managed three installations on disk 1, got cocky and decided to put some more on disk 2, crunch. I get the message that W2K cant find a suitable partition on disk one to go ahead; so. Back to square one with clean disks. I set up dd and os sel on partition 1-W2K-ntfs-5G, created a 100M partition on the same disk and set about installing W2K on the second hd, it all worked, but now the original 5G with acronis in it is not available-greayed out and showing as unpartitioned, and OS Sel is gone away too, using the recovery disk and puting a new set-up on the partition of the second hd does not give me the original back, but everything on disk 2 is just fine and dandy. Now I know I'm doing something, or not, as the case may be, so tell me oh wise and generous members, where should I put the acronis software in the first place to make it accessible from all my fine new installations. Havn't had this much fun since I tried hyperos, and discovered that was a definate 'work in progress' scenario.