OMG, Ive just pulled through a right difficult day with my hdd. Long and short of it.... it seems segments 623, 624 and 625 on my hdd are bad Its only 6 months old too! Does anyone know about segments on a hdd? Are they as bad as having a bad sector. Ive done my year course in hardware and maintenance but cant remember a thing I learnt! If I remember right they are bigger than sectors, but I dont know what a bad segment is. It started off with me booting it up earlier on, I got this screen saying windows failed last time, do I want safe mode, normal blah blah. I selected normal. I did get bored of waiting for the thing to shutdown last night so I just flicked the switch! I didnt think anything was wrong with windows. It got to the windows xp animation and restarted, to the same option screen. This time I pressed safe mode. It got as far as agp440 and then rebooted. Oh shit! So I got the windows xp floppies out. They didnt get past disc 2 of 6. So I got an old bad sectored hdd out, used the floppies and it worked fine. It must have been the hdd. So I got Micro Scope on the 'decent' hdd, it kept on saying it wasnt IDE! Though it is. So that was useless. I eventually installed xp on the bad sectored hdd, ran the dodgy one as a slave. Scandisk picked it up and ran. It told me about the bad segments. It carried on into windows and everything was normal. Only that scandisk or the bad sector check wouldnt complete on the dodgy drive. It now boots into windows but doesnt load explorer. I have to use task manager and new task to do anything. Ive run sandra and its performing about normal. It plays games and has no virus' nor everything ad aware checks for. Its a mystery. I do get a box saying browserue.dll (or summit close to that) wasnt found. It tells me to reinstall. I started flapping when the bootup disks and micro scope turned the hdd down. Im off to try and get windows going properly again. Its bloody anoying cos for the first time in ages and ages I actually bought a game! In fact 2. Microsoft Flight Sim and Secret Weapons of WW2 and a second hand joystick..... I havent been able to use any of them! Maybe someone is watching me! I really cant lose any of the stuff on that drive either. Usually I can get by without whatever Ive lost but Ive got loads of photos of the moon Ive taken. Ive traken loads for years but these are little better than normal, god knows why!