After searching on system recovery, I have seen related topics but nothing exactly the same...
Background: HD crashed on HP Pavilion PC running XP Home so installed new HD and tried to restore system using system recovery CDs ordered from HP.
After loading 7 CDs, the system recovery stopped with the error message, "Cannot create user partition! System recovery cannot continue!"
After some info from HP, created 6 floppy boot disks for XP Home, ran boot disk and deleted existing partition created by system restore. Restore worked but then system became infected before anti-virus software was installed.
Now, redoing the whole process but cannot get past error message, "Cannot create user partition! System recovery cannot continue!" Am I missing something obvious??
System hardware is identical to original confg. Thanks for any help.