Resetting Partition

August 23, 2010 at 14:41:39
Specs: XP HOME, 1gb
i took down the partition between the c and d drive. it all became c. i then formatted the hdd. tried to no avail to reset the partition using the command prompt, i downloaded a partition program from EASEUS. had it up and running in 10 minutes. looking on the computer management page, it shows the c drive first, then the d drive. if my memory is correct, it used be the reverse. does it matter? i then ran the factory restore disk. i may be getting out of sequence. anyway, the d drive used to be protected by the pc angel and i could never get in there to see whats in there. ok thats gone. none of the oem software made the trip from the restore disk. had to reinstall some drivers from emachines wesite and from windows update. i now have the c drive first and then it says NEW VOLUME (D:) which is formatted in fat 32. everything seems to run just fine. what i originally wanted to do was to wipe the drive, but never got the program to work. it was dban. my computer friend at work said, the restore disk should have put the partitions back like they were originally. also, i had to enter the windows cd keys, something i have never seen before. got it off the label on the back of the tower. so i got online registered windows, put in norton, ie8, and a few driver updates from windows update. i did not put in sp3. everything seems to run fine, but the only thing i have on the d drive are the 3 drivers i downloaded. what happened to the pc angel and the other oem software. it had powerdvd6, office trial, and mcaffee trial and the drivers. i will still need to wipe the drive before i sell the pc and thinking of ordering a disk online from wipedrive. i love this website and i'm glad i have two pc's. one to use and one to play with and learning so much from the experience. thanks for any thoughts about this guys, i appreciate it.

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August 23, 2010 at 15:02:17
C drive in windows means nothing other than it is the first bootable MS partition. That could be before or after any other partition.

I'd take a look at the documentation that came with the computer. It may offer a clue as to how to recover it back to oem state. They may even be able to sell you a cd or two pretty cheap to recover it if you borked the hidden partition.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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August 23, 2010 at 17:09:14
You don't need to buy any software. If you don't know how to use the EASEUS software or the Windows disc to partition/format your HDD, go to the HDD manufacturer's website & download their software. Parted Magic is another free program you can try.

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