I know that osx is in the stratasphere, and xp pro is practically underwater, in terms of so many things.... ....when i try to copy to my external hd from my windows machine (*external hd is read from windows using macdrove*?) i get error message "cannot read from source file or disk" (--it is a folder with 46 gigs of info) ... but when i network my mac with my windows pc using ethernet, and then hook up the hd to my mac, and copy, using my mac's ethernet connection to my pc, copy the same folder to the external now hooked up to my mac, i have no problem.... (so far...)??? is the windows file system really that antiquated? how shocking. r.