I have been dealing with an issue that I can't seem to resolve. I have a Dell T2482 emachine with a 2.4 athlon processor, XP Home, 256 Ram, and an 80G hd. It is formatted with NTFS. It started saying the C:/$Mft is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the chkdsk utility. I read in the techspot archives and that I need to manually set the virtual memory. I have it set the minimum at 2MB and the max at 550MB. However, when it shows the actually allocation, it says 0. I can't get it to change. I am on SP1, but I can't add SP2 because it says there is not enough space--even tho I have only used about 6g of my HD. It promps me to run CHKDSK, but when I do, It says, "chkdsk cannot run because the process is in use by another...." I can set it to run chkdsk on next start-up. If I try to shut of the computer using windows, it never loads. It gets stuck on the blue "Welcome" screen. If I manually turn off the power, it will run chkdsk and then windows starts---with the "C:/$Mft is corrupt" error. It still takes a few minutes to boot up. I have been researching this alot, and it seems no one has found a fix--except here, and the archive fix does not work. The HD is only 2 years old and the computer seldom get's used. Any ideas? *NOTE* the one thing I have not tried is reformatting it to FAT32. On one of the seaches I did on google, it said that was the only thing that worked with a dell.