You could plug your hard disk inside a desktop computer and extract the files you want.
I have tried that and it wouldnt allow it to be read and i did it on different systems just to see if it could possibly get read from a different system but nothing, Im thinking maybe recovery console might work but im not sure how to do this with this small laptop, i can do wonders with big laptops but very unsure of this little one im searching the net for more info on how to access the drive after this happeneds. It was like a power button was hit and then crash, on a normal system i would just run a disk in it and restore the system files without lossing my doc. but this has no cd drive and i could use a usb drive /flash drive but would that be the same system if I used a xp disk and put it on the flash drive? without messing up the recovery part. brain storming this thank you for your thoughts im new to these smaller notebooks.
spec: Acer one series Model number .ZG5 running xp OS