I recently had problems with my MESH PC which resulted in the System restore being corrupted midway through a restore. Ended up doing a reinstall of XP from the recovery disc provided but since then I don not get the message "Press F10 fo Recovery" on boot. I can see a 2.44GB partition in system information as well as the primary partition.
Anyone have any clues in getting the Recovery option back for future use.
Using the recovery CD overwrites a part of the disc that is used to access the F10 recovery partition. The only way to get the partition back would be for us to remaster the hard drive in our workshop, or if you were to create your own using a third party application. Obviously with the latter option you would first need to purchase the software.
The recovery CD doesn't actually overwrite the hidden partition and so it will still exist, and now be wasting space on your hard drive. Given this, you may as well now delete the hidden partition to regain the space for your own use.
Locate "My Computer", which will either be an icon on the desktop or within the START menu. Use the right hand mouse button, click once. Select MANAGE from the list.
A new window will open with a list of items down the left hand side. Select DISK MANAGEMENT from the list. On the right hand side you will see a partition labelled "RECOVERY". Using the mouse again, right click once and select DELETE PARTITION.
You will need to create a new partition again before being able to use the space, and then format it. Right click on the partition again to access the create partition option, the formatting will be a question asked automatically after this first step.
Once done, you should end up with a new hard drive appear in your explorer windows, even though it is physically part of the same disk as drive C:.