After much toil & anguish, I can now get the PM rescue disk to start but it only describes the disk as "bad" and cites an error message 116, which refers to a partition table error. As I have reinstalled Windows on another HD now, I don't care about recovering the Win XP on the primary drive but would very much like to be able to access the family photos and videos on some logical drives which were present but can no longer be seen by PM. Presumably, if I use the format command from the PM window, I will formaat the entire disk and lose the files along with it? If I did this, are there any "deleted" file recovery porgrammes which would find them afterwards? Please help, I'm nearly out of ideas now!