My computer (running windows xp) recently had problems with restarting itself at weird and unusual times, without any kind of prompting. Soon after, windows began to alert me with its annoying little message bubbles at the bottom of the screen "this program 'such and such' could not find such and such file, please run scan disk." Being the person I am, I hardly ever run scan disk, as I keep my computer on stand-by all the time, and the only time I ever restart it, is when some crashes. Finally, days later, I ran scan disk, and it was taking HOURS. Scan disk was correcting "crosslinked" files in the temporary internet files folder, and was litteraly doing it file, by file, spending a minute on each .jpg. I gave up, and manually restarted the computer anyways. (I ain't got time for this shit herrrre.) Started the computer, windows alarmed me that practically every single program had file issues, and I could not keep the screen free from error messages to use the computer. I run scan disk again, wait 4 of 5 hours! And come back to my computer, its now restarting itself over and over, saying there was not enough memory to complete scan disk's "re-linking" of practically ever file on my computer. Now the hard drive won't start up, I can't go into safe mode, I can't do shit. I tossed in an old hard drive with windows 98 on it, and while I`m running the computer this way, It won't recognize my old hard drive either. What gives? What caused this? And most importantly, how can I recover my old hard drive? If anything, I just want to get my files back. I`m already going to get a new drive to replace it. CLIFF NOTES: MY COMPUTER GOT OWNED. NEED ADVICE TO RECOVER FILES FROM HARD DRIVE THAT I CURRENTLY CANNOT GAIN ACCESS TO. Thanks for any help you can offer.