Hello GX. As far as i know Windows didn't ask about partitions/formats. When i asked him to explain what happened when windows started to install, he said everything went normal (loading files,drivers ect) and then the blue screen appeared (got no options at all) with a lot of zeros ect.
I think it was a preinstalled system with Vista. He doesn't like Vista and tried to install xp over Vista and it didn't work, and being the impatient sod that he is, the clever cloggs downloaded DBAN and zapped his hdd completly. I assume he thought DBAN just formatted the hdd. it's windows xp pro (got to have the biggest) but i dont know what service pack. Just as an added querie, i only ever used fdisk up to Win Me, after i restore the MBR and create a partition and format the hdd, will xp load up? Regards.