Judah McAuley chimed in: >>Two quick things come to mind: >>fdisk /mbr ... that writes a new master boot record and can fix file >>allocation problems. It is non-destructive (unless you have a boot >>sector virus). Hi Judah! Pretty close ... I think I read earlier today that you can't have a space in that command. <shocking confession> I don't 'fdisk' often. I KNOW! You wouldn't think it to look at me ... but it's true. So I 'cheated' and surfed around for some instructions ... the ones I ended up stealing were pretty emphatic about not including any spaces in that command. <20 Hail Mary's and I'm outta here! /> >>Look for an old copy of Norton Disk Doctor. Oh wow! ... ;-) ... Cool! ... You got me good, dude ... I had *completely* forgotten about that! You are right! That was a pretty good utility. (Dang! I wouldn't have guessed you were old enough to 'member that!) Good call! (There ain't no way I'm gonna find a copy - but yeah - an excellent recommendation anyway!) Thanks! RonL.