Ok, here is the situation. I have a Hughes HDVR2 running 6.2 with HMO. It recently froze, like it has done a few times over the years. I unplugged the unit, like I always do to reboot. But this time it hangs at the powering up screen and never progresses to the DirecTv blue screen that says almost there. I opened the unit, and the hard drive (Maxtor DiamondMax 300GB) was making some strange noises. And, no I don't have a copy of the image, stupid me! So, I ran SpinRite on the drive, and it can see the drive and the program ran with no major issues showing up. So, I put the drive back in the Tivo, and it hangs at powering up still. So, I decided to run MaxBlaster to check the drive for failure. But when I plug the drive in and try and boot from the CD my computer just sits there, it will not boot from CD. I checked all my settings and it will boot from the CD when the drive is unplugged. GO FIGURE!!!! It does boot to SpinRite on a floppy but not with MaxBlaster on CD. I have allot of programs I really would like to save from this drive. I have searched the forums and can't seem to find a similar problem. Assuming the drive is still good, what is the best way to try and recover the recordings? Since I can't seem to boot with the drive attached, can I hook it up via USB to a windows machine? Any help would truly be appreciated. Thanks.