I had my 465 gb USB harddrive plugged in to my W7 to move some tunes from my music library to the harddrive. That successfully completed an hour or so ago. I just tried to use the safe to remove feature to remove it & wouldn't do such after a couple times so I figured I'd shut it down & remove it that way like I've done in the past. I shut it down, waited 30-40 seconds & pushed the start button. Everything went fine except the speaker had a red X on it so I tried to fix it by clicking it but couldn't remember how I fixed it the first time so I thought a reboot might fix it. I have no way to show a screen print on it, but it did say something about doing a mini dump. Bad-Pool ?? something & alot of white print on a blue screen. I sat here waiting for it to reboot by its self but it didn't so I pushed the power button on the power strip & it shut down. I waited another 35 some seconds & powered it back up, fingers crossed. It came back up with a box on the desktop saying something like Windows either didn't shutdown or start up correctly & it asked me if I wanted to check online for a solution. I clicked the yes button but still no answer I have no back up pc so I don't know what to do. The red x is gone so I'm guessing I have sound again. "edit" I do have sound & I found the mini dump folder, empty.