Final Post on this thread
I know, I know. I said my previous post on this thread would be my last post, but this one is likely (hedging bets here) to be the last one.
After the hard drive showed bizarre information, or no information at all, I almost gave up and was going to let an advanced linux/windows user try to help me out. Unfortunately, he was out of the country.
I recently purchased another hard drive, which was the same manufacture as the other one, formatted it using fat32 and loaded Windows XP (dont cringe) on it. Then I connected the non-accessable hard drive. Much to my surprise, I was able to access the hard drive and get the needed files off it!!!
Within the next few months, I anticipate getting a new computer and loading linux on that computer. That way, if there are any problems, they will not be so disruptive as this one had been.
A final thanks to rootboy and MasterC, just wanted you to know how this whole thing ended.