Heya, I aint gonna go into specifics just yet - I wanna just outline the problem and see if this rings any bells or provokes any thoughts..... Games rig gives up the ghost, it boots and asks for bootable media so assume that the hard disk is fubar'd and buy a replacement. I thus hook up the replacement SATA drive and change the boot priority in BIOS so that it reads from the DVD-RW first and I can then install XP again. This is where it gets interesting.... It now takes approx 20-30 mins of booting up to actually get to the windows installation screen whereupon it says "hey I can't find any hard disks attached to install to - go away." I have checked and the new hard disk is seen in BIOS so not sure what to do. Basically has anyone else come across the actual boot up sequence slowing down to the point it takes 20-30 mins to even get to the initial XP installation screen (which previously and usually only takes a couple of mins to get to after all the applicable drivers are installed and setup examines your hardware configuration)??? Also even tho I now have a new hard disk attached to the mobo and is recognised in BIOS, XP installation won't acknowledge it thus not allowing me to create a fresh install. Further specifics available upon request.