Oh well, such is life. Stuff happens. My favorite quote: "Never ever approach a computer thinking 'I will just do this quickly' ". An interesting thing happened when I attached the old drive as a secondary: when I rebooted, XP gave me a gazillion error messages about index files and they all seemed to be fractions of files, and then similarly about orphaned files. I was able to see my files in Explorer, and I burned the ones I wanted to keep to a DVD-RW. I'm in the process of downloading TI9 (232) and the upgrade to DD10.