Hello everyone. I haven`t been on the forum in a long time. But I have recently acquired Disk Director 10 and I was trying to set up my computer using it. My computer has 3 partitions on it. I was using the first one for Windows XP Pro, the second one allocated to Windows 7 which I have not yet installed. The third one is unallocated. I did make a partition out of the third one of about 100 mgs to install the DD in there and perhaps make a boot disk out of it. I tried making the second drive the active drive to install Windows 7 but I got an error message in the the beginning of the installation and couldn`t proceed. But when I finally was able to get back in my system, the 4th partition with DD was completely gone. I had committed and accepted the changes and it was there before I started to install Windows 7. I was told by a dear friend that in order for a system to work properly, the DD boot disk should be in a FAT32 format and be the first partition, followed by NTFS partitions for XP and then Windows 7. How do I go about all this? I was using XP Pro for about 1 1/2 years and it started crashing about 3 months ago. I tried reinstalling it and it still keeps crashing after 3 months. I went to Staples here in Quebec and bought Windows Vista Ultimate because I can`t upgrade with XP Pro...so by purchasing Ultimate, I thought I would be able to upgrade my system without losing anything. But to my surprise, since my Vista is French and my XP Pro is in English, I could only do a clean install....Well I figured that was ok...I put the DVD in the drive and I was never able to install it. I kept getting error message after error message until I got discouraged and just figured I would install XP Pro again until I could understand my system better. I must impress that I started having problems way before I purchased Vista which is now in my desk drawer and myself being $375.00 poorer and not being able to use it...No matter because I just want to get XP Pro running smoothly. Before I figure if my hard drive is the culprit, I want to try every possible thing I can. Perhaps somewhere, the master records got destroyed or something. I formatted every drive so I don`t have a recovery or boot FAT32 that I can lean on during an emergency. Now with DD, I`m not sure how to go about it. When I install it on my XP drive, let`s say, I go there and change the partitions and size them accordingly. But when I make an OSS boot FAT32 file to copy it to a CD, I just lose it and it disappears afterward. My XP Pro barely has anything on it but it still crashes at least once a day for no reason...The big blue screen of death which I never had before in the past year and a half since I purchased the computer. Also I would like to say that when I do a format, if I choose the long format, it hangs at 35% and won`t go any further. A half hour later, it`s still on 35% so I don`t have a choice but to use the quick format. If you require any more information, please let me know. Thank you for your help.