I have a Dell Dimension Desktop PC with Windows XP, which I've been informed needs to be out of our house in 14 days - DON'T ASK! This PC has been housing 2 NTFS Formatted IDE Hard Drives, one 120 GB, and the other is 320 GB, which I was using for extra space. Awhile back, I completely erased the higher capacity 320 GB hard drive, and successfully Formatted that hard drive. Since this PC is so ancient that booting from a USB stick is not possible, in order to Format the smaller hard drive, I installed Windows XP on the higher capacity hard drive, using a generic name, as actual identification would be defeating my purpose in erasing everything, at least to some reasonable extent. Here's where it became a frustrating exercise. After all my previous effort, the 120 GB NTFS hard drive refuses to format. I've tried Quick Format and Normal Format - NOTHING! Then, I opened up the hood and switched hard drives in case there was some problem with one of the hard drive connectors. I even switched the Master / Slave settings - STILL NOTHING!! Can anyone explain to me why I'm having such a hard time Formatting (Erasing) an NTFS hard drive that for all intents and purposes, appears to be fully functional? Just this afternoon, I was able to delete files from this hard drive, and am able to access its Windows XP OS. The bottom line is this is a task I desperately need to get done, but I have zero funds to out source! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!