Ok, here's the deal... A friends compy has an older maxtor 40 GB hd. Date on the drive is 17OCT2003. It's an ATA/133 HDD. He works for a motorhome company and is in dire need of the information on the drive. Well, as of recent days he had issues with the compy getting slow, he said a warning message came up about low disc space, and he never knew how to empty the recycle bin. "Computer illiterate" So, here is the current problem. I tried to start it up w/ safe mode and as it goes through the drivers it stops at mup.sys file. While trying to get it to load with "last working settings" it freezes. Or if I try to get it to load as a normal start up it starts the fragmented white loading bar at the bottom, gets to the end and then freezes. Now, as I said before he needs the information on the drive desperately. I have currently checked the drive on another compy as a slave drive and it lists it at 0mb used, 0mb free. I try to get into the drive and it pulls up the "drive needs formatted" pop up. I can however start to reinstall windows on it but he doesn't want his HD wiped because of the info stored on it. Any Suggestion ASAP would be EXTREMELY helpful. Thanks ahead of time.