OK so my boss gave me a computer to see what was on it before we decided to use it for something. So I boot it up, and right after it gets to through the BIOS, is freezes. The same thing happens if I try to bring it up in Safe Mode. So I take the hard drive and put it into an external enclosure. I bring it over to my machine which is running Vista Business 32-bit and do a check disk on it. I have done this several times before with absolutely no problems, actually it usually works very nicely. So after that I put it back in the machine, and the same thing happens. So I put it back in the enclosure and hook it up to my Vista machine again. I can see the two partitions, and I can move through the file hierarchy easily. So we take it out again and put it into an XP machine and try to use Acronis Boot Loader to replace the image on the broken hard drive. But this time we cannot few anything in the Drives. Acronis realizes that they are there, but you can only go down about one directory on each drive. My boss is trying to tell me that Vista added something to it when I did the check disk, but I've done this before and nothing has happened. He refuses to believe that the hard drive may just be fucked, and instead wants me to get rid of my install of Vista. Basically, has anyone heard of this before at all? Does running check disk from Vista on a drive that is an XP boot drive screw things up? I can kind of see that there could be a problem just because they are different versions of check disk, but I've done it before and its worked fine, and the drive in question was broken from the start.