Deleted the Offset partition on Dell Laptop

April 22, 2011 at 13:18:08
Specs: Windows XP, Core 2 Duo 4gb ram
I was trying to upgrade my computer to Windows 7 and I created an extra partition on my hard drive so I could dual boot. I arbitrarily selected a partition size of 109Gb be created from my hard drive. When I went to install windows 7 it asked which partition I wanted it to be installed on, so I clicked the 109Mb partition by accident and clicked "Delete" ...mistake number one
Then I clicked "Format" just to make sure it was formatted correctly ...mistake number two
I then realized that I had selected the 109Mb offset partition instead of the 109Gb partition and died a little inside. And tried to re-start the computer just to confirm my mistake.
I have backed up all my data just in case I screwed something up, but I would like to try and fix this before I have to just do a complete install of Windows 7.
Any idea how to replace a deleted Offset partition? I have literally done everything possible from the recovery console on the XP disc, and I'm about to try an in place upgrade. Any other ideas?

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April 22, 2011 at 13:32:52

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April 22, 2011 at 23:34:46
That's puzzling, that article makes it seem like it had nothing to do with my issue, but it certainly must have, because it started fine until I deleted that 109Mb section.
I finally ended up just installing Windows 7.

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