How can I read the recovery partition files?

Discussion in 'Compaq' started by Euc1id, Oct 11, 2003.

  1. Euc1id

    Euc1id Guest

    I have a new Compaq Presario S4020WM with Windows XP Home and a recovery
    partitiion (d:) on the hard drive. Attempts to access anything on the
    recovery partition have been unsuccessful. Using Windows Explorer, if I
    click the d:drive in the lefthand pane, it lists the files/folders OK in the
    righthand pane. That's normal. But that's all it will do! It won't allow
    anything more. Individual files/folders can't be read or expanded further.
    If I attempt to read the contents of a particular file or folder, it brings
    up the following message:

    Recovery Partition
    This area of your hard disk
    (or partition) contains files used
    for your system recovery.
    Do not delete or alter these files.
    Any change to this partition could
    prevent any recovery later.

    Does anyone know a way to gain access to those files?

    Mainly I just need to read them, at this point. Possibly I would want to
    modify them too. The reason is that I need to investigate a report from a
    trojan scanner that I may have a trojan on the recovery partition. But
    without the ability to read items on that partition, I can't investigate it.
    Euc1id, Oct 11, 2003
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  2. Euc1id

    Jeff Orum Guest

    "Euc1id" <> wrote in message news:<ciXhb.7461
    > Does anyone know a way to gain access to those files?

    Have you tried opening up a command windows (DOS like) or booting the
    system into Safe Mode with command prompt. I find if I do this I can
    cd to the D: directory and navigate my way around looking at files.

    I think this behavior is controlled by the desktop.ini file that is in
    the root directory on D:\. I'm no expert on this, but there are a few
    articles on the Microsoft Support site that take about this.
    Jeff Orum, Oct 22, 2003
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