im trying to reformat my girlfriends harddrive. it was in a dell that i updated with SP2 and it messed up, so i uninstalled it, then had to reinstall the OS because something was midding.. didnt finish the install so now im here with a harddrive that has a half installed OS (wont install completely, just freezes up) and its connected to my computer, but wont show up as a drive to format. now that i've clumed it all together and you are confused i'll break it down half installed OS - wont install completely hard drive not recognized as 2nd hard drive in "My Computer" (the folder). things i've tried booting with Win98 bootdisk to goto FDISK .. doesnt work booting to safemode .. doesnt work installing with different win xp cd .. doesnt work hooked up to a few computers .. doesnt show up tried viewing through patition magic(tm) doesnt work i am astonished at now there is no resolve for this issue.. didnt microsoft plan for this? did they think nobody could ever get in "this" situation, or "that" predicament.. -frustrated alan Thanks team, i know you'll have an answer.. if not, i'll just goto frys and pick up a new 80 gig for them. i just hate to throw away something that is practically free (no extra purchases).