I have just purchased and downloaded true-image 9 for my Sony Vaio K315s laptop. I have just installed a new hard disk and used the sony recovery disks to restore my sytem to its original state, including the 5gb hidden recovery partition. I then tried to restore the C and D drives using the relevant TI9 images. When finished, the message "Windows won't load because hal.dll is missing or corrupt" appeared. I eventually resolved this by rebuilding the boot.ini file using bootcfg /rebuild from the Windows XP CD. However when windows finally loaded and I tried to acces Sony recovery module, I was told that the recovery partition had been deleted. Two questions... 1) Is there a way of avoiding the "missing hal.dll" message 2) Is there a way of restoring the system complete with sony Vaio recovery partition intact.