I have just replaced my motherboard as the old one stopped working.
After changing the boot sequence and booting from the XP CD, i was looking to install windows on the old small partition and retain all the info on the old large partition. Through my lack of understanding and serious operator error it looks like i have managed to delete the partitions and install windows on a totally new partition. Not the best outcome.
I have downloaded a copy of a program called Test disk, i am currently running the program and after some searching it finds one of the previous partitions, the one with all the data i need!
I was reading the instructions (for test disk) and it said to be very careful what i change when trying to recover a partition as it may make it harder to recover in the future if you stuff it up now.
As some of the data is very important, and i realise i need help. That is where i ask you friendly people very nicely to please help.