I started buying new hardware 7 months ago knowing I would be loading XP and I wanted everything to be compatible. Just when I was so excited hearing from everyone on this forum how good XP was I was finally ready to build my new system. I get my new XP Pro cd and start loading. Fresh load, new 80 gb seagate barracuda IV, yes I just can't wait! To make a long story short and 13 reformats and reloads later I have finally finished. Intermitent problems, corrupt data, blue screens of death, agh! I could not figure out what was wrong. Tried different hard drives, configurations, nothing worked. It turned out it all boiled down to my NEW ROUND IDE CABLES. The minute I replaced the with the old fashioned ribbon cables everything went and has been smooth sailing since. I am sorry for the length of the post but for all you newbies out there just some simple advice, when all else fails it just might be a bad ide cable! Thanks to all on this forum who have shared there knowledge to make our XP-erience a lot better.