Pieced together an Pent. 1 system with Windows 98 as the OS and when formatting the hard drive at the A: prompt when I entered format C: it went to about 2% stopped and gave the message "trying to recover allocation unit 1627" then after a 20 seconds or so it starts formatting again ... I have only seen this on this one box ... I did run fdisk and format again to see if it would repeat itself which it did ... Thanks !!!