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> The trouble is, unless you run some manufacturer-specific DOS program (from a floppy, if you're running Win2K/NTFS), you never get to find out if the hard disk has been finding and correcting errors, until it finally finds one that it can't correct. That's a function that really needs to be built into the low-level disk driver, and hooked up to some Win2K/WinXP background service. That's what the S.M.A.R.T. option in some BIOSs is supposed to monitor, but I found it imposed too much overhead on the disk accesses. Luckily (?) for me, I have to start over with a clean or updated OS once or twice a year, and will sometimes swap in a new (usually bigger or faster) drive on one of those occasions. Preventive maintenence :-) FWIW, defragmenting will often 'refresh' much of your disk's contents simply by virtue of moving it physically, and may improve the system performance a little, but to be honest, I'd expect a mechanical failure long before the magnetic recording itself deteriorates. D. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.