Well I have done it now.... Last night I was screwing around with a utility that finds and deletes duplicate files. Guess what...Erased part of the op system and that hard drive will not boot. Not even with a boot disk. Ok...good news.. Some background.. My Main drive is a 60Gig. Call it "C" new. My Aux drive is a 75Gig. Call it "D". My Old drive is a little 4.3 gig that I left intact and unplugged and put in the box. Call it "C" old. C New had the op system on it and it is the one that is fubar. It has all my programs on it...emails, email addresses (Since Dec2000) and every possible thing I have done as far as correspondence since Dec 2000. All my pictures with the digital camera...you get the Picture. About 20 gigs worth on it. D, where most of my wav. files..music files etc are stored is intact. Works fine..but no op system. All is not lost! C old is what I am using now. It is amazing how much I have done since December. This is a dinosaur compared to the progress since then. I plugged it in and I am back to December 5, 2000. Ok...Their is a lot of stuff on new C that I need really badly. My options as I see it: 1. Wipe the drive clean, copy old C to it...start over. I will have about 800Megs of downloads to do just to reconfigure hardware, drivers, etc...take weeks...lose all the pictures, etc..Gone for good. 2. (Here is where I need help) Pull D out. Install new C as D. Boot system with old C, try to copy files from New C (now d) to CDR's and save. reformat the drive and copy Old C top it. Update everything to new standard and load CDR's of files into New C again and be closer, faster than starting over. Can this work?? Will the remnants of the ME system (old C has windows 98) interfere with being able to access the drive and pull files?? As is..in order to use my hardware with Old C, I am having to do 130 megs of drivers and updates just to configure the SCSI and the new sound card, new modem...all the hardware..CDR programs...etc.. I do have my huge tower for storage only...but key info like emails, correspondence, vacation pictures, presets, Direct X, all my hundreds of plug-ins...many that I cannot find all the disc...downloaded programs...etc.. A friggin nightmare. Please fill me in on what you would do. Bootdisk did not work on New C...too much missing. I am going to be at this a while.