Hello I am a wildlife photographer. I was silly enough not to back up a pile of my photographs from my hard drive. I was installing a 160 GB storage hard drive into the slave in my computer. (which hasnt worked in the past) After taking it out I ran my regular hard drive and it brought me to the blue screen of death. system 32 hal.dll missing or corrupt. So after trying to re-install windows (it wanted us to re format the HD but we didnt) we took my 80 GB hard drive out and put it into another Windows Xp opperating system. It showed up as 2 drive letters 1 was the recovery, the other the drive. But the recovery was fine, but the main drive asked us to re format after we clicked on it. Our main guess is that perhaps a spark may have hit my HD when putting both HD s in my system. I can not afford to lose the information, nor can I afford $500 to send it away to abstract the files from my HD. Is there a way I can get the software or is there any other way I can do this work at home and save my JPGs I have about 30GB which I need to save. Time is not an issue, because I need it back. I have worked with computers for 10 yrs extensivly. I have never had a hard drive fry on me before. Does anyone have any ideas that would be able to help me? I would be much grateful for any Ideas.