Posted 12 December 2009 - 01:24 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. I re-opened Disk management and found nothing under both "Volume" and the following headings: "Layout", "Type", "File System", "Status", "Capacity", "Free Space", "% Free", "Tolerance", "Overhead". I think this is all rooted in the cooties my PC caught the other week. Totally hijacked everything. BSOD. Since I will be wiping the hard drive to install Windows 7 sometime soon and have another PC to work from, I thought it a good opportunity to learn about my beleaguered labtop by fixing as much of it as i can manually. So far I recovered alot of the computer's functionality enough to transfer some personal files to cd but now the DVD player which was recently replaced [by Dell] is wonky. Worked for a while after the repair but now won't recognize neither blank cds and dvd's nor those I've recorded, but will play a commerical dvds....ugh. I feel like I a lab rat in a digital Rube Goldberg machine.