Hi, Thank you for reading my request for help. I followed Paragon's instructions by backing-up my hard drive onto a USB drive. Now that the laptop's drive has failed, I boot with the Paragon CD and choose the normal mode. I soon get the error... "Ancient bootloader This kernal requires the following features not present on the cpu: pae Unable to boot - please use a kernal appropriate for your cpu" Using the Safe Mode I cannot see the external USB hard drive. Eventually I find in the Paragon 10.1 manual on p 109 "In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment, since it's the only mode that enables to work with USB devices." Since I didn't know this in advance, am I shot in the foot? Is there any other solution?