Ok i'll try to get my hands on a copy of partition magic and give it a shot slappy_slime.
I'm running or Windows XP, SP2 ^^
Sounds like you have an issue with you hard disk controller drivers in XP or your controller is bad. How many drives do you have? Have you looked in device manager and see if anything is flagged?
-Driver/bios, are they up to date? -Are you overclocking? (if the PCI/PCI-E bus go to far out of spec you get exactly this problem. PCI-E should be 100mhz, PCI should be 33mhz and AGP should be 66mhz) -Do you have a spare data cable? This can cause it too
Oh tks for reminding me to check my bios nuke! Turns out the cause of it was an outdated bios
Slappy, Graham and roadrunner - tks for the advice too!! Appreciate it ^^
Glad you got it working.
Run the manufacturers test once more just to be sure.