I'm trying to back up some dataoff a machine for some friends.They were running WinME, booted up oneday to a BSOD, bythe time I got to the computer it had stopped bootingonce past the POST. The most important thing is to back up herpictures, which of course she never backed up before, because we allknow computers never break. Anyways here's the deal, I went over and figured it would be a simplerecover/format job. Tried to boot into knoppix, no go, for some reasonknoppix comes back with an error saying it can't find the filesystem(not a problem with the CD, i tested it), Ok I have Winternals2004, boot into that, should be able to just copy the files to myexternal drive.Get into the WinXP PE alright but it's telling me theC:\ is not formatted and do I want to format now.Can't do that. So Ican't think of anything else to do, so I run Spinrite, in hopes that Ican recover anything that will be of use. It's a long shot but all Igot at the time. Spinrite finishes the next morning and I boot thecomputer up and it goes into windows, excellent, 30 seconds later themachine freezes. Now when I try to boot up the HDD isn't detected, Biossee's it but not Winternals, Windows 2000 CD setup, spinrite, oranything else.I have even put the drive into 2 other machines and triedit in an external enclosure,still nothing. I've reached the point where my only conclusion is that the HDD istoast,but does anybody know of anything else I can try to recover thesepictures?? TIA, James BTW I've tried editing this post 5 times now, and it keeps bunchingwords together when I save it. I must be missing somethingsomewhere but I'm just not in the mood to fight with it, so sorry if itis hard to read.