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Question: making os back up from partition without recovery disk

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OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M CPU 420 @ 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1525 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 32651 MB, Free - 1212 MB;
Motherboard: DIXONSXP, DIXONSXP, ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

My specs are as above, what i need to do is make a copy of my os off the partition set aside on my hdd, i got my laptop couple years ago and as u can see it has a small hdd, it came with os installed and no recovery disk creator or recovery disk, only a drivers disk. i want to create a recovery disk and then wipe the os partition to get the extra 5.5 GB that it take up, my drive is 40GB and i can only access 32GB approx. I cannot afford to buy a new os disk or to send off for one, i tried the toshiba recovery disk creator as my hdd is a TOSHIBA MK3402GSX ATA DEVICE, on disk management i see that the bit i want to access is 5.37GB and it says 'healthy(EISA configuration)', the other says '31.89 GB NTFS (healthy, system,boot,pagefile,active,crashdump). Can anyone help, this has been stumping me for months! Last time i had to pay 50 quid to get it restored because i had no disks, i was paying my mum back for a month!
i am editing this as i have got a system report from Acronis that shows the extra partition i think its name is 'BUILTIN' but i'm not sure as i am not quite sure what i'm looking for! i have included 3 of the reports which i think relate to my issue.

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Preferred Solution: making os back up from partition without recovery disk

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jackageo said:

Recovery Partition...

The thread above reminded me...

My laptop has a partition with Windows 7 on it for recovery purposes. It was a long time ago, but I think I created it from an ISO. I can't even remember how it should be used!

Is it possible to create the same in Windows 10?

Answer:Making a Recovery Partition?

nigelmercier said:

The thread above reminded me...

My laptop has a partition with Windows 7 on it for recovery purposes. It was a long time ago, but I think I created it from an ISO. I can't even remember how it should be used!

Is it possible to create the same in Windows 10?

Yep ... see Reset Recovery Image - Create in Windows 10 (

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Hello there !I custom built a super Computer myself with the IdEs left from my dying Hp Pav 305W My 84 yrs Old father bought me at WAL Mart 7 yrs ago.The New DESK Top Pc has a EVGA Mother Bd,with 5 Sata Drives ports (I am using One HDD) 3 PCI slots 2 PCi Xpress, Capacity for 8GB of RAMan Nvidia GEForce PNY 1024 RAM.PCB has Nvidia Chipsets water cooled factory pre installed!!!A 450 Watts PWR Supply. 2 CD/DVD/RW Drives 1 Floppy Drive.The Tower is a GigaBits Brand Black.I have Win XP HOME Installed. But I did not remove the Drives connector cables attached to the Mother Bd.I want to do a HDDipe out and re-install Windows,XP or whatever OS I choose.But here is my Question, I am now learning the tweaks of creating a partition,I want to do is make a recovery Partition like Hp and DELL and IBM do in their Distributed Home Pcs with Pre-installed O.S.I know it can be done ! I know how to acces by a command prompt "COMPMGMNT.exe" I do know that you need to access the Recovery Console and work from there?But How? Is my Question,can any Good soul help me?My Nephew came from Irack and needs a Pc,so Me his Uncle Rafi has another EVGA and all the stuffs to Custom built him the same Pc I built for me, as he Has a Plasma Monitor Karman & Hardon Pc Speakers system and a Key Board from his damaged Pc he left in the Car Trunk while on Duty...Anyone can E maill me if needs to do so.I will be more than greatfull to get this info [email protected]

Answer:Making a Permanet recovery Partition like th

Recovery partitions are ok, but it's better to create the recovery image on DVDs or on a separate hard drive. Then if the hard drive dies, you can just stick in a new drive and recover. Acronis or Ghost do a great job.The three most important things in computing:1. Backups, 2. Backups and 3. Backups.

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Anyone know how to make an automatic recovery partition that's bootable at startup (like the one that came from the factory) that will reinstall my OS and all current applications in their current state in case of a major crash? The current one is for vista, and I don't want to have to reinstall vista again in order to use the upgrade disks.

Answer:Making an automatic recovery partition?

OTE=madtownidiot;418642]Anyone know how to make an automatic recovery partition that's bootable at startup (like the one that came from the factory) that will reinstall my OS and all current applications in their current state in case of a major crash? The current one is for vista, and I don't want to have to reinstall vista again in order to use the upgrade disks.[/QUOTE]

Not the answer to your exact question, but you can make a copy of the hard drive. You can use Acronis to make the copy. Put the copy away in a safe place and it would be available to use if required.
There is another application that can used to make copies macrium reflex. You can use Acronis or Macrium to make ccomplete copy of your hard drive, for later use if needed

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How do I make a recovery partition on a custom made PC using HP Backup and Recovery. I downloaded that from their website. I can make backups but I can't store them to separate partition on my 180 GB harddrive. If I succeed in making a recovery drive, how do I make it bootable by pressing f10 or something?

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s - when I try to make a partition using disk management , I get confused on how to make it. I red the article on how to but no luck.My hdd is 500gig , o.s is 38gig, so I want to shrink the 500 gig to 50gig so that I can convert the rest 450gig for my new partion . I will call it D: this is where my new programs will go.problem is when I put in the shrink amount , it either goes to 0 or 150gig. You see the problem already ? Im using disk management to do this. Is there an easier way ?should I download a third party program to do this ?why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?

Answer:confusion when making a partition using disk management ?

How is the HDD currently partitioned, one partition using all available disk space? If you have a 500GB HDD, it will format as approx 465GB. I'd go with at least 65GB for the OS, that way it will have some breathing room. The remaining 400GB can either be a single partition, or split into 2 partitions - one for programs, the other for storage. I prefer using EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition, which is available for free.

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I've managed to make a set of recovery disks and a  backup of the system. Do I still need the Lenovo D: drive now I've done this? I'd quite like to reclaim the space if possible. How would I get rid of it and get the space into the C drive. Bit puzzled by Lenovo documentation - it says the recovery drive is hidden but I can see it , 12 gb or so D:


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Answer:Recovery partition - delete after making recover dsks

bodsham wrote:I've managed to make a set of recovery disks and a  backup of the system. Do I still need the Lenovo D: drive now I've done this? I'd quite like to reclaim the space if possible. How would I get rid of it and get the space into the C drive. Bit puzzled by Lenovo documentation - it says the recovery drive is hidden but I can see it , 12 gb or so D:I suggest that you first verify that your recovery discs actually work.  Right now, I have reason to believe that mine don't, so I'm keeping my Q drive until I'm confident. Also, it would be wise to save the folder SWTOOLS to another location. That folder has all of the Windows 7 drivers for the X220t so if you are forced to re-install windows you can get up and going with minimun hassle, as far as getting all the functions of you laptop back.

