Where'd my partition go?

  g40 18:37 22 Oct 2004

Evening all,the problem is that my laptop kept crashing due a software glitch ie; Norton Ghost was the culprit. After using it I could not reboot.I eventually succeeded using xp disc At this time did not realise it would erase the hidden partition which is required to assist with loading files for the recovery and master disk programmers I have these but it will only allow you to go so far before it indicates it requires the information from the h/partition to continue. there is a way of doing this by creating a partition of about 8mb and then re tattooing or gluing the hard disk to accept the rest of the software. I know it can be done but I don't know how. There is some info on packard bell site but when you see the forum of other users with similar problems its clear there's no straight forward solution.I thought if I got a Copy of the partition from another similar laptop and then transfer it that would do the trick??

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