Well, my trusty PC finally bit it. I don't know if it was a virus or simply age that did it in. I simply turned it on, and it stalls on the bootup splash before it checks for alternate startup CDs/floppys, and before you can access the bios. I went out and dropped 1/3 of my summer income on a new one. 2.08GHz P4, 256MB +512MB chip (yet to be installed), 120GB Drive, etc. Now what I'm wondering: Is there any way to plug into the old one's hard drive to pull some lost files off? I did a document backup before the start of the semester, and most of the code I've written is backed up on my Zip disk which I use to do work on the school labs. The rest I have hard copy printouts, so they can be re-entered. In short, there isn't anything which I'll die without. I still would like to pull the (bought and downloaded, so not re-installable) $30 Matlab controls system package, as well as some of my favorite saved games off of it if possible. Any ideas, tech wizards?