Let's say I have had a horrendous weekend. My comp locked up Thursday evening. A complete lock-up... no cursor, three-finger-salute didn't work, nada. So I powered down and then rebooted. but it wouldn't come back up, kept throwing up errors. So I did a repair of Windows, but it said I was missing files. I left it for the night and went to bed. Friday evening. I repaired Windows again, and got the missing files from the driver disk for my motherboard. I was finally able to get it back up and running... sorta. My data disk (separate hard drive was missing), and my computer kept locking or doing the BSOD tango. I fight with it for hours, and finally go to bed. Saturday. I format and reinstall Windows. this means I have completely lost EVERYTHING on my computer... programs, files, music, movies, TV shows, all my college coursework, everything. I spend the rest of the weekend trying to find and reinstall the stuff on my computer. My data disk is still not showing up. I have swapped out the cable (SATA) and tried a different SATA jack, but got nothing. I haven't swapped out the power connector yet, but I have little hope in it. I got the drive for a great price, but at the cost of a shorter warranty that has already expired. Guess a new drive is the top item on my wish list now... besides the funds to just build a new computer. I wish I could say the moral of the story was to back up your data, but mine was backed up on the second drive. When it went it screwed the other drive up as well. If you are going to back up, use an external drive and keep it disconnected unless you are backing up or restoring. Be sure to keep your various installation disks together in a safe place, as well as the locations/web addresses of where to find the drivers for your hardware. The main point is to be prepared. Just as Christ told us to be ever vigilant because we don't know the hour of His retorn, we should be ever vigilant for such catastrophes in our lives and not let them take us by surprise. in all this I give God the glory for giving me the knowledge to know how to put it all back together. God knew I needed to clean my installation up in a bad way and this was His way of helping me get it done.