Alright, I committed a HUGE booboo the other day. I tried to merge two compressed partitions, one containing the OS, and my system the other day. It now refuses to boot (big suprise). I did read (afterwards) in the Partition Magic 8.0 docs that you can't merge two compressed partitions. So now I know. Now, one issue I have is that there is an admin password in place that I do not know. This is preventing me from running XP in the recovery mode. However, after making a boot desk and looking at the drive, while I can find two partitions, it appears as if EVERYTHING related to my boot partition is gone. Could this just be that they are hidden files and directories? Are things like the Windows and Documents and Program Files directories typically hidden under DOS? I do not have Partition Magic rescue disks made. I also do not have anything but a Dell recovery disk, and it looks like the Dell Partition has been nuked as well. The good news is this is my second (newer) laptop, so I don't really have much on it that I really need to recover. However, there are a FEW critical files related to my schoolwork that were on my desktop. The Partition Magic docs state that there is no way to undue Partition Magic changes if you can;t boot into the OS (That's my read on them.). Is there a good chance at data recovery on this drive? Is there a chance to completely recover and bring this system up w/o formatting it and reinstalling? I have a full XP Media Edition Disk set, so reloading the OS should be fairly easy (Aside from the fact that it is a laptop with a Dell proprietary OS and accessories.). So, what should I be doing to get back into this system? Thus far I have been completely unable to reset the admin password, and I have tried Austrumi, EBCD, and Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor (links found here: http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm ), but none have worked. As I can't find the windows directory I haven't tried renaming the .SAM file. What programs should I be trying for data recovery or for trying to reconstruct the original configuration? When it is time to reload the OS, should I pay the extra money and buy a FULL restore/reimage disk from Dell, or will my full copy of XP Media Edition suffice? Thanks. Here's my system stats; System: Dell XPS Gen 2 (2.13) OS: XP Media Edition This far still stuck at the admin password.