I have a desktop with at least one clunky hard drive. That drive--I dunno if its bad sectors or the mechanics of it messing up, but sometimes I could access files on it on the desktop, but I think it mighta been the hd witht he mbr stuff on it, and so it was just screwing up my pc basically. I have two ide hd's in there. at least one has some important files i need to try to salvage, and I don't know if it's on the hd that acts up or if its on the one i think is ok. they both appear to be recognized correctly, and i can access some partitions and folders on the one, but the rest are not even showing up, and on the other one, there's not drive letters or anything showing up for it in My Computer even. I remember one time on my desktop when i ran a live ubuntu cd i remember it saying the drives were locked or some partitions were anyways by ntfs possibly because windows had not shut down properly as that is a common cause. that's probably the problem i am experiencing here. i think i remember some command line thing i had found in linux to override the lock and access the partitions, but i dont' remember how that works and dont have linux now. is there anything i can do in windows? also, i have an sata hd in there, and my laptop has an eSata port on it. is there kind of cable or device or enclosure made so i can hook an internal sata drive from my desktop into my laptop too somehow?