Hello all, i registered a while ago but this is my first real post i suppose, i mostly lurk and read the helpfull info. Anyways, im pretty screwed right now. I went to turn on my comp a little while ago and it froze at the welcome screen. Odd i thought, but nothing a reboot cant fix, i was wrong. The comp just wont get past the welcome screen, even in safe mode! Another odd thing is, while my comp just sits there my HD is churning and every 30secnds or so my dvd-rom lights up and i hear is searching for a cd (no cd in there). So, im using my sisters comp to type this out (133mhz with 32mb ram, LOL). I also poped in my xp cd and did a chkdsk /r thats still running. I cant loose the info on my HD and its one whole partition (i would rather let my comp sit dead for 3 months until i can afford an upgrade than format). Any suggestions are more than welcome. I'm worried my comp actually might be hosed. my stats, win xp pro, 40gb HD, 512 ram, geforce3, athlon xp 1700. No new hardware added for almost a year. No new sofware installed in the last month except disk keeper 7 trial.