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Hi all,

I recently got a base-model Asus G750JS with Win 8.1 and bought a separate SSD with the intent of migrating the original setup onto the new disk. I read up on how to migrate and opted to go with AOMEI Partition Assistant as my partition cloning tool. I've copied all of the partitions to the new disc, and Windows is bootable and works as desired, but the cloned recovery and restore partitions do not. Since the computer did not come with a recovery DVD or even a serial number for the Windows, I'd like to find a way of keeping these recovery/restore partitions in place should anything happen to my OS in the future.

I encountered no errors when cloning these partitions onto the SSD, but Windows does not recognize them when I try to explore options like "System Refresh". If I launch the Windows Recovery Media Creator tool from control panel, it greys out the option to "Copy the recovery partition" and, when I try to create a new recovery partition, tells me that "Some required files are missing".

I noticed that there were some flags on the original recovery/restore partitions that labeled them as "Restore" type drives, whereas the new cloned partitions are just regular partitions (although I set them to be hidden). Could that be the source of the issue, and if so, how would I set those flags?

Thank you in advance!

Answer:Making cloned recovery partition usable? (SSD migration)

PS: Here is how my partition table looks now. The SSD is disk 0 and the circled partitions are the clones that are now not being recognized. Disk 1 is the source HDD. You'll notice that the recovery/restore partitions on that one have drive letters and no special flags anymore...that's because I had accidentally deleted them earlier (after the cloning process was successfully completed), and though they've been restored, the flags have not.

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Hello everyone,

Being a total GUI orientated child Gates and Jobs, I have hit a brick wall!

I need to flash some roms on a graphics card and a disk controller card, but both require the use of a 'boot floppy' (i'm adding that in quotes as this is totally alien to me!

I suppose this means some sort of ancient dos thing!

I've really tried against all odds to eliminate floppy and serial / PS2 devices from my life, and now I've achieved this, and my loft is far too dusty to be crawling around in trying to find such things again!

So, please could someone help me on this. Could I create this dinosaur relic on a USB stick, and if so, how does one go about it?

I tried making my usb stick bootable as I did in the wonderful thread on this forum to install RC1 and it worked a dream, but i'm guessing this isn't the same thing is it

Oh well... that's what comes from living in Steve Jobs land till a couple of years ago

Many thanks in advance from this utter boot disk virgin.

Answer:Back to the stone age... making a boot disk!

have you ditched your optical drives yet?

if not, you can download images for bootdisks here.

aha - there are also instructions for usb drives too!

happy booting!

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Hello, my computer has been having trouble because of lack of space in the recovery drive.
Therefore I tried to first expand it, which it was unable to, and then make a new partition which I would move the contents over to.

However, when making the partition it comes up with a message about changing it into a dynamic disk, and I'm not sure what this means or how it will affect me.

I'm not native english, and neither is my windows locale, so I apologize for the rough translation of the message.

"With the chosen action(?) you will convert the chosen basic disks to dynamic disks. If you convert the disks to dynamic disks, you will not be able to start installed operative systems from a disk unit on the disks (except the current startdisk unit)." and then a yes/no choice.

I put in some information about my computer when I created the account, but just in case, here are some specs:

Computer manufactorer: Medion Akoya P6512
OS: Windows Home Premium 32-bit
Hard drive: WDC WD50 00BEVT-00A0RT0 SATA Disk Device

Thank you for taking the time to read it.

Answer:Making a new disk partition will change disks to dynamic

Please post a screenshot of your hard drive as produced by running DISKMGMT.MSC. Please maximize the program window and spread the column dividers so that we can see all the text in each column.

A standard MBR-formatted hard drive (as opposed to a GPT-formatted hard drive) can only have FOUR "primary" partitions. So if your existing hard drive already has four primary partitions, you can't add a fifth, assuming there's justification for another partition. Simply re-sizing your existing partitions might satisfy your goals, but we need that screenshot to properly understand your current situation.

If necessary, you can use a utility like Minitool's Partition Wizard to convert one of your partitions from "primary" to "logical" (thus leaving you with a maximum of three other primary partitions on that drive). The newly converted "logical" partition is now inside of a space (called "extended partition", which is actually the fourth primary partition on the drive) which has the ability to support essentially any number of additional such "logical" partitions inside of it.

So while there is a total maximum of four "primary" partitions on an MBR hard drive, or three "primary" partitions plus one "extended" partition (inside of which one or more "logical" partitions can live), there is essentially no limit to the total number of partitions on your MBR hard drive if you use one or ... Read more

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Hi Frnz!A month before i bought a new lap aspire 4738z. It came with win7 home premium installed with GRUB loader. Now i want to downgrade to XP.. But two problems were there in downgrading option..1.) No recovery disc or installation disc of my orgina OS..If i downgrade without recovery disc i might lose my orginal win 7 home premium..2.) SATA is in AHCI mode so i guess CD will not boot.. I guess the only option for changing to IDE mode is possible only with the OS installatiom disc..Help me to make a recovery disc..I think, you all understand my problem..Any replies would be appreciated!Many thanX in Advance!

Answer:Making recovery disk

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum  help everyone with all computer questions. It is hard to fully understand your question.You have a new computer with Windows 7.You want to down grade to Windows XP.That is not recommended. But many have don it.Here is a preferred method of using Windows XP mode when you  need it to run some older programs that don't work well in a Windows 7 system., this information maybe of help. if you really are going to remove Windows 7 and in stall Win ws XP, there are some e things you need to know.1. Some new laptops do not have drivers for XP readily available.2.  A Hard drive used by Vista or Windows 7 has to have the MBR be reset to be used by Windows XP. The is more to say about this. Hopefully some others on this forum will explain the issue of doing a 'downgrade' to XP.

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can anyone help me,to make a recovery disk of my drive C:, i want to make a bootable recovery disk which i can use to recover or rollback may drive C: from my fresh install with some of the software that i always install when i format my computer. any one can help? and if your gonna sudgest norton ghost, i dont have any extra drive thats why i want to have a recovery DVD.thanks in advance

Answer:Making a Recovery disk?

Cannot be done without a second drive/partition...thats how all image apps work...

