UH OH: may have just answered my question, this was the 1st time I noticed the "GPT Protective Partition" verbiage. I searched again and found this on another forum: "Windows XP SP2 does not
support GPT disks. The disks would have be configured as MBR disks, which
would mean backing up all the data, converting the disk to MBR( the convert
process erases all the data), then restoring the data." What a mess. Any way around this given that I don't have a way to move the data off the drive without buying a new drive now?