RE: time -
it's there, I'm there, that's fine. I can multitask.
RE: data -
I didn't want to have to reinstall everything, but will if I must.
RE: getting old -
My HD and I are in denial. We're both running smooth and won't go without a fight. Possible new mantra: "If I'd left it alone it would still be humming along". :)
RE: XP install -
That would be great if I could launch from the CD. As I mentioned earlier, it is now hung on something.
Also, in your first post, you indicated that reinstalling XP wouldn't get rid of the partitions. Remember, they're being viewed as logic drives, not soft partitions.
MAIN ISSUE (different than original post):
No matter how or what I use to start up with, it hangs - even using the XP Installer CD.
PManager Recovery CD hangs up at "Universal File System Driver Initializing". I let it run over 15 hours just to be sure - no change.
I think I (stupidly) allowed PMagic to move space around in the second partition as it instructed.
I read that, if you can Ctrl-Alt-Del to shut down, it's not fully locked up. This works ONLY when booting from the PMgr Recovery CD - not from XP installer CD or from regular startup in safe mode.
Q: Is there a work around to get the drive booted all the way up so I can move forward?
Q: Can/should I use DBAN or similar to wipe the drive and would this put my partitions back together?
Q: Is there another option (besides buying a new one, of course)?