|I removed the hidden partitiob using a partition editor. I can view all of the folders. I did this after the F10 function wouldn't work anymore. I was trying to figure out how pressing the F10 key would cause the hidden partition to respond. Does the command work thru the bios? The partition editor that I used when loaded would show both of the partitions before I removed the H attribute from the hidden partition. The hidden partition is a little more then 4 gigs in size and is 32 bits. The rest is NTFS. I copied the hidden partition over to another drive that was larger and is a known good drive. Keep in mind now that the F10 function worked on the original drive before I made the copy and on the new drive that I copied to. What would happen is that when I pressed the F10 key and ran the recovery, after reboot, it would say something different each time I re-ran the recovery. The first time, it said that it couldn't find the command file in such-and-such directory. So I re-ran the recovery and next time it said missing operating system. I tried it one more time and then it said "Missing NTLDR". I then performed a drive scan and found that there were some bad sectors on it. So, I copied the hidden partition to the new drive and ran the recovery again pressing the F10 key. It reinstalled the software but I still got the same message. I decided to run it one more time but it wouldn't work when pressing the F10 key anymore. It would just start beeping at me as I pressed the key. When I stopped, it would continue to try and search for and OS but would then say that the OS is missing. That is when I removed the H attribute from the partition on the new drive so that I could browse the files on the drive. I was trying to find if there was a boot file that responded to the F10 key but I wasn't sure what the file would be. I know that this is a long post but I am trying to be as detailed as I can so that you know where I stand.|
Here are the folders that are on the drive.
$win_nt$.~bt, $win_nt$.~ls,cmdcons,found.000(hidden),i386,minint,preload,save,system volume information(hidden).
The files that are in the root directory are boot files.I would post a snapshot of the files and folders on the drive but I don't know if I can. If you want me to email the screenshot to you then I can do that so you can see the contents of the drive.