Hi everyone, Sorry to be a new member and all of a sudden start asking for help however I fear I have a serious problem with my computer and some of you may be able to sort it out. Also, sorry this is like a huge essay but I think I need to sort this problem out quickly and I have tried to give you every detail and symptom as possible. I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 which I got more than a year ago now and I have used pretty much every day since then. I use my computer for all sorts but mainly for MSN Messenger and the internet. Anyway, about one or two weeks ago now I got a little bubble message appear at the bottom right hand of my screen saying something about "C:\Mft" and that there is a Delayed Write Failed. This message kept popping up and every time I closed it, it popped back up again after another 10 seconds. Then, all of a sudden my Norton Antivirus 2006 Protect Center stopped working and was switched off, and when I try and turn it on the program just freezes and I am unable to turn it on. Another thing which I cannot do now is click a simple link which opens up a new window in my Internet Explorer. When I click the link the finger cursor just freezes for about 3 seconds and nothing happens. Another example if my Internet Explorer's history has dissappeared too and does not place any pages/websites I have been on into the history. Recently I have been playing a lot of Rome: Total War on my computer and thankfully this error has not stopped me doing so. Sometimes when I turn my computer off I get the same message about the "C:\Mft" and how it is corrupted and/or something like that. Stangely, however, I dont get these messages anymore at all, and I was able to do a defragmentation of my computer last night which, recently, it did not allow me to do so. I use Diskeeper 10 Professional Premier and it says this about my hardrive; The overall health is at "Critical" for the following reasons: 1. The MFT usage was currently 93 percent of the total MFT size, which indicates it is likely the MFT will become fragmented. 2. The volume is heavily fragmented. The average number of fragments per file is 1.76. 3. The free space on this volume was very low (10%), making it difficult to defragment the volume. ---(I have a 60GB hard drive) I will put my hand up and say that I do not defragment regularly and I dont do it much at all (which may be the root of my problem). Also, here is some info about my computer some of you may want/need to have; Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) BIOS: Default System BIOS Processor: Intel (R) Pentium (R) M processor 1.73 GHz Memory: 512MB RAM Page file: 429MB used, 816MB available DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c Graphics card: ATI MOBILITY RADEON X300 Sound card: SigmaTel C-Major Audio I class myself as a reasonable person with computers, but I think this problem is way beyond my knowledge. I did search about this problem, but it involved editing the registry which I dont want to do on my own or without proper guidance. So, if anyone wants to give me some advice about this problem then I'll be very grateful however please keep it simple and easy so I can understand it. Thank you very much for reading all of this and I will be grateful for any advice on this problem. James.