Hey all, So story goes. I was downloading some torrents a few days ago and I started to get a lot of IO errors on the torrents - causing them to cancel / pause, I also started to see a huge decline in my system speed doing anything from opening a Safari window to navigating a new folder in Finder - taking anywhere from 1 - 5 minutes for any of these things to happen. So I decided to force a restart by holding my power button for 5 seconds. Once this was done I turned on my MBP again to be greeted by the spinning gear with a grey screen. AND it stayed there... For over 5 hours ! I went off to work in this time and came back to the same screen. I forced a shutdown again and restarted and the same thing again. Never ending spinning gear on the grey screen. I tried the different options to boot, Verbose/Single, I reset my PRAM and SMC controller (didn't really think these would help - but desperate measures). The thing that really confuses me though is the fact that I can still boot into my Bootcamp Windows partition - and it works flawlessly. I tried my Leopard DVD to attempt to boot from this to run Disk Utility to repair such and even attempt a FSCK if I could get into it. But when trying to boot from the DVD I select the DVD from holding Option when turning on the laptop - it then goes to the grey screen with the spinning gear before the screen turning black and then rebooting on from what I can see straight into the HD again - so this stopped me from being able to boot from the Leopard DVD to run anything. I have now removed the HD and placed it into an external enclosure to attempt to access it from my brother MB and also from my Windows Desktop. Both failing, the MB doesn't even see it in Disk Utility, and the Windows machine only reads the Bootcamp Windows partition. I have now bought a new 7200.3 320gb HD to replace the one in my laptop - but I really require some of the data from the old HD. Does anyone know any solution that I can try to do to get the data off of it ? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks I forgot to add - my MBP is only 5 months old - the standard level of the MBP 15" Unibody.