I decided to completely reformat my desktop computer. I have 2 discs that came with my computer when I bought it (recovery disc 1 and 2). I run Windows XP Media Center Edition on a Compaq. For some reason, it has taken hours and hours to do this. Over 24 hours. I was told that a reformat normally takes about 5 hours. I keep getting an error message every so often "Error! Cannot copy file >filename<. Please eject disc and clean it and try again." Well I have cleaned the disc about 10 times by now and it hasn't helped. Either it has a scratch (nothing really serious that I can see) or the data is corrupt somehow. Both the discs are like this. Could this be why it is going so slow? This is definitly not normal, and I am thinking maybe I have really wrecked my PC. Also, it had been going for about 24hours, and it restarted the whole thing for no apparent reason. And now I realized that XP isn't on the disc. Or is it? My friend told me it was, but now I am getting conflicting information from other people. So pretty much these are my questions: Why is it taking so long? Should I give up, and bring it to a professional before I make things worse? And is XP on a recovery disc, and if it isn't how should I go about getting it again? Any suggestions or thoughts on this will be very helpful, thank you!