hey, it'd be great if i could get some help and/or input on this. here's the situation: i have 3 hard drives. the first one is a WD 100gb, where all system files and programs are located. the second one is a WD 180gb, a slave drive where misc. media and backup from the first is stored. the third is a Maxtor 160gb. so the problem is, while i was installing the third one intended as another slave drive, BOTH the previously installed ones decide to fail (i think it might have occurred during an improper shutdown). so basically, i have no access to the important data that i've saved for the past 8 or so yrs here are the problems more in depth: 1st HDD: - during bootup, it gives an error saying there is a hard disk error - not detected in bios - in device manager: shown as a proper device but with funky symbol-letter combo. - in computer management: shown as not initialiezed/unallocated with 639.33GB of space (WTF) 2nd HDD: - basically the same as the first, but no error during bootup and is detected in bios with a funky symbol-letter combo. i've tried scanning with various trial data-recovery programs, but because of the indicated storage size, it seems that it would literally take a week to just scan. i did some research and it seems to be swipe/erasure damage.... can i do anything from home to help correct this, or get the partitions readable. or what are some reputable companies to take it to? (this is my last resort i guess since it's really expensive and i have important as well as... sensitive material stored). thanks.