I have a Samsung 160GB hard drive thats around 3 years old. The other day I turned on my system and Windows would not boot; it would get to the screen with the scrolling horizontal bar and the windows logo and stay there for maybe 2 seconds at most. Then it would flash a BSOD message quicker than I could read it and force the system to restart. This would repeat indefinitely - safe mode caused the same thing. I tested to make sure that neither of my RAM sticks or slots were defective by taking them out one by one, no dice. I tried to use the Repair mode on the XP install disk with the 160Gb, but that didn't work (typing 'dir' gave me an error message - the disk couldn't be read. Also, 'fixboot' said the boot sector was corrupted and fixed it successfully, but the system still would not boot.) So, I took the hard drive in question out of my system, put in an old 40 GB drive and installed XP on it with no problem. I put the apparently broken drive back in the system as a slave and i got a SMART error which said to backup all data and replace the drive immediately (this is the first SMART error i had ever seen.) With this drive plugged in, the system would not recognize the master drive and would not boot. I had to unplug it again. What's wrong with this drive? And is there any possible way to rescue the data?