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I am working overseas and my Daughter is a single parent with two young children who use the PC for their studies.
It worries me that should the PC develop a problem my Daughter will be unable to fix the it.

What I would like to do is create a 'Recovery CD' similar to that which some manufacturers supply and put all other relevant files in a Hidden Folder on the Hard Drive. In other words make it as easy as possible for her to perform a full system recovery even to the extent of formatting the hard drive as most(?) recovery disks do.

Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Making a XP Recovery Disk

What brand of computer is it? And what type? Liz

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Will Vista Recovery Disk Work if there is No Recovery Partition?
Thanks all.

Answer:Solved: Will Vista Recovery Disk Work w/ No Recovery Partition?

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When I push the Q: recovery drive> Create recovery media, I get a message saying "Windows cannot find 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo\factory recovery\recovburncd.exe'. Make sure you types the name correctly, and then try again."How do I go about fixing this and creating a recovery disk?

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After I did a clean install of Win10 about a year ago, I created a USB Recovery Drive. I also have a Norton Security Recovery Drive and I?ve created USB Bootable PE Rescue Disk by Kyhi. I also use Acronis to create regular full disk images and I have a USB Bootable Acronis Rescue Drive.

With the USB Recovery Drive and the USB Bootable PE Rescue Disk by Kyhi, do I still need to keep the Recovery Partition that Win10 created when I did the original install? Are the files in that partition used by the system to create the USB Recovery Drive?

Also out of curiosity I executed the ?reagentc/info? command and I see that the Windows RE status is disabled. Did creating the USB Recovery Drive do that or is something else going on? If I keep the recovery partition then do I need to re-enable it and if so how do I do that?

Answer:Recovery Drive vs Recovery Partition vs PE Rescue Disk, confused.

Hi, you don't need the manufacturer's recovery partition unless you planned to restore the PC to as bought e.g. to sell it on.
You could create a disk image of it and save it on an external disk, then delete it from your PC.

Windows RE: Suggests you have a corrupt or missing partition - System Reserved. Note that Disk Management does not show this 16Mb partition. You need a 3rd party partition manager to see it.

See this (lots of technical detail):
Just a moment...

And do a couple of checks to see if it really is missing.

Thread where this problem was resolved:
Can't enable Windows Recovery Environment

For interest:
Windows RE statue Disabled - Microsoft Community

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I accidentally formatted the recovery partition and now I can't make a recovery disc. Can someone please help me? I also have an original windows 7 disc and how could i get back the lenovo stuff back on it?
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Answer:Accidentally formatted the recovery partition and I can't make recovery disk

That sucks, and you have tons of options including heroic tasks such as undelete tools that may or not work reliably.You may also feed your machine type and model number into the website and navigate to a list of the latest and even oldest stable drivers and software for your system.Regaining the exact functionality of booting to the recovery partition isn't regained from downloading those drivers.If you're insistent on restoring the same reboot/recovery functionality then you should consider contacting Lenovo support to determine your options, I'm not qualified nor presumptuous enough to mention whether or not a fee is involved for materials.

Signature:Let us know what happened,and share your solutions so others may benefit from our experiences. "It doesn't really matter what kind of computers I own since right now the conversation is about the problems on the computers that YOU OWN!" -Mark Twain

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Hello!I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad with a windows 7 32 bit version. There was no system disk added. I learned that the windows 7 version is hidden in a recovery partition. I now want to create a system disk to save the windows 7 32 bit version just in case and install a windows 7 ultimate 64 bit version on the computer. Can you tell me what I have to do? Thank you!

Answer:How to create a recovery system disk from the hidden recovery partition?

Hi and welcome,
One way is to save a recover set ... with OKR ... or better do this Backup before  ...but no way to get a  pure Windows 7 Install Disc if you mention this  ...  
And Windows 7 64 Bit will not run on Atom based machine.. i.e. S10/S10e/S10-2 ,S12 Intel/Nvidia ...
(and even when, it lacks of memory 2GB (due the intel chipset restrictions) is good for 32 Bit based systems, but not really enough for 64 Bit based systems, so there is no benefit for use a 64bit on a netbook)  
S10-3t W7 64 ?
sincerely KalvinKlein 
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Talk about confusing. Does anyone know how to get a Toshiba C660 working after the HDD has failed and the owner has stupidly NOT followed the instructions to make a recovery disk. Will the recovery disk ( if you purchase one from Toshiba ) rebuild the new HDD along with a new recovery partition and install windows 7 (original OS ) and accept the product key printed on the Windows License attached to the base of the laptop. I have read a number of suggestions but these have been deemed incorrect by others.

Surely Toshiba must have a way of sorting this problem.

Do they read these posts ?

Answer:Satellite L660-12Q - Would recovery disk rebuild the new HDD along with a new recovery partition

Hi buddy?

I don?t think that this is really complicated? I could find all info regarding the recovery procedure in the user manual?

The recovery disk has to be created at the first day of purchase? its recommended to create one in cases something would be wrong with the HDD.

The recovery disk contain an image?. Image is a package containing Win system, drivers, tools and all the stuff preinstalled on the notebook.
You purchased the notebook and the system was already activated so you don?t need the key placed at the bottom of the unit.
Furthermore the usage of recovery disk formats the whole HDD (partitions too) and set the notebook back to the same state like at the first day of purchase.

There is also another option to recover the notebook called HDD recovery. This HDD recovery does not need recovery disk. Usage of HDD recovery would format ONLY the C (system) partition.

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hey i just bought a dell inspiron 6400 and wanted to make a recovery disk on it... dell has a partition drive i think with all the files for it.. but can someone tell me howto make the actual disk as a recovery disk.. sorry new to softwares

Answer:[resolved]help making a recovery disk

windows Vista actually comes with integrated software to hlp in backing up and restoying.

In control panel click the icon - backup and restore center.
there are then two options
- Back up files
- Restore Files

change the settings in back up files. there you are able to back up files to a cd etc and choose what files you want to backup

however if you are looking to make a cd that u can boot from or use to recover corrupted files etc you will most likely need to download a 3rd party software.

Some easy to use ones are
Acronis or R-Drive Image, though they are only trials.

