Hi, my system died. I'd just got it all running sweet and I thought I'll just load this lil old rugby game with Jono Wilkinson on the front cover and his curse has struck me. The install hung, no action, stuck. Rebooted, except it wouldn't. No system disk found!!! Drat and lots of sweat. Tried to use xp recovery, but can't see the disk which is a 200Gb Maxtor SATA. I could see I was going to need a floppy drive. Ran upstairs, ripped one out of an old computer, started pulling my media center (centre in uk) from out of the pile of boxes. Eventually connected floppy - system wouldn't recognise it. I could see this was going to be a pain and would probably happen again so decided to go back to IDE and grabbed an old IBM deskstar 30G disk - will do for the os. Thought I'd have a go at grabbing my Ghosted clean system. Booted up with Ghost cd, eventually waited and waited, located my dvd with image on, started restoring to ide drive. Except that hung as well. So that was a waste of £30 and 1 hour. Did clean install of mce onto ide leaving SATA in place, but of course no F6 and no floppy (it won't read a cd how crap is that!!!) Okay so xp mce loaded. But no SATA drive recognised. Look in MSConfig and disk management and see that the SATA is there but is unallocated. Only option on right click is to set new partition. What I don't know is what that will do? Obviously in the muck up the mbr has got truly mucked up and possibly lost partition info, but I guess the data might still be there, which would be nice, although not desperately vital. I had backed up my carefully retagged and reimaged music. Anyone got any ideas on helping me with my sob story - I'm pretty upset!!! and I was going to revisit the idea of sex with my wife tonight. Gordon.