My suggestion of bigger drive may not be that helpful. Why not post a screeny of your defragger results. FWIW: Rejzors front end for sysinternals contig/dfrag tool -may- be the best bet at a 'compression' defrag run on the data/disc space issue http://www.excessive-software.eu.tt/ : Powerdefragmenter We may be kind of losing opportunities here: image with BING or IFW and keep it somewhere: can pull files out later. go for partition shrink and then image and restore. We haven't got to Hardware dependent restore issues yet.. Heh: maybe aim for slightly smaller disc partitions next time ??