I have reading posts here that say its better to partition your drive to have 5-8gb for the C and to leave the rest for storage in D. My problem is I have a compaq laptop that comes with 2 restore discs instead of the regular XP. And I dont know how to format and partition with these restore discs. I would greatly appreciate any advice, thank you.
when I put these discs in, everything is too simplified and I believe the only option the user has is to keep clicking "next" at the commands. It just restores the OS to the factory settings, using all of the hard drive as 1 partition. How do I get around this? This is XP Pro.
You'll need a proper disk management utility. I recommend Partition Magic 8.0. If you do it properly you should be able to alter your partition settings without losing your data. Just make sure you know what you're doing.
It's possible you have a full XP install on those discs somewhere, especially given that you have two CDs. If you post the directory structure of the discs here, maybe we'll be able to help you track it down.