Hope that helps

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Hi, I recently bought thinkpad edge E420 and when i try to make the recovery disk its giving me aerror at the end of the burning the second disk for data media. its giving me a error message rcr 9 and its giving me option to retry or cancel. If i click retry its asking me to insert the an empty disk again. but at the end of the process its giving me the same error. If i click cancel its canceling the whole process.Any solutions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Error while making Recovery Disk

Thanks for your post ,
I would like to know have you made any changes to system Volume / Partion size
Also Please share the Rescue & Recovery version & Operating system You are using

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Hey i know how to make one and all but i cant find the spot where i can. because i used to have windows ME but jsut upgraded to XP. So where do i go to get me started? please be detailed.

Answer:Making A Windows XP Recovery Disk.

XP does not have an ERD.

It has Recovery Console:

Driver Rollback.

Automatic System Recovery:

System Restore:

And a Password Recovery Diskette feature.


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Hey guys,
I bought my computer in 2003 and that thing keeps popping up saying create recovery disks. So I am creating them now. OS my question is my computer already has problems it has viruses and svchost error. If i try to use these disk to fix my computer will the virus/ errors be on it?

Answer:Question about making recovery disk

System and manufacturer?

That sounds like a question that they ought to answer...since I don't believe there is any standard format for these recovery/restore disks/partitions.

I would guess that it depends on what files are taken from your hard drive...and what files are taken from other possible sources (hidden partition and/or recovery partition on original hard drive).


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Hi thereI am almost afraid to ask this, for fear of sounding stupid, but I hope someone will help anyway. I recently bought a new laptop and with it received a recovery disk. It is a DVD and is more than 4GB. I am terrified of losing this disk and so would like to make a copy of all the files and drivers I need in the event of a crash. Should I try to copy the disk (not sure how to do this in Vista), or should I use nLite to make a copy that contains the OS and Drivers, or is Acronis best? As I understand it Acronis just makes an image and I don't understand how that works. If you have a crash, don't you have to reinstall things rather than just copy them back onto your drive??Also, what does ISO image mean?Hope you can help!

Answer:Making a copy of recovery disk

ISO image is a standard. click hereI would simply copy the disc by inserting it in your DVD drive and when autorun asks, look for the option to copy the disk using.... It will offer you the installed program on the laptop.

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I was creating recovery disk from recovery partition on my Lenovo T400 with Windows 7. 6.5 GB of the recovery partition has been occupied.But in the process, I created three DVDs. I might remember wrong, but the first two DVDs were called by the wizard as disk 1, and the third one was called disk 2.The first one has been written 0.22 GB only. Following is the content of the DVD (right click the image and select view the image in a bigger size):
Link to picture
The second one has been written 3.97 GB as follows:
Link to picture
The third one has been written 2.44 GB as follows:
Link to pictureI am allowed only one time to create recovery disk. So I was wondering if I missed something? How is the creation process supposed to be like? Thanks and regards!
Moderator note; picture(s) totalling >50K converted to link(s) Forum Rules

Answer:Have I created the recovery disk from recovery partition correctly?

Looks okay to me. In the past, after I created a recovery disk set once I have the new laptop.I would use the Roxio software or any similar software to create ISO image of the 3 discs, and store these in a network drive or 2nd harddisk. Then I would reboot and use thinkvantage to factory restore the laptop (takes about <15 minutes now if window 7), this will restore the capability to create recovery disc again, and then I can burn another set of recovery disks. The reason I have 2 or more sets is because one time I had an issue with my T61 a long time ago and when using the recovery disk discovered that the 2nd disk is bad. From that i learn my lessons and have multiple backup in case the media was scratched, wrap under heat or i accidentally erase/overwrite my DVDRW. One of the disk out of the 3 is normally the bootup disk which you can use a CDRW disc, the other 2 is quick large in file size and DVD discs are needed.

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hp 241 g1 laptop given by rajasthan govt., india to schooler students !My son  received these laptop with pre installed genuine win 8.1 with ms office 2013 & other educational software.but we received these laptop with already removed recovery partition !!so i can't able to create recovery disk !! for this issue i contact hp support care number. but they say they have not any recovery media !!How to solved this issue ? how to make recovery disk myself if recovery partition removed? my mobile no. is : 9460410231 email : [email protected]

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I'm having a problem on a system running Win XP Home that has a system partition (c:) and a recovery partition (d:). Something happened to the windows partition and the machine will not boot. At first the option to run the recovery at boot by pressing F11 was available, but I tried to fix the MBR on the system partition using the recovery console from the windows disc. FIXMBR and FIXBOOT did not fix the boot I need to restore the O.S., but now that used those tools to try to fix the problem, the F11 recovery option is not available anymore. Is there ANYTHING i can do get the system to offer the recovery option of using the F11 built in recovery partition...because now it doesn't even flash that option anymore (and it only gives you a couple of seconds to hit F11 anyway...but now nothing). If anybody has any ideas or solutions, I could totally use one about now. Thanks.

Answer:Need Recovery Partition back...

I would suggest format that partition and reinstall XP one more time...make sure to do a full format this time....

Warning---Also understand you will loose what ever files and folders you have saved on that partition

First read this to understand the differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a "clean" installation of Windows XP

And read this one as well;
During Setup You Are Unable to Format a Partition with a File Allocation Table Format

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I own a Dell XPS L502x. (i7,8GB,750GB,2GB nVidia 540m). Since my laptop purchase, I have completely reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium twice. I just format 'C:', and install windows in it. Now i found that, i could have used my recovery partition to reinstall.
Now i think that this partition is not under use.since, I reinstalled windows 'C:' become Boot partition. How to get it back.
Also wats the use of that 102MB FAT primary partition at the beginning?

Answer:How to get back Recovery partition into use?

Screenshot of my disk management:

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I have deleted recovery partion by mistake how can i get it back.

Answer:How to get back recovery partition

Hi,If you need it back at this present situation, you have to order recovery USB from HP support in your region & then perform factory reset with support provided recovery media. you can try clean install of Windows 7, if you can clearly read all 25 characters of product activation key from COA sticker pasted on laptopRegardsVisruth

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Hi,  I have just bought a Think Centre and I have made a set of recovery cd's but now they are all unreadable and do not work. Now I need to make a second copy of the disk. However when I try to make the cd's on the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools under Factory Recovery Disk's an error message saying;   '' The files required by the program cannot be found'' Please can someone help with this? Thanks          

Answer:M90z - 0800D3G, Making a second Factory Recovery Disk's

If you just bought the system, and the one that you made before doesn't work. You can call up Lenovo service and request one to be sent to you for free.The only way to make a second set (any other subsequent set), is actually do a complete system recovery to the factory state.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A660/07u Australian model. UI want to back up Toshiba?s recovery partition just in case if a virus were to come etc. How can i do it? Because i can?t see it on my computer.
Also there is the hibernating partition so which one is Toshibas recovery partition. One is about 1.5 gig and the other is 12.5 gig.
Please help

Answer:How to back up the hidden recovery partition?

