Have a new HP DC5800 desktop where I formatted the drive with Partition Magic 8.0 into 4 primary drives and decided I did not want that configuration/
I then reformatted the hard drive using XP computer management tool and came up with one NTFS drive where I installed XP pro. Lost the HP recovery drive in the process.
Now, I cannot use Partition Magic as I get an immediate error "Error 117 Partition's drive letter cannot be identified".
When I run Partition Table Doctor, it first finds and correct an error in the number of sectors and then it sees my hard drive as one large partition ("Free") with no drive letter that is not active. If I run the rebuild partition segement, I see the 4 previous primary drives but I am only able to choose to restore 2 of them.
I do not find any ckdsk errors, surface or sector errors.
What's the smartest course of action to take here to end up with a healthy hard drive with 3 partitions including the recovery partition (or do I really need that?). Not too techie, probably shouldn't be doing any of this.
Thanks in advance :) Learning as fast as I can read.