Iain Posted April 6, 2010 Share Posted April 6, 2010 (edited) I've been asked to look at a friend's laptop that's died. I've repaired the HD with MHDD then I backed up the data. I have installed a new HD and had hoped to reinstall the OS (XP MCE) to factory default using the recovery DVD. However, when I booted it, it whinged because the new HD doesn't contain any information! I've done some digging around and it seems that I need to have the hidden recovery partition on the new HD. I'm familiar with Ghost (boot floppy) but, when I examined the old HD with it, the hidden partition wasn't recognised. I attached the old HD to an XP Pro installation and the hidden partition was shown in Disk Management as 5GB (approx) FAT32. I'm not familiar with any other imaging software. Can anyone give me recommendations (cheap, or preferably free!) about what I can use to copy the hidden partition from the old HD to the new one? I thought of cloning the whole HD (160GB) using Ghost and deleting the Data partition but my desktop is very old and it's BIOS doesn't like such a large HD. Edited April 6, 2010 by Iain Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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