If you re-install Windows XP (pre SP1) and have a disk over 137Gb installed and connected, Windows does not see the disk until you install SP1. After installing SP1, the whole disk appears as 1 lump of 'unpartitioned space' and you've lost your data and partitions.
I had a backup of my data on a second partition on my 160Gb disk and lost both my data and backup sets. Whoops - Lesson Learned. Seperate disk (of less than 137GB) purchased for backup use from now on.
I guess this may become a problem as more people buy hard disks over 137GB as theirs start to fail and re-install the version of windows XP that came with their PC 18 months ago.
I've now created a new Windows XP installation CD with SP1 as per instructions on M$ website. Anyone know how to make it bootable?
MS web article to update your XP installation disk: click here MS web article on he problem: click here
I just created a "slipstreamed" XP + SP1 install cd,its also possible to create a cd which needs nothing inputing from the user(includes updated drivers/cd key etc)so you simply set to boot from cd-rom.
(1) Copy all files from your Windows XP installation/setup CD-Rom to your harddisk. For example you can copy it to the folder c:\winxpsp. Make sure you copy all files and all subdirectories! You should now have a file called c:\winxpsp\i386\setupldr.bin. If not go back, you did something wrong. The location of the i386 folder may differ, for example when you have a dual boot MSDN cd-rom it will be in \%lang%\winxp\%edition%, where %lang% is your language, like "ENGLISH", "GERMAN" and %edition% is "Home" or "Pro". Other CD's may have it just in the root or in some other location.
(2) Apply service pack to your files using the "-s" option (you must supply full path). xpsp1_en_x86.exe -s:c:\winxpsp