This is a critical issue to me. The laptop was bought couple months ago, so I haven't done any backup of my files. (which are very important to me) It's an ibm x40, 40GB hitachi hdd (C4K40 model HTC424040F9AT00). Have been working fine, until 2 sudden crashes. Both was blue screen of "dumping ..memory" (although I had 512mb ram onboard, and was only using mpc to watch movie) Prior to crash, hdd was making funny clicking sounds repeatingly. (I've heard a similar sound before, on my desktop when it wasn't spinning properly.) The sound occured when I was trying to skip some parts of the movie (by clicking on different time points). This same crash happened twice. Then finally on last boot up, I had an error message of some dll not found, windows cannot run. I restarted, and this time, BIOS does not detect my hdd.. and it tries to run Intel boot agent (from network..) I still hear the same clicking sound from the hdd... I've tried hdd regenerator, win boot disk, etc... All of them says HDD NOT FOUND. Could someone tell me what's wrong? Is the hdd dead....? or is it motherboard prob? Are there any methods I could possibly recover my data? Thanks in advance.