Yes, you can create a "restore" disc from the I386 folder,
off of the "hidden", restore, partition.
If you can access the "hidden", restore, partition.
I've tried to access a computer that has a "hidden", "restore" partition
using a "OEM", licensed, copy of "XP".
I wanted to do a "parallel", install of XP, so that I could try to access
files and data, off of the computer.
Also, to see if there was a chance I could get in and fix the computer -
Better chance with "Linux" - "Bootable".
I've used the manufacturer of the hard drive's; "formatting", utilities to wipe out the "hidden" partition on various computers (Dell, HP, etc ...)
Can't use a "OEM", installation disc to install an "OS" - that will not work on those computers.
You've got to have the "original", installation, media - ("Restore Disc")!
Maybe there's something in the "Motherboard" - "BIOS" - that does not
find that compatible?!?
I have a feeling that "Sony", "Toshiba", and "IBM" - are the same.
(Any man. that uses a "restore" partition)
I have a friend who just purchased a very, good "HP Laptop" -
one of the options was a "Restore Disc" (20 dollars more) - I told him -
do it - and, make a copy!
Think that was a good idea?
(By "default" - it didn't come with a "Restore Disc"!?)
Just some thoughts!