Arrgghh: Unbootable box after collapse of HD controller on system disc Lost partition table Partially recoverable data structure: all essentials backed up elsewhere. Could not recover FDISR .arx files Have fresh FDISR Archive.arx made in the days leading up to disc flop. Have SP images: made twice weekly _ on external discs Not used to restoring to NEW disc (ie new HW) with either really. Got a bit ahead of myself: Have done fresh install of base XPSP3 and updated on New disc. Same HW as flame-out disc: Manufacturer+ size+ SATA Activated XP. Have installed FDISR: can I pull the Archive.arx file in and boot to it.?? Will there be a problem with "old" system on new HW ?? Had forgotten that SP Desktop can do Bare Metal/HIR - Duh: If I do restore with SP to New ( ie different) disc and new XP install : will here be a problem with drivers or MS activation ?? Really it's been a while since clean install: years. Am I just better ... to go on from here? Just a lot of rebooting over weekend !! Thanks for advices.. I know: should have got W7: just not bothered yet: will be doing VM soon : then planning SP Witchery : heh.