so im guessing somehow my harddrive got corrupted and windows wanted to run chkdsk. it got all the way to the recovering lost files, then it gets to "inserting index entry of index $0 to file 50" got stuck here, ran forever, now windows will not make it to the windows loading screen. i've looked online and can only find people having problems with "$0 of file 25". ive tried to repair windows using the disk and now it will not find vista. saving files on the harddrive is kind of important in this situation, thanks for any help. *quick update, im attempting to fix startup problems on "unknown operating system (unknown drive)" using the repair disk.