Hello all, I recently got a new laptop and reformmated it and put on win xp pro (sp3) but did not realize that there was a hidden recovery partition i had overlooked. so now ive been using it for a few weeks and have set it up jus thte way i like but decided to recover the space(6.5gb) from the recovery partition which i deleted. first i tried just adding the unallocated space to the main partition using the resize feature. unfortunately i got an error (unable to process partitions with bad blocks) and so i tried using chkdsk /r with no luck. so then i decided to make a backup image using acronis true image 11 and reformat the entire drive and replace the image on to the drive. all that went fine until the end of the recovery when it gave an error msg about being unable to write to a specific sector on the drive so i clicked ignore. everything still works fine. i still got the same error when trying to resize. so then i tried merging instead where i formatted the unallocated space into a partition and then tried to merge the two bits. it analyzed the small partition fine but then froze while analyzing the main partition. so then i tried all of the above with a boot cd made by disk director. everything happened the same except it rebooted when analyzing the main partition for merging. anyone got any suggestions? i would appreciate any help that doesnt involve me starting from scratch(reinstall the OS and programs etc.).