Well I only have one system (that would support a drive of that size). It has got past stage 2 and completed through stage 3 now. Not sure why it did no do that before, maybe it was because I was running other stuff (surfing) at the time, probably not too surprising really. It may also have been that deleting a lot of temporary files helped, that would certainly have seeded things up. Also I have a dual core processor now (X2 3800 as opposed to a Sempron 3000) so if it was taking 3 times longer to run before it may have looked like it had got stuck when in reality it just needed more time. I may try some of those utilities some time when I do not require my computer so much for other things, so thanks.