Suppose I were to break this mama open and snatch out the disc and stick it into a cheap POS I find on ebay or Craigslist and retrieve my valued files and scrap the whole pile? Is that not what a "professional" would do to recover my data anyway? I know the files aren't corrupt. I'm really leaning to thinking that this is a physical issue that disguises itself as a firmware issue. What would I look for as far as compatibility? Woodchip, if you're looking, please jump in on this one. No offense to anyone, really. You guys have saved this yank's bacon more than once over the last four or five years!