Pcghost and dr_zayus69- Much thanks for the help. Worked with a bit of finagling. Created a boot disk thru the format floppy option in winxp-pro but upon reboot in dos, the FDISK command returned a bad command response. So downloaded FDISK from FDISK121, loaded in onto the floppy, rebooted then navigated to the folder with the program to run the FDISK /MBR. Everything came up as you predicted.