I was attempting to repartition, got it down to 1 partition or rather all unallocated. I wanted to restore XP to default first and placed the first of 4 recovery disks and it responded that was unable to restore.
Tried it with XP disk error msg setup unable to format partition
So I tried a Live CD Linux and no soap their either. Do not recall error message.
I rather suspect I need a new HD, but lets see what the forum has to say and thank you