Hi wsb

You cannot back up this partition and later use it for OS installation. Access to this partition you can have if your notebook has ?factory settings? only.

What you must do is to create recovery DVD. This recovery DVD you can use for recovery image installation if something goes wrong. For recovery disc creation I recommend you to use DVD-R media only.

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Hello all,Yesterday I purchased a G550 2958 H2Q. I'm hoping one can share some information. I went through couple of threads before posting this. If this posting is not appropriate here, consider my apology.  I am not a techie and never used Windows 7 or One Key Recovery. 1.  I insisted at the store  for a Win XP Pro installation but store keeper said he can't install and this model doesn't  comes with WIn XP Pro. He also advice me to create a recovery disk to be in the safer side. He said I will required to have 3 DVDs (4.7GB) to get this done. 2. At home I clicked the program One Key Recovery and click one regot 3 options - I. Create a recovery disk from an existing image, ii. Create a recovery disk from existing systemiii. Create a recovery disk from factory.I thought 3rd one will be best and went with it. Next thing I saw that t required 3 DVDs. I went on with it. But to my surprise it was done with 2 dvds. (however information was that it required 3 dvds) ..This is everything all right? do i have the recovery disc ready?3. Next i called up the store guy, he said first i need to create an image and keep it within the hard drive. and then  burn that image to dvd ( first option                             ) - i did this. i got an image in ... Read more

Answer:One Key Recovery - Partition and back up - confused

Hi, You're lucky if you only have 2 partitions - isn't there a nice tiny one of 0,2 Gigabytes also? What I can tell you is that I spent a lot of time as well trying to mend the soft/partitioning and to get rid of bloatware! In short: I did a clean reinstall + recovered my OEM activation + partitioned the HDD as I wanted. Now it looks and reacts familiar (I used XP as well, before).BEWARE: trying partitions managers as Easeus or Paragon has blocked my partitions - they seem to be "coded" somehow.Do not hesitate: after you backup activation erase totally HDD (I used killdisc) and all shall be gone and you start fresh. Get a Win 7 serching for "digitalriver" Get ABW for activation restoring Get drivers from Lenovo support, install only what you need by function not all of them! Send a PM if you need more details. Regards from Romania! Enjoy!  

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I have just used the system recovery cd and on resetting my system to the factory setting, but unfortunately the system recovery partition drive on the system was deleted.

How will I re-install the system recovery partition drive?

Answer:Re: How can I get back the System recovery partition?


Do you mean the second Vista partition which contains the system backup files?

This partition is hidden and usually after the OS installation from the Toshiba recovery disk this partition should be created again.

I?m 100% sure because I?ve recovered my notebook many times using the Toshiba Vista recovery DVD and the hidden partition was created every time.

Best regards

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Hello All and I hope everyone is suffering from a Tryptophan overdose today (Tryptophan makes you tired and is in all turkeys) and are as laid back as me....with all of this lackadaisical time on my hands it got me to thinking about my Daughters Y510. She did the usual drop test and it failed and in doing so her hard drive went for a dump but I was able to slave it to my desk top and snagged her files before it finally locking me out for good. Here's the problem....when they replaced the Hard Drive they of course only re-installed Vista Home Premium but now it has no hidden partition that held the copy of Vista and Recovery Programs and she never made one before it needed a new hard drive. So what happens if it needs to have Vista re-installed again for any reason,lol? Is it possible for Lenovo to replace this partition via a download provided I give them all the particulars or is it possible for the place (Tiger Direct) to make me a copy of what ever corporate issued disc that they use to re-install. It has been validated so maybe it should be Microsoft that I should be dealing with.   Any idea's on which way I should go on this issue would make me a happy  very laid back Dude. Thanks for everyone's time and trouble's.Tiggerer

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I recently bought a Tecra A4 laptop.
Everything was fine until i decided to install windows Vista on it.
It became too slow.
I would like to reinstall the XP that came with it.

There is a HDD recovery partition here but as im not a very experienced user i don't know how to proceed.
I read the users guide about the HDD recovery utility but pressing the 0 button on startup didn't help.

Any help would extremely aprecciated.

Answer:Re: Tecra A4 - How to use recovery partition to get the XP back


Wait a moment?. What recovery partition on the HDD do you mean exactly?
As far as I know the Vista has formatted the whole HDD and created two partitions; one for the system (C partition) and the second partition for system restore is hidden (not visible).

I assume you will have to restore the XP OS from the delivered Toshiba recovery CD if you want to install the XP again.
In my opinion this is the easies and fastest way to get the XP back on the notebook ;)

Best regards

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Hello: I sure hope someone out there in the Vista Forum has tried or done this with success. I just got my first laptop running Vista Home Premium 64 bit system. I have installed Norton Ghost 14.0 on it and the installation went great and can create backups. BUT! To restore a backup I have to create a Recovery Disk. I have created many on my desktops running 32bit systems. When I try to make one on the Notebook it says can not create RD because can not use 32bit drivers on a 64bit system and goes on to say I can manually add them and a box pops up with a ADD button and a BROWSE. While I have no idea were to look for them. I chatted with Symantec Support and they told me to run a Validation Driver Test and it will show me what missing drivers I need to make the RD work. It shows 3, 02Micro Integrated MMC/SD controller ,02Micro Interated MS/MSPRO/xD controller and WAN Miniport (SSTP) . I tried a Google search and it said Driver Guide has them so I signed up and after searching there driver base with no luck. So I have no idea were or how to fine these drivers. I am hoping maybe someone has had luck with the Norton Ghost 14.0 RD and would love to hear from you and how you make it work. Thank You. Donnor.

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I have a Windows 10 desktop. (OEM Dell.) I also have a Patriot 30GB Flash drive with some MS Office Files, Photos, and Bookmarks on it. Just basic stuff.

If I use my Flash Drive to create a System Recovery Disk in Windows 10, will I lose all the other files on it no matter what? Meaning that I would either have to purchase a second Flash Drive or use a DVD/CD-R option instead?


