livewire yeah this is a pig of a problem that I have come across before. M$ lock down this facility. The ability to use wildcards is turned off in recovery console for
security reasons. You can turn it on, but the setting has to be made
before you need recovery console. Is the drive working? if so from run type MMC then Start the Group Policy Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. Install it if its not there.
Select the Security Options object in the Console pane to display the security policies in the Details pane.
In the Details pane, double-click the Recovery Console: Allow Floppy Copy And Access To All Drives And Folders policy.
Click Enabled, and then click OK.
Otherwise another way to get your data off the drive would be to take the drive from the existing machine and add it as a slave to a
machine already running XP.
Some utilities that might help: