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managed to save my data now need to 'fix' windows

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let me explain...

I have an Acer (no XP CDs...only the built in backup). I followed instructions on microsoft website only to realize the download I put on the CD was not the service pack 2 so it didn't work. I had a XP Professional so I downloaded it into the D drive and transferred all my information to an external hard drive.

So I try to use the Acer eRecovery and now can't get it to work...I am thinking the XP Pro overwrote the backup copy? But I didn't realize the backup was there anyway...do you think it was?

My only option, it seems is to choose between the XP Media (which is the one that I was running on my C drive and was factory installed or the XP Pro that I installed (as a temporary fix to transfer data).

The partitions show three...a drive C, a drive D and a smaller one. My son says the windows backup is usually on a small partition so he wants me to delete the partition that says D drive (AcerData)...which is the one I installed the XP Pro on.

WHAT do I do? I want to keep the backup in my computer and IF that backup was on the D drive and was overwritten by my installing the XP Pro, if I delete it, I'll no longer have ANY backup of Windows.

Anyone have a clue as to what I should try?
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