|Well, I finally got hold of a Western Digtal 160gb drive.(sata 300)|
I wanted a sata 150, because I thought the mb wouldn't recognise sata 300.
It saw the drive in the BIOS. I had to use wetern digital lifeguard tools top prepare the disk for a windows install.
I didn't have the recovery dvd's so I still can't answer my original question.
The Acronis image worked, but I only had TI 10, I think TI 2009 can resize partitions as well as recover. So I was left with unallocated space.
After playing around with various partition tools I managed to create the second partition using all the space.
Now, when I run TI 10 from windows, it doesn't see any drives. After googling, this seems to be a problem with HP disks with recovery partitions.
The Acronis boot cd does see the partitions, & I am in the process of creating new images with updates.
Thanks for the advice.
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