Posted 07 October 2008 - 05:20 PM
To garmanma: At first we put in the Compaq restore CD's that came with my computer. But my friend didn't like the "easy" way it was doing it (it only offered a QUICK Format), so we then used his Windows XP CD. We boot to that CD and it came to a blue screen where it showed us the hardrives. There was the one that came with my computer, which was C: and D: where D: was a 3GB partition for system recovery. There was also the second hardrive which was E:. This was strange because in MyComputer the 2nd hardrive was labeled as I: J: and K: (3 partitions). But here it was just showing up as one big E: (320GB). We left that alone. We deleted C: and D: and made a new C: that was the maximum size of the first hardrive. It formatted for about 40mins. But when Windows loaded it asked for Activation. So then we went back to the Compaq CD's and did the Quick Format. Then loaded my guenuine version of Windows XP. That the process that we took. Out of curiousity, we boot back to my friends WIndows CD to see what drives it showed now, and it had the same C:, D:, and E: but this time for E: it had the 3GB recovery partition, and the rest of the drive was under Unpartitioned Data.