I have had trouble with a Maxtor drive, which I would like to return to them for exchange, but first to get my data off. Every few months a partition becomes inaccessible. The drive is a 60 Mbyte drive so I partitioned it into 3 20 Mbyte sections. The win 98 system also has another 20 Mbyte Maxtor drive and a 10 Mbyte Quantum that have worked fine for years. So I fdisked and set up the partitions again. Actually, E: was ok, only needed to set up F: and G: again. But F: and G: are unformatted, and if I format I will lose the data. I'm guessing that the FATs are ok and there must be a way to regain access to the drives without formatting if only I really understood what I was doing. In fact, most likely there is a way to store the necessary boot records so if this happens in the future the drive letters could be restored. But I looked and searched and read and am still - lost-. Appreciate help with this. Thanks!