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IBM Recovery Partition inaccessible after Vista Install

I installed Vista on my IBM Z60T laptop and can no longer access my recovery partition.

Vista must have rewritten the MBR or something which prevents me from accessing it - even though I see it is there. I don't have recovery CD's and the only thing I could find on the IBM/Levova site was a Rescue and Recovery Diskette that creates a bootable diskette that can be used to repair a corrupt boot sector on your primary hard drive. However, these new laptops don't have a Diskette drive and I don't know if it would work anyways.

Here's that link:
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-54483

Does anyone know of another IBM utility that might help today? Would some other partition or MBR tool work?
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Alan HendersonCommented:
If necessary you can buy a USB floppy drive. They're quite cheap.
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SysExpertCommented:
You can contact IBM and they will send you recovery CDs in most case.

There may ba a shipping charge.

In addition, if you boot from DOS and use Fdisk, or a partitioning program, does the parttion even show up ?

Have you tried setting it to active ?

I hope this helps !
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PUNKYCommented:
No tool can fix that now, the Vista already modified and used BCD not the same way you might know about on older M$ OS. Or go with SysExperts suggestion.

If you use this tool for dual boot XP and Vista: http://www.vistabootpro.org/ then there is chance.
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notbhavnCommented:
Using Sysexpert's suggestion, you can use a Knoppix Linux Live CD and the use Gparted under "System" to check out the partition to make sure it hasn't been hidden.  BUT that is granted you have access to make this CD.
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Ryman1Author Commented:
Yep, I checked it with Partition Magic - it's there and active.

How will the dual-boot suggestion work? Do you think really think I should give it a try?
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Alan HendersonCommented:
To clarify.

Was the original installation Vista or was it XP?
Can you still boot into Vista?
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Ryman1Author Commented:
The original install was XP and I can still boot into Vista. I'd like to get my Original XP back though.
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SysExpertCommented:
If you can borrow a USB floppy ( Perhaps at a local repair shop for a nominal fee ) then I would try that first.
In the meantime Order the Recovery CDs

I hope this helps !
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Ryman1Author Commented:
Let's say I borrow the USB Floppy and create the Disk - will I be able to boot from it? Can do do the same using a USB Stick or putting the files on a bootable CD?
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SysExpertCommented:
Most machines in the last 5 years can boot from a USB floppy if the BIOS is set up for that.

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Ryman1Author Commented:
If that's the case, what about booting into a USB Flash drive that I have in my possession?
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SysExpertCommented:
Unfortunately, booting to a flash drive is not quite as easy.
Each BIOS only supports specific  drives.
If it is supported, you are certainly welcome to try, but it is a LOT more difficult to get a bootable flash drive working, than a bootable floppy.

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Ryman1Author Commented:
The USB Floppy worked!

By booting from the USB Floppy drive, I regained  access to the IBM Recovery Partition with the original factory tools and Windows XP files.

Here's the secret though....

The Lenovo link above gives you an option to make a Vista or XP repair disk. You have to use the Vista Recovery tools to get at the Partition once Vista has been installed. Then, you can use the Recovery Partition to rebuild the laptop back to Factory Settings with XP.
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SysExpertCommented:
That makes sense, since Vista uses a different boot method than XP.

Glad you got this resolved !
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