Hello, I need some help in figuring out what happened to my computer. The system: Win 7 x64, i7 860, 8gb ram, 1 hdd with two partitions, Comodo firewall The problem: I was watching a video on youtube when firefox suddenly froze, then after waiting a short while for it to come back alive, I noticed I couldn't run any other app except for task manager which is I guess already loaded by the OS. Unfortunately this one was unable to kill anything, except for explorer.exe once it also froze when I went deeper in the tree structure on the hdd. Unable to do anything else I did a cold boot, after which I was greeted by the Win unable to start, files missing, start a recovery prompt. Connected the disk to a machine running XP, where I discovered that the installation partition was cleaned out (no label, no files except for a $recycle.bin folder) and the XP event viewer log added an entry "The file or directory F:\ is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility." The used/free space was somehow still reported correctly, just like it was when the partition was still fine. The secondary partition was left completely untouched. I ran a recovery program and I was able to retrieve everything I cared about from the cleaned out partition. What doesn't seem coincidental is that while the recovery program found all folders as they were before the problem happened, only "documents & settings", "users" & "windows" were stripped of their names (recovery program gave them unique 6 character names) and flattened in the root. Or at least "windows" was flattened, by which I mean its subfolders were also named uniquely by the recovery program and at the root level. With the recovery of the important files successfully completed, I ran chkdsk that was unable to finish, an on demand scan by avast on the affected partition and the recovered files which came up with nothing. Also ran tdsskiller on the XP machine, again 0 problems. I then tested the hardware parts: extended hdd test (complete surface test), memtest and cpu stress test on the offending machine that all passed with flying colors, so I'm clueless as to what happened. Let me also add that I generally don't do risky stuff security wise (never been infested and I'm using PCs since the ms-dos days), particularly not on this machine and I'm trying to find out what happened to it, so that I can hopefully prevent it from happening in the future. I plan to zero fill this drive, repartition and reinstall, but I'm holding out on it in case there's more to be learned from situation as is. Help and info very much appreciated.