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Hello everyone!!I Purchased Thinkpad Edge E420-1141-DUQ few days ago. I used the Recovery system in it, to restore my system to factory setting and it really works great!!!!I've made Disks for Recovery as advised(it took 4 DVDs), after making the DVDs i come to know that i can only create one set of the same. So my question are-1. whether next time i'll be able restore to the factory settings as earlier without DVDs or i've to use DVDs for the same (I've not recovered the drive space even after making recovery DVDs. ) 2. what if i lose the DVDs. Can i Create new DVDs/USB drive by any method?? 3. if i lose DVDs and i change my hard drive.. how would i recover??? is there any option?? as lenovo don't provide any disks.??? the product cost inculde the windows 7 cost. how would i'll install windows then..?? 4. how to keep this lenovo drive heathy and error free, Is there any whay i can hide it or protect it as many times kids use this laptop, it may be deleted accidently...  I know this are silly queris but i would appreciate any help...Thanks !!     

Answer:Can I recover from the hard disk partion after making the recovery DVDs

Hello, I was wondering the same thing for my e520, and came to these conclusions: -In short, yes I think you can recover from HDD after making DVDs. Like  you, I kept the partion (did not Recover Drive Space) and it is still possible for me to start the recovery process during booting. I only checked up to the point where it says 'If you press Yes, your system will be restored...' etc, because my system was fine and I didn't actually want to restore it. - You can hide partitions from showing up in Windows explorer, to protect it from getting messed with a little. This is what I did, method number 3 of the link below. This involves making changes to the registry, so back up the registry if you're not really sure about what you're doing! It involves adding a new value in the registry, for drive/partition Q it is decimal 65536 (click decimal when adding - it is described in the link). Remove the value to unhide the drive. The partition is still accessable from e.g. the command prompt and the recovery process during booting (as I described above) still works, it just doesn't show in Win explorer. Hope this helps a bit.    

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I have a normal stock dell desktop with windows 7.

I borrowed my grandmothers laptop. It is an Acer Aspire 5736Z-4790 w/ an Intel Processor. Last night after trying to install some files to make some cheat programs I use for an online game (I have loaded same programs 10x on other computers so I doubt its related to the programs themselves) One thing I did do was try to delete a winhttp.dll file in system32 or the WOW one(for 64bit computers? Forget the folders name) and replace it with another one(Directions for the cheats said to make sure that winhttp.dll was in sys32) and while trying to do that windows would not let me so I read somewere that there is a program that lets you "take ownership of a file" so you can override permissions. I then took ownership of sys32 and maybe the 64bit folder as well. It still did not let me replace any files in sys32 so I then restarted and when windows opened again, desktop loaded then an error message came up, then it restarted itself, and repeated, but after the second time it restarted itself windows would not load. After the Acer manufacture screen, just the blank black screen with the blinking line.

I have tried everything, cant seem to figure out how to even get it to open in safe mode. Only thing I can think of would be to use the restore disk which I dont have. Is there a way to legally make a restore disk on another PC to be used on the broken laptop? And does anyone have any ideas as to what could be wrong from th... Read more

Answer:Making a recovery disk for another computer? & File Ownership of Sys32

Can you get to the command prompt by using the F8 key at bootup and then choosing command prompt?
If so then download the winhttp.dll from the site below and the using DOS commands copy the file directly to the folder and choose the switch to overwrite. If that does not work and you could try any Windows 7 disk and try to recover from there, worst case you may have to use Acers restore partition to reload all the software, but reloading all the software will delete everything on the drive and reinstall Windows just like it came from Acer.


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Guys im using dell inspiron 7000 series lap. It comes with windows 8 pre installed. Few days back i formatted C drive and installed windows 10. I cant able to activiate. So i decided to revert back. There is a 12gb recovery partition available. I cant able to see that in the recovery setting. But in disk management its showing. Pls kindly help me to revert back to windows 8.

Answer:How to use recovery partition to revert back to windows 8

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Guys im using dell inspiron 7000 series lap. It comes with windows 8 pre installed. Few days back i formatted C drive and installed windows 10. I cant able to activiate. So i decided to revert back. There is a 12gb recovery partition available. I cant able to see that in the recovery setting. But in disk management its showing. Pls kindly help me to revert back to windows 8. Check on official site wich key you must press during pc bootup, for opening the service menu. There you'll find the Restore tool.
But you can revert directly inside Windows 10 -> Start -> Settings -> Restore -> Previous Windows
But is very strange you cannot activarte. You can use every genuine Windows key you got, even a Xp key

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Toshiba Satellite L850 laptop. PSKDGA-02Y012. The original HDD failed in workmates same laptop so we replaced both HDD after creating a recovery usb stick. Then used that to restore the OS to original OOB status.
That worked fine and laptop is running great but now I want to PUT back the Recovery partition (now only on the usb stick i think) to the new HDD.

Simple to shrink the HDD C: (partition 2) on the HDD but then how to transfer twhats on the usb stick (recovery usb stick) back onto the HDD?

Thanks for any help.


Answer:Satellite L850 - How to put BACK a recovery partition on to HDD?

Hello Minsik

When you buy new notebook you will get it with preinstalled operating system (recovery image). Original recovery image is saved on HDD on recovery partition.
Every notebook owner has option to make recovery image back-up and create recovery media. It could be DVD or USB media. You can do it using preinstalled Toshiba recovery media creator tool.
This tool will create bootable recovery media that can be used for original recovery image installation if there is problem with HDD recovery image installation or when HDD is defective and must be replaced.

In case that HDD is defective and must be replaced or notebook owner want to upgrade HDD you can install original recovery image using created recovery media (USB). After recovery image installation you will have the same situation as on first start after notebook purchase. With other words notebook will have factory settings again.

In this case original recovery image is already copied on new HDD and you will also be able to start HDD recovery installation. So there is no reason to copy recovery media onto HDD.
Please note: HDD recovery installation will work with factory settings only.

If you have more questions please feel free to ask.

Good luck.

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Hi, I did stupid thing. I changed revovery partition to R:\ then I realized that recovery does not work anymore. I changed it back to original letter D:\ but still it does not work. Is there any possibility how to make it work again? One idea: When I look in Disk Managment status of Recovery disc is Healthy but missing Boot indication. Maybe when I make D:\ disc bootable again it could work, but I do not know how. Thank you everybody in advanceMichal Bokr

Answer:Recovery partition letter changed to R: and then back to D:

Hi @mickmag, Welcome to the HP Forum! This is a wonderful location to converse with  the community, get assistance and find tips. For you to have a rewarding experience, I would like to include the following link for your perusal and reference. First Time Here? Learn How to Post and More Usually, the recovery partition is protected and does not allow you to change the drive letter.  If you did not create your recovery media before changing the drive letter, please contact HP Support to obtain a recovery kit. Please contact HP support at Contact HP Support. To express appreciation for my post please click the ?Thumbs Up Icon?.  If my post resolves the issue you are experiencing, please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find what worked for you! 

