My PC has an AMD Athlon 1700+ processor with 768MB of DDR Ram (I have already been told in a previous posting that W98 can only accommodate 512MB of Ram) I have an internal Maxtor HD of 40Gb, and a firewire external Maxtor HD of 120Gb. When I first I connected the external HD 'My Computor' didn't see it so I couldn't format it, however I did format it using MaxBlast4 software. My questions are,1. If I reinstall W98se will my external HD be automatically 'seen' because it has already benn formatted. 2. If I installed XP instead of W98 would the external HD be automatically 'seen' by XP. 3. Would the recommendation be W98 or XP? I think I already know the answer to 3. This external HD has all 'My Documents'on it. P.