Right, let’s set this post out nice and simple, yes? The stuff I have... - Partition Magic 8 - Nero Burning ROM - Original XP Home Edition Disc - Original XP Professional Edition Disc - Approx 100GB free space on partitioned HDD's (IDE and SATA) (3.5") - A 40GB 2.5" IDE Laptop Hard Drive - USB 2 enclosure for said Laptop Hard Drive - A laptop with no OS installed on the hard drive (above) - Also, disc drive no longer works on the laptop. The problem I have... I really need to install Windows XP Home Edition onto this laptop I have in possession. Currently, there is no OS installed on the laptop's hard drive. (This is because after numerous attempts to install Windows XP Home, I decided to just format it.) I've tried many methods to get Windows XP Home on this hard drive. But when I install the hard drive back into the laptop; it's a no go... usually displaying something along the lines of, 'no active partition' or something like that. This is one method I used; http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176 I followed that, all the way through, and made my own edited version! With the laptop hard drive in its USB enclosure, I wanted to install it directly. It started to install (hoorah) but then, it weirdly asked me to insert a disc named "Windows XP Professional SP2". Why would it need that? - So I even emailed the guy from the website, and he sent me the replacement files to put onto the installation disc; gave me the same thing! - I decided to put my Windows XP Pro disc in... Started to install, then complained that it could not find a hard drive to install windows too. Another method was that I made a fresh install of XP Home on a new partition on my computer. Worked fine, then I used Partition Magic to clone it to the laptop hard drive. Cloned fine, just wouldn't boot. So, I must have been missing the boot section, correct? I even made the partition Active, and a Primary device (in partition magic), and copied the boot.ini, and the other two files that the PC needs to boot windows. (I forgot their names; one ends in .com) Still, I had no luck. This is where I turn for help. After searching for days on the internet, looking at various threads and other information packed pages, I need some serious help! Help, please? Maybe I've done something wrong? Possibly forgot something so simple? I've made a partition bootable on my PC, but why not on this laptop hard drive? I will be so grateful if someone could help. Thank you in advance!