I may have just found my problem thanks to something you said.
But here is what your missing. I set up my computer with two hard drives. I partition my main drive into C: D: and E: ALL my data goes on D & E. If I have to reformat my data is not lost. Saved my butt a couple of times too.
With the cheap price of drives and backup software I also set up a second slave hard drive in each computer that I back up all the data files from the primary drive to the secondary in case of a drive failure.
So I pulled a drive I was using as a slave/backup drive in my secondary computer. It was redundant (but that is not always a bad thing) and I knew it worked. So does that make sense now?
I just put that drive in my desktop to check it and found some problems. It WAS partitioned and I didn't think it was. My computer could not read two of the partitions either. So I just put it back in the Dell, used MaxBlast to remove the partitions. (Partition Magic couldn't read the disk for some reason) So W2K is reinstalling and formatting the drive as I type this. Hopefully that was somehow the problem.
I really hope I can get two of those computers running to replace what I am running now!