Yes, I'm using wxlauncher.
I guess that means I can reinstall the small wxlauncher program - that won't invoke any huge downloads.
thanks - forgot that the saved pilot files are in
hopefully if I save these two directories,
and restore them on new hard drive,
then reinstall the small wxlauncher program,
all will work, without me having to download 39GB of stuff again!
my Freespace 2 directory is now up to 43.5 GB, after installing the Aftermath mod tonight -- I'd like to avoid downloading all that stuff again.
Thanks for your help, and for any other ideas that might arise.