Although my tests (SMART) on my internal HP desktop hard drive indicated no trouble, the drive died on me. I started using LINUX to get online. I bought a couple of drives for a great price, and figured Trouble was over. well, I was soon proved wrong. I got an external USB drive. I figured I could restore WINDOWS XP to that and get back to work. Nope. Won't accept installation on a USB drive. If linux can detect the hard drive, why not Windows? I found several "fixes", but none of them work. I do NOT have a "Boot disk", I do have a recovery set. I have tried about 10 fixes I've seen on the web. I either get "Boot manager missing", one of a half dozen 0x???? errors, or BCD error. NOW, I find my BASE_25.inp is bad, too. But even that, I still need to get this d*** computer started! I can't get the CD/DVD drive to recognize some disks, If I try cloning I get a "Bootmgr" error. This is the same computer I wrote about earlier. HP 1410E, 2Gig Mem, USB ports, CD, even floppy (Although none of my floppies are recognized anymore, just too old) So, assuming I get the BASE_25.INP to work, HOW do I install to a USB HD (500GB, Toshiba) so I can boot the program and use the computer? BTW: If you tried to answer my "Boot.ini" error message, Thanks. Nothing worked.