I'm not sure what the problem is, so bear with me!
I've been using ubuntu 12.10 solely for a few months and getting along ok with it. I originally partitioned my 1tb hdd, with ubuntu on one side & debian on the other. I'm in the process of a very important piece of work with thousands of pictures and hundreds of video clips.
I was trying to get better gpu drivers in order to play a steam game (tf2) just to learn how to do it, and erased some fglrx drivers (or something). Nothing really changed, and I didn't accomplish anything. Upon rebooting, my sidebar & top bars would not appear, however, I found that I could still bring up terminal and desktop appearance/settings, but was unable to change the fact that I lost my side & top bars. So I found a thread on askubuntu that seemed to fit, copy & pasted some sudo apt-get's and sudo apt-remove's, and upon reboot I get a loop to "Loading Operating System..." and back to BIOS.
AFter that I booted live from a usb stick, and can only access about 18gb of stuff, the rest being "unreadable". I'm not sure if the hard drive has crashed, making those particular 180gb of media unreadable or what.
So that's why I need to recover a little over 200gb of media. I came across something called boot-repair and maybe that will help repair my original ubuntu install? But from the live usb I cannot access my wireless hotspot (tethering from an android phone). Any help would be MUCH appreciated! I need to finish this project by the end of June... furiously bites nails
*the thread I used to copy & paste sudo commands is here: