here's the specs and then the problem. 2.7ghz celeron 512 ddr ram soyo p4i845pe v1.0 mobo socket 478 120 gb hitachi deskstar sata hdd 40 gb western digital ide hdd 30 gb maxtor ide hdd audigy 2 platinum an array of pci cards but that is really irrelavant this ight be lenghty and alot of it mught be erroneous but to give a complete picture of whats goin on heres how it goes. the parts mentioned above minus the sound card, western digital hdd and hitachi sata is is about to be given to my grandparents when my new stuff gets here in the next few days (thanks to newegg) the hitachi hdd is my primary drive and will be reformatted and put in the new rig that is on its way. i was bored and set up xp pro on the maxtor that is not staying with me. it had all my important stuff backed up on it. not a big deal i was going to back up all my stuff on the western digital drive off of the sata drive so i didn't care that i reformatted all my backup. i got lazy and didn't back up all my data from the hitachi on to the western digital and well i think i got a virus and my xp pro has become unbootable on the hitachi. it hangs at the black screen with the scrolling blue bar and then reboots its self. so basically i am pretty sure i am S.O.L on getting back my music porn etc. about 20 gigs or so of stuff i have collected. my mobo only supports a single sata hdd (no other type of sata device) it is only detected as the master no way to make it the slave. it shares an ide channel. i ahve three ide channels total. i wanna boot up with the maxtor ide and have the hitachi sata just show up as another drive. i can't seem to do that. i have tried tweaking the bios. jumpering the ide drive right. and no matter what the install of xp which doesn't fully boot is always seeked out first. i hope this has made enought sense for somebody to help me out. the only other thing i can think of that might work would be to get an external enclosure to put the drive in and use it through a usb. anway if somebody could shed some light on it for me that wouldbe great.