that worked! i had posted this in the upgrade forum too (wasn't sure which was more appropriate) and got the answer. the option 1 worked just fine, i was THIS close to buying instantcake restore too. and yeah, even though i knew to follow the instructions as written, when i saw the drive not recognized i thought "i need to fix that" and tried to take matters in my own hand. the second i clicked initialize i thought "crap... i bet winMFS would have been able to recognize it, i probably shouldn't have done that" glad i didn't go any further.