Hello, i've been at this for about 10 hours now. Googling, mucking around with cables, booting, resetting, blah blah blah. Please can anyone help me with this.... OK. So the last thing that happened before I went to bed last night was an automatic update from MS as I shut down the PC. Not much unusual there. Clean shutdown, all good. This morning, I turn on the PC (its a desktop) - as soon as it gets to the Windows XP Professional splash screen with the blue bar, the whole system just hard reboots itself. So i've made the assumption its hard disk related. I slaved the HDD onto a different PC and doing so caused that PC not to be able to boot either, so I put it back where it was. I read up on some solutions using the recovery console booting from the XP setup CD, but if I try to DIR the volume all I get is "An error occured during directory enumeration". I can FIXMBR and FIXBOOT but neither has resolved the issue. I've read that a CHKDSK will do it, but because the volume can't be read, CHKDSK just hangs the whole system (unless it doesnt have any output, do you know?). I can't repair windows, I can't reinstall over the top without a reformat - and this is not an option at all. The PC in question is not backed up (my bad), and its got work on there, payment for which is the only thing thats going to allow me to eat! I got a floppy boot disk from ntfs.com which allows me to examine and read the volume and confirm everything on the disk itself is intact... but I can't move it anywhere - I have no CD burner, and because we're not in windows, i can't copy it over the network. This is absolutely driving me insane, does anyone know of a way I can sort out my PC? I absolutely hold microsoft responsible for this... not the first time a windows update has ballsed things up, it happened on my laptop before and I had to do a big rollback, but now, its corrupted (i beleive) my NTFS so I cant even boot windows, in any mode..... recovery console appears to be powerless... data loss is NOT an option... Please please help!