Trusty older Lenovo t61 7664-A18, really good kit. Been great for ` 7 years. XPSP3OEM, no floppy. Suddenly shutting down and reboot pops up BSOD: "unbootable media". Eeek. Reboot loop: goes nowhere. No modes booted Last known good...pfft Ok maybe time is up Google, google: Disc corrupted, HDD controller busted, disc 'broken"... "write off" ... etc Suggestions re XP recovery console to try and read disc and salvage data, or run chkdsk. - BootCDs - Put disc in freezer etc etc Go to 'tool box": Seagate tools: disc passed. Looking like corrupted files. So then boot recovery console off spare XP CD: Unreadable disc. !! OK, so, a bit of a mini project now...bit late in the day, so just a couple of runs at recovery or diagnosis with tools at hand or readily available. Try vanilla Hirens CD, MiniXp: loaded but screen res all wrong could not see icons probably my fault with something, not willing to spend a day getting drivers etc. Hirens not as simple as it looks. Not really willing to pfaff with Barts PE, or, UBCD, but I likely will now. KnoppixCD: unreadable disc : Wow: that never happened before. Multiple listings for corrupt blocks etc Last shot: took HD out of laptop ( the Lenovo Lappies have really good access to relevant HW bits. ) Mounted in USB chassis to desktop: DesktopXP could see the disc after a bit of jiggling with computer mgt. Could see both partitions: C drive and Lenovo recovery. Plain chkdsk could not complete: unreadable data Ran chkdsk options >> then all data visible and data files intact AFAICS. Copied out what I needed. Replaced HD, rebooted lappie: working !! how about dat. Get messages about Lenovo service apps having problems but otherwise looks ok. Now of course disc prolly slightly damaged: decision re replacing disc: would make a really nice linux box for the kids, or go for some new bits with extra Ram and try W7. W7 upgrade might be a step to far for this laptop. Likely upgrading all boxes soon: HW and W7: Reminder to self: make recovery disc. Just a little story. regards.