I am losing the hard drive on our Element 40/250. Got an annoying message last night (which was a Windows pop-up) saying that something was wrong. When we tried to reboot last night, we got the blue screen of death. Further reboots got us to the grey Element screen. The on-call tech patiently walked us through the procedure to get us into safe mode and get us functioning. ETC is supposed to send us out a loaner board and we will send ours back for repair. Thank goodness for flash drives and backing up files! The other thing I have learned is to write down the settings. I am going to have to restore everything to where it was before. I've saved the show files after every change - but I didn't save the settings.