Elaine, That would be possible too, if you copy over everything , and I mean everything, the problem being that even under DOS you have tyo use a set of special orders to get everything across. You will of course not have a pagefile on the other partition. I think you have to use the DOS command xcopy /R,I,C,H,K,E,Y or something similar. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TTFN - Vic "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ _____ From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Elaine Sent: Friday, 16 May, 2003 14:13 To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Cheers for the reply Victor, I like to partition my hard drive could I copy all the info or rather copy partition C: Drive to say partition H: Drive, using dos therefore when I format I would only need to format C:Drive and then use dos to copy the partition H: Drive back to C: Elaine ----- Original Message ----- From: Victor <mailto:vlfll@xxxxxxxxxxx> Firestone To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, May 16, 2003 4:57 AM Subject: [pcductape] Re: restore disk Elaine, I am sorry to disappoint you in part - coz no way you are going to be able to put all your c: partition on a restore disk. The only caveat to that sentence is if that disk is another hard disk - and then all you have to do is "ghost" your current c: to the other empty hard disk and presto - you have a full backup just in case. When trouble strikes all you have to do is open up the comp, swap hard disks, reboot and your up and running. What I do is , after doing a basic install of my OS and minimal configuration of new system - 1. Make an image of my c: on another partition of my hard disks [I have 300GB of hard disks on my comp] 2. All the programs and updates [including MS updates] I first download to my comp and only then are installed. After I have about 600mb of updates and programs I burn them to a CD , those CD'd are stored away. 3. I run a weekly back-up job that backs up all the new docs and data on my comp - these too are thrown onto a CD . In this fashion - if something goes seriously awry it normally doesn't take me too long to bring my system back to life.