I have a user who dropped his laptop Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7 and now it won't bootup. It booted up past the Windows Logo with the status bar until it gets to a black screen with just the mouse pointer visilbe on screen which can move around. I tried to boot from CD, same result. I removed the hardrive and I tried using a USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE cable. This device allows me to insert the hardrive in a cradle and connect it to a PC via USB 2.0. The hardrive from the damaged laptop appears as a USB drive. However, I am unable to explore the drive or see the contents of it. It comes back with a windows popup asking me if I want to Format the drive, Yes/No? Naturally I don't want to format the data as I need to get some data from the drive of the damaged laptop. Has anyone got any advice, tips or tricks to enable me to restore the data from the drive without formatting it please? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!