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i wiped my t61p to install korean windows and now i want it back to factory status. I tried to do it from R&R but i wont work and i think b/c i dont have the hidden partition. I've got no recovery cd or windows cd on me rite now....I really want it back to fresh factory status. need help thanks.

Answer:i deleted the recovery(hidden) partition and want it back..

Welcome to the forum! You'll need to obtain a set of recovery disks to be able to re-create the hidden partition.

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I have an external hard drive and i attempted to install XP on it, using my Notebook. Before, my Notebook Recognized my Partition as the D drive and the External hard drive as the F. I booted the XP disk, and all seemed well, until I realized my computer flipped my drives, and so I installed XP on the partition space and left the external hard drive untouched. No biggie. Vista still ran fine.
The Problem:
Few weeks later i cant update anything, (i.e. windows update, windows defender, norton, ad-aware etc.) but yet my internet browsing abilities were unaffected. I ran a google search and took a few steps to fix this but nothing (registry edit - HKEY editing, and services.msc editing, and some cmd commands) but nothing worked. Since my HP was still under warranty i contacted an HP rep, we did a few things, and he told me i was missing some system files and so i needed my recovery partition to fix this. I explained to him what happened, so he told me i was going to have to purchase the DVDs from HP and that i could not use a vista disk i had, since it was made for all vista models, and that i needed a manufactures recovery disk. I dont want to purchase the DVDs. Is there anything i can do to fix this, or somewhere i can get the DVD image(legally obcourse) to the HP Vista Disk.

P.S. When I attempt to run a windows update i get error Code 80244019

Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: Deleted HP Recovery Partition, Need it back

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hello guys .... i want to discuss with u something ... i had this tool calld "MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition"...nd using that i partitoned my 4 gb memory card.. bt nw nly i gt is 3 gb memory nd rest is waste ... how should i gt that memory back on my disk ?
some pics r there to gt u an idea abt this ...
plz help

Answer:how should i get my disk partition back by any method....

Heres a link to tutorial by the mini-tool people on how to do that. Hope it helps .

How to perform lost partition recovery and deleted partition recovery under Windows? Partition Recovery Help.

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I have bought a new Satellite U400 notebook with Vista Home preinstaled on it.
I went throught initial configuration and after it has been done I realised that HDD partitions do not suits my needs.

So I resised the "Vista" partition (acctually I have shrinked it) and made the "Data" partition bigger.
I did not do anything with hidden partition.

Unfortunately when I did this procedure I formated the "Data" partition.
Now when I want to make backup DVD with TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator I got the error message saying that it is not possible because I have formated the "Data" partition.

Are there any suggestion how to solve this error?
The system goes fine, the only thing is that I am not able to backup and restore OS.

Thanks Vecerka

Answer:Satellite U400 - How to get back formatted partition with HDD Recovery

This was not good buddy?. If you have deleted the recovery HDD partition, then you would be not able to restore it!!!

Now you need a new Recovery DVD!
You could order it using this Toshiba page:


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The way my recovery partition works on my netbook is when it was first used (I didnt not use it first) is it creates an image of the system when all the system has been setup then when ever I have to use the recovery it used that image to just overwirte and replace everything.

I have access to the partition where the Recovery is stored and I have my Recovery Disk but as its a netbook I have no Drive, I can copy the disk files onto my Pen drive (if my pen drive is big enough)

I want to know if there is anyway I can change it so I can use the recovery and do it from scratch like when it was first turned on (first use) because there are setting there and other items that I want to change. If I could do it by editing the files in the partition that would be easier but I can try and use the disk if needs be?


Answer:Recovery Partition/Disk

does it not restore the disk to factory specs?

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System i386 O/S XP Prof. SP3.

I am running a USB2 external HD [FUJITSU 80 GB MHV2080AH Hard drive]. The hard drive has disappeared from the 'My Computer' Listing, at times it appears as a Generic 'Local Drive (M) ' with no other attributes of Total Size, Free Space, etc. I cannot access the data.

Hard disk utilities such as OGT Diagnostic tool, Test Disk, FileRecovery do not seem capable of accessing the disk, perhaps because it is and external USB HD, I don't know?

Any suggestion or recommended tools would be welcomed, as I couldn't find anything in the Sys Resource Kit (SysinternalsSuite) either.


RE: Disk partition recovery

Answer:Disk partition recovery

Some recovery programs specify...that the hard drive to be recovered from...must be directly connected to the fact, most that I have played with do so.

I would simply remove the hard drive from the enclosure...and attach it directly to the motherboard.


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The way my recovery partition works on my netbook is when it was first used (I didnt not use it first) is it creates an image of the system when all the system has been setup then when ever I have to use the recovery it used that image to just overwirte and replace everything.

I have access to the partition where the Recovery is stored and I have my Recovery Disk but as its a netbook I have no Drive, I can copy the disk files onto my Pen drive (if my pen drive is big enough)

I want to know if there is anyway I can change it so I can use the recovery and do it from scratch like when it was first turned on (first use) because there are setting there and other items that I want to change. If I could do it by editing the files in the partition that would be easier but I can try and use the disk if needs be?


Answer:Recovery Partition/Disk


Originally Posted by iTouch


The way my recovery partition works on my netbook is when it was first used (I didnt not use it first) is it creates an image of the system when all the system has been setup then when ever I have to use the recovery it used that image to just overwirte and replace everything.

I have access to the partition where the Recovery is stored and I have my Recovery Disk but as its a netbook I have no Drive, I can copy the disk files onto my Pen drive (if my pen drive is big enough)

I want to know if there is anyway I can change it so I can use the recovery and do it from scratch like when it was first turned on (first use) because there are setting there and other items that I want to change. If I could do it by editing the files in the partition that would be easier but I can try and use the disk if needs be? Thanks.

If you want to re-install the OS and set your computer to it's Original Factory Settings, depending on what Laptop you have there should be a special key that you press to enter the Recovery. Then you will need to format your Drive and continue the process which will then install the OS that your computer came with. More information on the Laptop would be useful.

