|"so while i was out of town a friend tried to recover it for me by running sys recov."|
sorry to say, but I wouldn't let anyone fool with my PC if I wasn't there. Sounds like he/she crashed your PC and really messed it up.
Also by reformatting the drive you lost the hidden partition with your back up OS on it.
First of all remove the disc from the disc drive.
Tap f10 on bootup and change the boot order.
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