Dual Booting - The Quest for Hidden Partitions.......
Bit of a convaluted question I'm afraid......
I'm using a Packard Bell Easynote Laptop. It came preinstalled with Windows XP. Having tired of the numerous Windows related problems, I decided to install FC3. Using "Partition Magic", I formated the 40gig hard disk, allowing 17gig for a fat partiition, (FC3) and 17gig for a ntfs partition, (I wanted to dual boot with Windows).
The other sector of the hard disk was taken up with a "hidden" partition. This is where, using the Packard Bell recovery disk, you can "rescue" the system; it contains various bits and pieces which reinstall Windows XP with all the relavent hardware drivers.
My problem is thus; I used an XP pro disk to install Windows on the ntfs partitiion. As we can expect, Windows has subsequently developed countless IRQ conflicts as a result of using incorrect drivers etc for my laptop hardware. I now want to use the Packard Bell recovery disk to install a clean XP with all of the "factory" setting drivers.
I'm finding it hard to correctly boot with the recovery cd. It's telling me to "Insert Master disk A". I was wondering whether there is a way to burn nessecary files from the "hidden" partition to a CD and then boot from that. I've mounted the partition, and there's about 100megs of stuff in there.......
Long and convaluted I know, but I really appreciiate the time you've spent trawling through this and any subsequent time you spend advising me when and where you can!!