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How to get into RECOVERY hidden partition?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by lokkers, 15 Jan 2006.

  1. lokkers

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Mar 2004

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    Location: Farnborough, Hants

    My girlfriends laptop is getting very sluggish, and I am considering going for a fresh reinstall of the OS (XP Home).

    However, the machine didnt come with any CD media, and I guess this is on a hidden partition called RECOVERY (see screenie). This doesnt show as a partition, so cannot be accessed via My Computer or the run prompt. Also a right-click in Disk Management only gives me a Help option, so I cant change the drive letter to something more accessable.

    Question is, does anyone know how I can get access to this partition to get hold of the XP Home installation files which I guess are in there?

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  2. Caged

    Capodecina

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    What PC is it? Try pressing F10 when its booting.
     
  3. lokkers

    Wise Guy

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    ITs an Advent laptop, about 15 months old. I'll give F10 a shot

    EDIT: Yep that took me into Advents own recovery app, giving me various options including a reinstall. But any idea how to actually browse this drive? I am old-school and i like doing it the proper way :p
     
    Last edited: 15 Jan 2006
  4. Caged

    Capodecina

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    How do you mean the proper way?
     
  5. roughlad

    Hitman

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    youl probally find that you cant browes through all the files as alot will be zipped or in a ghost format as it has been desigend so you cant just play with it.
     
  6. lokkers

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Farnborough, Hants

    Installation CD so i can control what is installed and where.
     
  7. Caged

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    That's not gonna happen. It will likely as said above be a Ghost image. You won't be able to pull an XP disc off of that rcovery partition.