thank you for your replies. as of now im just using a free computer i received from a friend.
HP Pavillion a335w
installed my video card, RAM, dvd drives and seagate hard drive. had some trouble getting windows 2000 to properly recognize the hard drive. but XP is going smooth so far.
windows 2000 would report the hard drive was 130 gigs with 4 partitions. 2 unpartitioned sections, 1 24 gig partition and 1 82 gig partition. the unpartitioned areas were reported at over 300 gigs each?? but the full size was only 130??
anyways used gparted to make one large partition and win 2000 would properly recognize the hard drive but would not properly install. after coping the windows files and restarting windows would not load. tried probably 6 times. after each try windows would go back to seeing 4 partitions, had to use gparted again betweeen retries.
used gparted then installed xp, so far so good. doubt i will even try using the compaq again.
is it possible to get some of the lost data from my hard drive?????? :bigsmile: