multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional ©" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional (D)" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
so i booted into Knoppix last night and ran GPart. it took a few hours to run, and the result it eventually returned seemed to indicate that it thought there were four empty partitions on drive d:, which, of course, is incorrect, so i didn't let it write anything. my thought now is that there's no way to recover this drive. unless anybody has any more good ideas, i think i'm going to wait until tomorrow (when i'll have my backup back), then i'll boot from the floppy that came with the drive and use the tools there to clear/format the drive (i think there was a "Write Zeros to the drive" option or something). then i'll put a clean installation of Windows on it and just start from scratch. i'll probably try the idea i mentioned below of installing a clean, fresh Windows and then restoring my old file structure from the backup, and see if that does anything. if not, oh well. i'll just reformat and reinstall again if it breaks.
however, i'm thinking that if i'm going to be reformatting and reinstalling anyway, maybe i should put a few partitions on this drive, instead of having one large partition. and i want to ask a few questions about that. somebody told me once that they always would partition their drive and install just Windows and nothing else (well, other than drivers, etc.) on one partition, and all their data, program files, etc. on another partition. this way, if windows ate itself and needed to be reinstalled, one would only have to reformat that partition, not the whole drive. this seems like a pretty good idea to me. so how much space should i partition off for the Windows XP Pro install? also, while i'm at it, i might want to use a partition to install Ubuntu or Knoppix or something. i've never used an OS other than Windows or Mac before, so i don't really know how to go about doing it, or how much space it should have.
so, as i've mentioned, i have one HD of 40GB, and one of 250GB. how would you guys suggest i set up the partitions, and what software/tools/commands should i use to do so?
thanks again for all the help.