I think it unlikely he's trashed the recovery partition if he just formatted a single, Windows partition. He didn't say he'd formatted ALL the partitions. The recovery partition would have to be formatted separately to wipe the data off it, and he didn't say he'd done that. Besides, he already says he can see the recovery data since formatting the C drive, which proves it's still there, under a separate drive letter.
Vortex153, if the PC was manufactured after spring 2003, pressing F10 key repeatedly as soon as it's switched on should bring up a menu from which recovery can be selected, but even that may not work if the menu utility resides normally on the C drive which you've formatted. That bit I don't know. You'll just have to try it and hope that the menu utility exists on the recovery partition which is still intact.
Edited by pip22, 05 May 2007 - 11:51 AM.