Well I'm in a predicament now. I need to create a backup of my Thinkpad's Recovery Partition. The software required ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery allows you to do this and this is the only program which can do so. Well, I ran the program and it only gives the option of backing up to CD (my T41 doesn't have a DVD/CD-RW as it only has the DVD-ROM bay). Anyway, I thought, OK, I'll use the USB Hard drive option but unfortunately it doesn't recognise my NW-HD5 (HD player) as an option. IBM in their infinite wisdom didn't allow for the creation of an image either! I don't particularly want to have to oay for Recsue and Recovery CD's as this isn't very specific to each thinkpad, only a general version. So - it is possible to share my desktop's DVD-RW drive with the laptop via my home network so that I can use it? I tried sharing the root of the drive then mapping the drive in the Thinkpad but this did nothing but create a folder called DVD-RW. Am I trying in vain or is this possible?