ubuntu?
Thanks for the help