chris hardy asked: >>Did you fdisk it before reinstalling windows? Hi Chris, I think my wife is planning to fdisk the laptop before I get home this evening. I think we're both pretty convinced that should be our next step. [My gut feeling is that we'll end up 'low leveling' the drive, crossing our fingers that this repairs the FAT, (I think it should), followed by a full reinstall. Total loss of data - but oh well.] >>I seem to recall that the ME emergency disk has scandisk on it. If so, you >>could boot from that disk and at the command prompt type scandisk - it'll >>check the FAT and might even fix it. Good memory! ... Yup - scandisk is there. Unfortunately it just 'reports' FAT problems ... unless there is some "/fix_it_TOO" argument you can add to the command that I don't know about, I don't think it provides any help in actually repairing the FAT. RonL.