Further to my email timed 19:40 WinXP has bowed out. The recovery console, would not work. Now looking at a very sluggish full format of the C: drive.It is going to be a very loong weekend, with no chance of getting up in the air before Tuesday, maybe.
Luckily All my data and FS is on the drive 2. Good job I have 2 machines to keep me in touch. I was planning to do a reformat some time soon, but not right now. Frank F