OK so here's the scenario: When I got my machine it was WinME - installed XP Pro but was afraid to lose files by converting to NTFS so I stayed in the FAT32 format on my internal drive. Then I added an external drive (maxtor 160gb) to handle MP3's, JPEG's, etc + backup my internal drive and that drive too was in FAT32 format. One day the external drive couldn't be accessed so I tried to get it re-mount with no success. Dilema: I need to recover the data on the external drive! Was told I should try hooking up the external drive to a WIN98 machine (still FAT32) to try and move the data off the drive - then I could format that drive (and the internal) all to NTFS and life would go on. Only one problem - have a WIN98 machine with no USB ports or a WIN NT (sp6) machine with USB ports to use to do it but can't seem to get things right? Questions: What about a parallel to USB cord (do they make one) to give my WIN98 machine a USB port to try and re-mount the external drive? Any way that a WIN NT (sp6) machine can read FAT32 files? Any other brilliant ideas? Appreciate the help - have always found the replies here to be very thorough and helpful!