Today at work my laptop had an "amusing" (not) crash. Fortunately just before it happened I was doing a local backup to my USB HDD. Right after I came back everything was funky (HW errors, GPU @ 80C, memory full, etc) and Win7 was working the repair console. I quickly unplugged the USB drive and went to another machine and much to my initial horror, ALL the data was gone. I then plugged it into another machine and found much to my confusion, that all the directories went "hidden". I found this same thing on hte USER directory on my laptop (after I pulled the drive). Does windows 7 normally do this after it bascially is saying "you are screwed"?