I'm trying to recover some photo's from a mate's hard drive, after his pc crashed but am running into brick walls, and out of ideas. When I tried to start the machine it was stuck in a loop of restarting itself, so I put my XP disc in and tried FIXMBR at the repair console, which went well but still no luck as I got a message stating that the drive was inaccesible. Then I put in another HDD with a fresh install of XP and tried to get in that way, same message. Installed ERD Commander and Partition Magic on the second drive, ERD gets the same message, and PM says that of the 2 partitions on the first drive (5 and 195 gig) 5 is NTFS 1 and 195 is NTFS 5(?) My mate says that he was getting low memory (virtual??) warnings before it crashed. Are there any easy ways to retrieve the photo's, or any software that can convert the large partition into a readable format. I asked one of the IT lads at work this afternoon and he said the drive was FUBAR or would cost a boatload to get the info off it, but I'm hoping that someone on here may have an idea what to try, other than put a hammer to it, cheers.