|You can not copy over the HP recovery partition and still have it work... The part that allows you to recover by pressing F10 is written into the MBR, much like the way of the linux boot manager system.|
You also can not gain FULL access to this drive by directly going through XP.
I did discover however that you CAN access the recovery drive from another computer on a network. You can (among other things), manually place a setup shortcut on your desk top. The other thing you can do is UNHIDE the partition (the recovery partitions are ussually hidden) and use a win98 boot disk to gain access to the partition. They are almost always formatted as FAT32.
I ended up just simply doing a disk image of the basic XP setup and then just scrapping the entire recovery partition... In the long run it's much easier this way anyway.