I built my buddy a computer a few months back and he has since let it get consumed by virii to the point that it would barely boot. I took out the drive and connected it to my computer. The drive has two partitions. When I went to boot up my computer it tried to boot off his drive. I changed the bios settings to that the computer would boot off my drive but it would still boot from his drive. I then unhooked my drive so his drive was the only one connected. I booted up with a Knoppix Linux DVD and was able to browse the drive. I deleted some files out of the root of the primary partition. I then hooked up my drive again and was able to boot to my drive but Vista did not recognize his drive. I started up computer management and went to disk management and after a long delay it recognized the drive but would spit back an error when I tried to initialize it. The next thing I tried was to unhook my drive and boot from an XP cd. I tried to have it format the drive but that didn't work either. I thought maybe I had deleted the mbr when I was running Linux so I booted the xp cd and went to the command prompt and did a fixmbr command but that did not work. Is the drive dead? It's a good drive (Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s) so I would like to get it running again. Any ideas on how to fix it with or without the data?