I was just clicking along, minding my own business when I decided to move a small folder to my external drive. I had a couple of IE windows open and was in the process of downloading a large file to my desktop. I start browsing for my destination. I could "see" the contents of the drive and even got as far as viewing subfolders, but when I attempted to open the desired subfolder, I guess the HDD crashed, because I got the error message that "the disk in drive G: is not formatted, would you like to format it now?" (I chose "no") I thought this would be the day that Norton Systemworks 2003 would finally earn its keep. Disk Doctor spotted the problem right away, said it could fix it, and asked for a reboot. Done and done. Now Disk Doctor just locks up on launch and My Computer just shows me a "RAW" drive. I didn't have anything really critical on that drive, and most of it was backed up, but I'll lose some odds and ends that I'd intended to keep if I reformat. The whole drive is pretty pointless if I can't trust it. The drive in question is a Maxtor 60GB model. I had it "optimized for quick removal", which seemed safer since it had "disappeared" and had to be disconnected and reconnected on several occasions. Any cheap/shareware/freeware/DIY suggestions?