Ok, I just posted on the applications forum... trying to find out what fdisk is called in XP, since I can't find it... What I do is boot to the A: with a win98 or ME boot disc... Then use that fdisk to wipe out all my partitions... Works Great, but Had a friend who bought a new drive for a slave and he wanted to simply put his music on this new drive then wipe out the old drive running windows 2000 and do a clean instal of XP... I tried to walk him through the 98/fdisk thing on the phone, but he couldn't find his 98 boot disc... Ok... He used the software that came with the drive... EZBIOS... and it completely killed Windows 2000... So, I stopped by his house, Put in my 98 boot disc, and it shows 2 partitions... 1 primary and one Extended dos partition... Primary was easy to kill but the extended partition would not delete... It originally showed up as fat16 but at later attempts was called "unknown system"... Well this little tool worked great... it took 10 seconds on a 40 Gig hard drive to make it new again... "clearhdd.exe" Some of you might need this so here it is... Boot to the floppy so you have an A: put this in and type "A:/clearhdd.exe" Your old bogged down hard drive will be low level formatted and you will be able to let XP do the NTFS or Fat 32 format... you will have to unzip it on the floppy before you get to the command prompt... (I don't want anyone to forget that) Good Luck..