Cheers, I will take a look later as I am on my work P.C. now. All important stuff is on my E drive like pictures and music so even if I had to reformat the C it would not be the end of the world, plus all of my software is legit and I have original disks to hand so no issue with starting afresh.
I suppose a bit of background would not hurt now:
The original reason for creating the F was that I could not access C after a program seemed to incorrectly delete from the system and left the machine haninging when I tried to log back in. A Windows warning was appearing which pertained to my Linksys software. I no longer use wireless broadband so did not need this,instead of repairing the fauld diagnosed by Windows I went to remove the Linksys software. It asked for the disk to be inserted which was not ready to hand and I cancelled the removal. When I later tried to shut down it hung. I checked out programs and the Linksys software was gone from those listed in control panel even though I had not actually deleted but rather had cancelled the action. Also the files were still visible on Explore. After that I had to do the nasty task of shutting down from the power button and it would not log on again.
I did try a re-install of Linksys in safe mode and also a system restore but neither helped. Eventually I decided to install XP and start afresh. For some reason once I did that I was able to log back into my C partition again and now no longer need to transfer to F. There does not seem to be a reason why the fresh install onto F would solve the problem as I am not using it on boot up to access C. After getting access I installed and uninstalled the Linksys software to avoid a repeat and now want to delete F primarily to get rid of unwanted baggage but also to make sure that my C drive is not running off the second install of XP.
Told you it was daft.