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Recover from Hidden Partition without Rescue and Recovery Access

2008-04-23, 9:54 AM

My T61p has suddenly stopped booting up properly, the ThinkVantage button doesn't work (I cannot access Rescue and Recovery) and I am traveling and do not have my backup CD with me. Is there a way I can get access to the hidden partition with Vista on it and rebuild from there? I found this website that seems to describe what I want to do:
However, my Thinkpad neither came with a floppy disk drive (which computer nowadays does?) and I also don't have a folder c:/IBMTOOLS that is mentioned in there.

My details are:
- I am running Vista Ultimate (english version)
- T61p
- I only have access to a French version of Vista Business to start a recovery console (with which I backed up my files)

The symptoms are:
- Cannot access Rescue and Recovery (when I press the button I only get a screen asking me to access the BIOS, boot normally or boot from a different device)
- Several system drivers seem to be missing (e.g. intelide.sys or acpi.sys)
- My MBR may have been destroyed previously (a Vista tool recreated it)
- Both my HD and main memory passed diagnostic tests, so the problem isn't there

My questions are:
- Is there a way I can access the hidden partition and initiate a reinstall from there from the command-line (my French recovery console)
- Is there a way I can recover access to Rescue and Recovery without requiring a floppy disk?

Any help is appreciated,
Moderator Note; converted to clickable link

Message Edited by andyP on 04-23-2008 10:27 PM
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