I won't bore you with the details, but I've been having more computer problems. So I've decided it's time to really roll my sleeves up, and sort it out.
Previously, when I've had problems with my C drive, I'd just lump everything over to my other, D, drive and do a clean install.
This, of course has led to a very messy D drive.
so, I've had to try to get hold of some DVD burning software, and now I'm copying all my important files into logically arranged folders ready to burn. Once that's done, I can just totally wipe both disks, and make a fresh start.
I want to make it a sort of dual boot thing. Install XP onto C, and some variant of Linux onto D.
Alternatively, I could partition the C drive and put both systems on there, keeping D as a data disk.
It's going to be a long job however I do it.