Hello, I am still learning, so hopefully this is an easy one, and I am welcoming suggestions! I am an engineer from 1990 who played in the business world since 1992, so unfortunately, that's the era and extent of my knowledgebase. I am trying to salvage a dell laptop that stopped booting a while ago (hard drive not found). I am not worried about recovering files as I moved them all to a newer PC long ago. I created a boot disk (CD) and started the system which shows the A: drive as the boot files and the R: drive as CD drive with additional utilities. The first thing I tried was cd c: and the response was "invalid drive specification" > Is this the no-brainer sign the discard the drive and start anew? PC: Dell Latitude D600 Pentium M 1.4 GHz/600 MHz 512 MB Memory WIndows XP Pro Goal: Create a working PC for kids to use (homework and exploring, not gaming), primarily internet browsing, MS Word, MS Excel. Additional Questions: > Is this PC worth spending a little $ to restore (new drive probably $60) > Will I need additional memory, too (it seemd to work fast enough when I last used it)? > If the hard drive is unreadable and I don't have Windows CDs how does one re-install windows (this was a pc retired by my prior workplace, has product key sticker, service tag, etc.) Thanks!