Right, I’ve been a right idiot, I selected compress ‘c-drive’ in windows XP without realising it would compress the boot manager! Why the hell does it do that without warning? Anyway, I can’t for the life of me find the back-up usb drive I made 2 years ago, so I’ve managed to create a bootable usb of ubuntu linux and in Gparted I can see the recovery partition, which I want to copy to another usb drive. I am sat here looking at the recovery partition in one window and the other empty usb folder in another, but be buggered if I can work out how to copy it over. I’ve tried dragging it, no luck, I’ve right clicked it to copy it, but when I right click in the empty usb folder the option to paste is greyed-out. My techie mate has cleared off to the US for 2 weeks, I’ve got this charity beer & music festival I’ve organised for next weekend, but lots of stuff I’ve done on that is on the netbook, so I am in serious trouble here. Can anyone help?