After spending a week sizing up my partition [J:\] I was able to perform a complete BACKUP (about 180GB). I didn't want to leave anything out.
I reinstalled Windows 7 with the HP disks. I saw that it would re-format, but I didn't know that meant f**REMOVE MY PARTITION** including the BACKUP image!
This BACKUP has many software programs, including one I work with everyday on Virtual XP.
Should I shoot myself or is there any way to retrieve the BACKUP?
HP Pavilion dv6
Win 7 Pro