on my friend's pc, he got a BSOD while booting into winxp. i looked up the error msg on google and was able to resolve his boot issue by booting to a recovery console and then running checkdisk. checkdisk claimed to have found errors and fixed them. but i was suspicious ot the health of the hard drive, so i downloaded the powermax utility from maxtor and ran all tests i could. everything checked out ok, even tho powermax did say it found errors and corrected them. then like two weeks later, my friend calls me again and tells me that basically his pc just got a BSOD and won't boot anymore. so i thought maybe it was the same problem? so i went over and when i went to boot the pc, it would post but would not load the OS. the bios detects all drives fine, but the OS just won't boot. his pc also has a 2gb wd mounted in the case but not connected (i gave it to him last year as a temp backup with win98 installed), so i pulled out the maxtor and connected the wd. now the pc boots fine into the OS (tho it did hang eventually, but that was becuz of driver issues). it seems to me that this maxtor is FUBAR'ed... but i was kinda hoping two things. first is that it is under warranty. second is that maybe there is a glimmer of hope that i might be able to recover data off it. today, i finally got around to looking up the warranty of this maxtor, and luckily, it is under warranty. next is the issue of data recovery. i stick this maxtor into one of my backup rigs. the bios detects it and the pc posts normally. afterwards is where the problem lies. it will not load the OS (i was trying to get into safe mode), so i tried to boot to a win98 cd. after i choose to boot from cd.... the pc just hangs. odd. so i download the powermax utility and try to run the diag. when loading caldera dr.dos... the pc hangs again. next, i pull the maxtor out of the rig and boot off the powermax floppy with no hd and it boots successfully. so it seems like somehow... the maxtor hd is causing my pc not to be able to boot into any OS. has anyone ever encountered a problem like this before? you guys have any suggestions for me? i am quite stumped right now.