jaclaz, on 11 July 2012 - 03:05 AM, said:
I checked out MBLdr and that could be a good alternative to replace proprietary boot selectors, only kicking into action by tapping a particular Function key.
The link you gave me was in the context of someone who could not see the Recovery partition anymore. In emergency cases one can apply an even simplier solution for booting off the Recovery/Re-Install partition without having to resort to any MBR fiddling in case the MBR bootselector is lost. Burn a GPartEd LiveCD, boot from that, make the Recovery partition unhidden by unticking the checkbox hidden, and tick the checkbox Boot. Restarting the computer boots right away into the Recovery partition.
Even more simple, run the repair disc, CD/DVD, (and this any normal human being with a normal iq should have), go into the cmd console, then:
diskpart>list disk ; select disk 0 (if your recov par is on disk 0) ; list partition ; select partition [number of recov par] ; detail part ; set id=0C override (in case it was 1C, hidden fat32x) ; detail part (again) ; Active ; detail part (again)
Now the Recovery partition is type 0C, and active (will boot).
Quit the repair disc, restart computer and it'll boot into the Recov part.
PowerQuest's Partition Table Editor can also change the hidden fat32x (1C) ID to unhidden (0C). Reboot, mark Recovery partition as active in Disk Management and reboot again. Computer boots right away into the Recovery partition.
Booting into a Recovery/Re-install partition is *never* a problem, at least if you haven't been fiddling with the bootsector of it (as in my case).
I still need more time to go into all this (and into so many other posts and links) but I am off for 2 weeks not having access to any test machine. I can still read the forums now and then, though.
CU later folks, j