Wish I had an install disk! Thanks for the tip, though.
riider: Uh, yes, I did leave any 'seers' in the dark about a lot of little facts: I want to dual-boot with Linux. XP is on the machine - and has a 'catch' in the HDD - I played with 'too many' utilities and got something scrambled bad enough that it wont de-frag now, and EaseUS can't do it's job [I had that s/w downloaded, but didn't know just how really easy it worked until I found a You-Tube video that demonstrated it. WOW! that is easy!]
So, now I have to decide whether to keep the os or just use the thing as a pure linux box when I get there - I'm cleaning up another machine with a smaller HDD now that should partition quite easily, just not have a lot of room to 'play' with.
Thanks for the help, guys! And have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy and Blessed New Year!