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Is the bootdisk a floppy?
If it is, the message is about the data on the floppy disk, not the hard drive.
In that case, you probably copied the data for the bootdisk onto a floppy with previously undetected bad sectors on the floppy.
I recommend you use Windows to check your floppy using FULL format. FULL format is slower, but will find and exclude from use any previously undetected bad sectors on a floppy, a common problem these days.
In XP, RIGHT click on A: to find Format, DO NOT use the Quick format switch, format the floppy. After the format has finished, RIGHT click on A:, choose Properties - Free Space should be 1,457,664 bytes for an error free floppy. If it is less than that and the floppy is less than about 7 years old, I recommend you don't use it - it will probably get worse. Format another floppy instead, and look at the properties of that.
If the bootdisk is a CD, when you boot from a CD, a virtual A drive is always loaded, whether you are aware of that or not. In that case, you probably have one or more bad sectors on the CD - burn another one. Use a CD-R for the best possible compatibilty with your optical drive - a CD-RW disk may not read properly in a drive it was not made in.
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
If it's a Toshiba hard drive, there are no diagnostics available.
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.
If there is nothing wrong with the hard drive itself, any data problems found can be fixed one way or another.
"I do not have......recovery disk..."
Most laptops that come with a burner drive no longer come with a single Recovery CD, or a set of them.
What you are supposed to do, while Windows is working properly, is use a brand name system supplied program already there in your All Programs list to make the Recovery CD you can use along with the original intact and unaltered contents of your second partition to recover the original contents of your C partition, and/or make a set of Recovery CDs with which you can re-load the entire hard drive with the original software.
We rarely hear anything from people who have done that - we frequently hear from ones who have NOT.
If your model is not more than about 5 years old, you may be able to order the Recovery CD set for your exact model from the Packcard Bell web site. If that is available, it is probably quite cheap. E.g. I ordered a Recovery CD set for a HP or Compaq model, it had 6? Cds, and it cost only 2x.xx before shipping.
If you can't get the Recovery CD set, or if you want another alternative, if your laptop has the official Microsoft sticker on it with a Product Key, you can use a COPY of a Windows CD of the same version of XP that is on your laptop - in this case Home SP2 - with that Product Key.
You must use "disk at once" or similar to copy the entire CD in order for the copy to be bootable - copying the visible files will not result in a bootable CD. Burn to a CD-R disk for best compatibilty.
Or - you can buy an OEM XP Home CD for as little as $80 or less these days, from the web, or from local places that have lots of computer parts and software.