Thanks Bigmck! There's some nice simple explanations on this forum which is better than most -- or maybe I'm slower than I should be when it comes to computers.
So now I know I'll have to do a clean install -- just finished making the disc and printing the instructions -- or partition and make another system image somewhere.
I already made the system image onto my old, old hard drive, but I didn't partition to do it -- just put it in with the XP windows system, and someone told me they'd kill each other. This failing hard drive I'm on -- I got this HP computer 1 year and 1 month ago -- so right after the warranty expires, I get hard drive failure notices following on the heels of their continued notices to purchase their extended warranty. I thought they must be joking. But then I started to hear those gentle clicking noises.
Since it's a 750 SATA hard drive and I only use about 1/10 of that, I unallocated over half of it thinking that would improve the chances of the bad sectors being put out to pasture. At least the click noises went away.
Can someone give me a hint about what is the easiest and fastest way to partition a disc? It's not in the disc management section on windows. I'm sure there are 1000s of threads here about how to partition your hard drive.............aaahhhh
So I found what to do in disc management which is right click on the unallocated space -- good enough! Then there's a warning not to make it dynamic. What's dynamic mean?