Hi all. For the past two weeks my PC was booting up very slowly. I have Windows 7 installed on a 120GB Corsair GT SSD and a Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS for Games/Media. My boot times had increased dramatically from about 5 seconds to 45 seconds. I feared it was an issue with the SSD or some bad/incomplete Windows update. However, last night, when I booted up my system I found that chkdsk had detected "inconsistencies" on the Seagate drive. If I skipped chkdsk on boot I was unable to see this drive in Windows. I followed similar instructions to THIS and managed to have it back up and running. Boot times improved significantly (however, still not as fast as before). My system was functioning fine till today morning. In the afternoon when I turned it back on I was unable to see the Seagate drive and its partitions in Windows. I shut down the machine and on the next boot went into BIOS. I found that the Seagate drive was listed there. However, on booting back into Windows there was nothing. Now on restarting the PC (not turning it off completely) and going into BIOS I found that the drive was no longer shown. I shut down the system and changed the SATA connector and the port. Once again it was listed in BIOS but not in Windows. On removing the HDD from the system I found that my boot times were back down to the 5 sec mark. So I took the HDD to a friend who plugged it in as a second drive in his machine. There was a message stating something in the lines of "Hard Disk Status Bad". After this, Windows was simply not booting. It was stuck on a black screen after the Windows splash screen. So I'm assuming that the HDD is dead and wondering if there's any way to recover data from it. I'd appreciate any pointers in this direction. Also, as a replacement I was contemplating between the latest Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 and the Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX. Which, in your opinion, would be a better option. The new Seagate seems to have very fast performance and on the other hand there's only good things to be heard about the reliability and performance of the latest Caviar Blue (though not as fast as the Seagate). Thanks for reading through.