Basically, last week, i bought a 512 stick of RAM, i put it in not realizing my mother board tops out at 768 RAM, and i already had 512 in there. Anyhow, after figuring out that 1 gig of ram wont work, i took the 512 stick out and put the old 256 sticks back in. A few days later, i was on my comp (today) and i was online, i tried to use windows media player, it wouldnt work, so i said screw it, i restarted. But it was different, when i was restarting before it shut down, instead of the normal all blue screen that shows up that says "windows is shutting down" a smaller window came up instead that said it was shutting down and saving settings. When i attempted to restart everything looked fine, it goes to the black "windows XP" screen with the little bar scrolling back and forth, but when its time to get to the login screen, i get nothing but a black screen, and the mouse arrow. The arrow has the little hourglass near it for a sec, but nothing happens. I tried to go into safemode, its like it goes into it, but its nothing but the text "windows safemmode servicepack 2 etc" and the larger version of the mouse arrow. The thing is, i plan on getting a new motherboard etc this week, a friend of mine is just going to rebuild another computer for me, but my question is, can i salvage all of the data on my hard drive (which includes a rap album that needs to be given to a studio to be mastered as well as 70 gigs of mp3s/samples/wavs). I mean, im just wondering if there is any possible way i can either get to the login screen, or if at the worst, get the data off of there, i dont care about any programs etc, just the music stuff that i need. I will lose thousands if i cant get that album off there. I know for a fact that the stuff is still on there. When windows ran a "disk check" or whatever, it confirmed i had 14 gigs left from my 80 gig drive. Please help.