Hey everyone... okay so this problem has just come up randomly out of the blue - i have an external 80 GB WD harddrive connected to my laptop via a duel USB cable... i have been using this HD for the last year without any problems whatsoever. Yesterday while copying a significant amount of data onto it from another external - my computer crashed and i had to reboot. the drive was still accessable - i aborted the transfer and headed home... when i connected the external from home, i got a collection of errors - sometimes i could access the files sometimes i couldnt, chkdsk on the drive would return "cannot open volume for direct access" After installing partition magic i got the error msg "partition table is bad" It seems that my $Mft (i.e. the master file table for my external) has gone bad. So far this seems like bad news (i.e. loss of data, and a lot of pain in the ***)... The first most annoying thing is that nothing actually happened to cause this curruption - one moment the drive was working fine... after copying the files the drive cant be accessed anymore... There has to be a way to either restore the Master file table without loss of data or to create a new one that maintains all of my data. (preferably for free... but at the moment id even pay for something to do this). My external is partitioned into three partitions - each of the partitions is visible in my computer, each of the partitions OPEN to show all of the folders in that partition - but none of those folders will open. This last bit is perhaps the weirdest problem - it lets me access the drives just a little but wont let me copy, run, chkdsk, nothing. Please any help in this regard would be GREATLY appreciated.