Here's the backstory:
I recently bought a Western Digital, Caviar 500gb SATA drive to replace my 200gb drive. I transferred some files from the old 200gig onto the new drive and did some cleaning up on the desktop, nothing major. Then while trying to download some updates the computer sort of froze. Actually, I could still move the mouse but everything else was going slowly. So I waited, but nothing happened, so I had to power it off. I was able to get back into Windows XP fine, but decided to run chkdsk, just in case the power off did something.
Here's where things go wrong:
I let chkdsk run and when I come back I had a nice error that read "cannot load windows/???/system" (or something similar.) I'm thinking that CHKDSK deleted some system files. That's one thing I'd like to figure out but then the bigger problem arose. I tried to use the HP Recovery CDs to recover the missing files but I got the message "cannot create new user partition!" Huh?! So I booted up XP from another drive and checked the SATA drive, when I clicked on the drive, a box popped up and read "Drive is not formatted, would you like to format?" Uh sure, why not. So I did, but I still can't get the HP Recovery to work; I'm not sure, but I have a feeling that it may have something to do with this:
It says my total capacity is 465gb, yet there is obviously 500gb available on the drive. There is also a mysterious 79mb taking up space, even though I can't find it anywhere. Does anyone have any idea what happened and more importantly, how to get everything back to normal? I am going crazy trying to figure out what happened...