After purchasing two 500GB drives (one internal (SATA), one external(eSATA)), I wanted to start my whole workstation over from scratch and load my old files over as I needed them. I put the external drive to use right away to serve as my backup drive (and also to test that the drive works) by placing a few (50 megs or less) files on to the drive, deleting them from my old internal drive, and then copying them back from the external. No problems there. I then also ran several tools that check disks for bad sectors and disk integrity on my external drive because I wanted to be sure that once I backed all of my current partitions to it, that they didnt disappear. Again, no problems. I then made a compressed (probably my 1st mistake) .tib image of a couple different partitions that were spread across different drive. The total file size came out to be somewhere around 300 gigs. I also performed a verfiy on the image and it tested OK. I was even able to remount all of the partitions and access any data that I went looking for. I then shutdown the PC (and yes, my PC was turned off/on several times while I was testing the drive), disconnected the drive from the eSATA port and power, then removed all of my other hard drives. I then installed the new internal drive, and loaded WinXP onto it. My OS setup was going to be identitcal to what I had previously. After getting XP loaded up and installing ATI, I shutdown the PC, connected the drive back up and turned the PC back on. Before even starting ATI, I went into Windows Explorer to look for the .tib image. Unfortunately, all that I saw instead was three .tmp "folders" named MSI****.tmp (where **** were random letters/numbers) all marked at 0 bytes, and only 3 of the 8 or so other files from the original disk testing mentioned above (These 8 files were copied w/o using TI). ***See attached picture below*** After trying to clear the lump in my throat, I went straight for the CHKDSK /r only to find that the .tmp files went missing (but the other 3 files remained). My drive now shows that it is completely free space except for the ~50 megs between the other 3 files (an exe, rtf, and rar). I have tried multiple file recovery software packages and the ones that bring results only give me corrupt files, not many file names in tact, but some pictures did recover (but all cut off due to corruption). I assume this is due to either a) the fact that the .tib file was set to be compressed in TI, b) the partitions probably had some file fragmentation, and/or c) the CHKDSK /r command ruined them further? One last odd note is that everytime I reboot the PC, those .tmp "folders" come back. Also, there has been no data written to the drive what-so-ever other than anything that the CHKDSK command did. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. PLEASE!!!!!!