Recover from Hidden Partition without Rescue and Recovery Access
04-23-200802:54 AM - last edited on 04-23-200801:27 PM by andyP
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: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4UFUYK 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?