Sounds like you got some kind of virus...After installing HnS on my my drive with Vista I began having problems with the XP drive and opperating system. For instance the internet connections stopped working and all of the files on the XP drive are now locked. I can not drag and drop them into new locations, and the copy and paste commands are no longer working. Now I am thinking I should reinstall windows XP.... any suggestions on the best way to do this. Should I uninstall HnS before reinstalling xp?
"It" being HnS or the XP registry hack? Just to clarify (don't want readers getting confused)...HnS is a custom version of Grub4Dos with a GUI front-end/installer.
It uses grub to boot each system, but the GUI creates hide/unhide commands as part of the menu.lst, so whenever you boot XP it will hide Vista and W7 drives. When you boot V/W7, it unhides them again.
If you use this XP registry hack (and it works for you ), you don't need HnS (It doesn't work in all circumstances)
Yes, any good partition imaging software (such as Terabyte's IFW - Image For Windows) can backup the entire HDD (not just the partitions with OSes installed to them). However, you would need to unhide any hidden partitions first before the software would be able to see it (at least on a normal setup). With IFW, though, you can backup any partitions (even ones that are not currently in the MBR partition table), just as long as they exist in the EMBR (an extended partition table used only by Terabyte's other software, BING).