hi - thank you so far.
I am receiving an error message when I do the restore - I didn't write it down - it was very long.
I guess i'll try the copy all things first - but there seems to be some huge backup files or something in my aw2k on my laptop that is giving me problem copying it to my desktop
i'm not using vista - this desktop is old - win2k pro - only has a 3 gig hard drive - its a temporary thing until i get a new relaible laptop - which i don't want vista - so it will take time to find one.
i guess i'll keep messing with it - thanks again