|I can't tell you how much I love pb.|
Anyway, enough of my sarcasm.
Thank you OtherHill, useful info.
I haven't reinstalled the portable HD after system recovery but have just remembered that when I was looking at which one to buy, Windows XP NTFS (formatted) compatability plus mainly good reviews was a deciding factor and I have found this on the carton. However, there is a footnote which states:
"Compatibillity may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system"
So something for me to go on at least.
Windows does have a 'fixed' nature so I take your comments on board.
Maybe it is better on pro than on Home ed which I have.
Worth considering alternatives to Windows for sure.
I haven't reinstalled all my programs yet but how much of 512MB RAM would you load up on the system maximum to be on safe side?
My enc Britannica requires 512MB in itself although I realise not all at once and only 3.5GB of Hard space. I have never gone beyond 40 out of 106GB. And that prog has never given me any problems I have to say. All graphics colours excellent set to 1024x68 32bit. Typing tutor on the other hand, an older Mavis Beacon (8) used to give me occasional probs like cutting out/freezing.
I reckon it must be the virtual memory. I was setting it manually ever since the low virtual memory warning I got about a year ago. I have not touched it this time around!
Hard drive came pre-partitioned i.e. single partition with Recovery partition.
I bought the portable HD as I could not manage to partition using Disk Management in Win XP Home - it just seems like an inactive tool that you can click on to see details nothing else although you are supposed to be able to 'manage' there many people have much the same problem and am not experienced enough to even attempt using command lines in diskpart.exe.
So for now it's back to basics for safety until I can be more sure how to set WD HD.
Any more thoughts spring to mind from this?