Alright, I've backed up everything I might need, I've used the "make a system disk" feature that WinME has in the control panel, which made me a floppy with basic dos commands on it. What is the command that I use to erase the hard drive? is it FDISK? and what syntax? I already tried fdisk c: and it gave me an error. I tried fdisk and it came up with some sort of utility that made a virtual drive or something for me. ?? what is the procedure? I'm lost .... and it's not every day this is done.