Hi I had a sudden problem with my PC which has left me puzzled and wondered if anyone could advise me on whether Acronis Recovery Expert will help in this situation. My PC suddenly "hung" for no reason that I could identify, so I rebooted thinking this would solve the problem, but what happened next was that it posted past the splash screen and then stopped at the point where windows would normally boot. In other words it was finding the boot record on the hard drive and reporting "ok" but not actually booting windows. As a result of this it wouldn't go beyond this point to search for the boot record from other devices such as floppy or CD/DVD drive. For some reason I couldn't access set up using F2 or the boot record using F11, but cutting a long story short, I eventually got a response from the F2 key and was able to get into the set up screen and from there was able to navigate to the boot record. I found that my C drive was being reported as unformatted!! the other partitions were normal NTFS as they should be for windows XP. I can't understand why the partition on the C drive has been corrupted, but obviously I need to reformat it, but I also realise that by doing so I will lose all my valuable data on this partition. I back up regularly, but not enough to be up to date with everything I need to save. My question is basically what would be the best way of dealing with this problem, for example would it be better to reformat the partition and then try recovering the original partition to get my data back, or could I create a boot disk with Acronis Recovery on my other PC and run it on the main PC to try and repair the partition without losing the files on it? The reason that I am asking this question is that I have no experience using the Acronis Recovery software and although it seems straightforward for the user, I'm not sure how I should approach the problem. I have Spinrite v6 which I have run twice on the partition but it reports no errors, although to be fair I think this software is designed to recover data from a failing drive and not a healthy one with a windows problem. I haven't yet purchased the Acronis software but realise it is my only hope of recovering the data on my drive, I just need some advice on what would be the safest way to tackle the specific problem I have because my thinking is that something has corrupted my drive and therefore I would prefer to get all the data off it and then do a clean install of windows... unless somebody more with more knowledge of this kind of problem can advise me on a better way to fix this. I am running windows XP Pro with XPsp2 patch, the drive is a maxtor 160GB on which I have 4 partitions all of which are fine except my now unformatted C drive which is of course where all my data lives. I don't know if any further info on the systen would be of any help but I can give this if it is necessary.