Old Hard Drive had bad bootsectors. tried rewriting the MBR which didn't seem to help with getting past the dma pool chek on bootup. I was advised that a reinstall of Win XP would not take away personal folders. This was true apart from my sons user area. Sometime he had changed his user name and this renamed his personal folders within the my documents fiolder (so he tells me). all other users are still there. His outer folder is still there, all his favorites are there, his recent doc links are all there but his documents have evaporated. Any idea about refinding them? Here's hoping, Jim m.