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I have a Compaq machine with HP software. My machine is running slow (it has a 2.5 rating) and four files come up missing when it boots. I would like to reinstall VISTA (or preferably XP if I can get a copy). I got the computer from a friend who does not remember what disks, if any, came with it. I have SP1 installed but I do not have a recovery disk or an original installation disk. How would I know if there was a installation or recovery disk? Would I likely get anywhere asking Compaq or HP for help? Any other suggestions?

Answer:OEM Recovery Disk or Partition?

Hope this helps

"If you're like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop. And if you're like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers. Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don't give you a real Windows Vista installation disc with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what they call a "recovery disc" (that's if you're lucky - otherwise you'll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that. It doesn't matter that you just paid a thousand dollars for a machine that comes with a valid Windows Vista license - your computer manufacturer just don't want to spend the money (or perhaps take on the responsibility) of giving you a Windows Vista installation DVD to accompany your expensive purchase.
The problem is, with Windows Vista, the installation media serves more than one purpose. It's not just a way to get Windows installed, it's also the only way of recovering a borked installation. The Windows Vista DVD has a "recovery center" that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.
Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpos... Read more

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Hi all

Just a query
My GF turned on her laptop Satellite C660 series and it would not boot up, we tried to initiate the recovery sequence from the recovery partition but kept getting the error that was on boot up (the error was telling us a USB device had been unplugged).

As you probably guessed she never made the back-up discs when prompted, all I could think of was using a win 7 disc and reload that way then try and make the recovery discs after (I didn't activate)
so win 7 was installed nicely and all drivers sourced that was all last week.
Now for the crunch , the recovery partition is there can I now make the recovery discs and install from those , the win 7 I installed will soon require activation
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite C660 - recovery partition is there but can I make back up discs?

After own OS installation you cannot create recovery disc anymore and you can not install recovery image using HDD recovery option (F8 at start-up).

Best thing you can do now is to order original disc from Toshiba and use it for recovery image installation. It is definitely easiest way to have ?factory settings? again.
You can order it on

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i have done a complete back up on an external hard drive. Would this give me everything back if the computer crashed or do i need to make a recovery disk- is that different? Lost everything on another computer due to someone pressing one of the f buttons and dont want to have to pay for a complete computer rebuild again.

Answer:recovery or back up disk?

You will need a recovery disk aswell.

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I own a LENOVO IDEAPAD V460, 59 - 044185. It has recovery partition at the end of the disk. Mistakenly I've converted the disk to a dynamic disk. Now, what I learnt is the only way to convert a dynamic disk to a basic one is to delete all the partitions on th disk & recreate the partitions. There are a couple of other workarounds, too - one is using a third party software & another is from Microsoft provided any dynamic disk specific feature has not been used. I've only one physical disk in the system, As booting from dynamic disks is still not permitted, my laptop is unbootbale now. Is there any workaround from LENOVO, so that I can retain the recovery partition & still covert it to a basic disk?

Answer:Recovery partition & Dynamic disk

you can delete the dynamic disc but one key recovery will stop working.
if you have recovery disc, use them or contact lenovo support line and ship your laptop back to service to re-format your whole hard disc.
( lenovo may charge you )

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Have a 64 bit HP Pavilion Home Premium desktop that has become corrupted and we'd like to get it back to factory settings.

I can use F11 to access System Recovery, and the first step is formatting the hard drive. It stays on that screen for at least 15 minutes with the completion pct never moving off 0%. It eventually errors with a 1002 msg, saying I should contact HP for support. Right!!!

If I use a Vista 64 CD (not from HP - an iso image I downloaded and burnt using another computer), I'm on the green and blue Vista screen (after I press any key to boot from CD, and after it finishes loading Windows) for just over 8 minutes (I actually timed it - twice) with no writing or images on the screen - just a cursor, before it gives me a BSOD
STOP: 0x01

Answer:Cannot Reinstall from Recovery Partition or Disk

That error is related to either bad memory or problematic drivers. Considering that it happened with a installation disk I'm inclined to think memory I suggest that you test it with memtest: Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Run it for at least 3 passes.

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I'm working on cloning XP onto a new HDD. My current HDD has a partition set aside for recovery. Can I image the recovery partition to my new drive and then reinstall windows from that partition?

Answer:Disk Image Recovery Partition?

I'd have to depends.Some OEMs have a process called tattooing...whereby a hard drive transfer is not so easily accomplished.Google Links, Hard Drive TattooIf that is not a consideration...using the appropriate software to clone the hard drive...results in an identical copy of the content.Louis

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I've been fighting some sort of issue with booting. Dell 8700XPS, Win7 Pro, 32GB SSD cache.
On power up (from system powered off) it does not recognize the hard drive (accelerated to use SSD). It only lists the SSD, and fails to boot, saying improper media. If I power cycle and hit cntl I before that error, it does not list the HD (only SSD), then hit escape, then it recognizes the HD and SSD as the boot process continues. Then it seems ok. Once up and running, a reboot sees both the HD and SSD during boot. So the problem only appears after a power down, not a reboot.
I went to the Dell Backup and Recovery program, and it reports the Factory Recovery Partition is missing or corrupt. I thought I had made a recovery CD (win7 pro), but of course can't find it. The only disks shipped with the unit were Win8.1, which I never upgraded to due to software I use doesn't run on Win8.
I'm hoping the Recovery Partition problem is why it's not seeing the HD on power-up, but may be just wishful thinking. 
Thoughts on how to get that recovery partition problem resolved? I assume it is on the SSD.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to fix recovery partition error without disk?

If the system came with Win 8.1 it was probably configured as UEFI.  The recovery image would be for 8.1 and links to it were probably overwritten by your downgrade.
The SSD and HDD run in a Raid configuration during acceleration.  If it is still in that configuration, you will not be able to see the SSD in Disk Management.
If it only happens during boot from power down there may be a driver situation not being loaded correctly.
You also may need to reset the acceleration using the Intel panel in the hidden icons on the taskbar.
But are you wanting to do anything other than get your system working again?  Are you looking to upgrade to Win 10?

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urm this will be a weird one...

I have a new tosh laptop brought for me through the DSA scheme in the UK (i'm currently a student) and well the supplying company have removed the Toshiba install of windows and given me their custom one including setting i do not like - i would like to return this to a blank copy of windows or the tosh copy of windows but i don't have access to either currently it would seem.

I have downloaded a copy from burn it to disk but i get the error "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. if you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now." I have tried using all the drivers the ''support'' company had installed (into a partition/folder and told me about), but none work - have also tried changing the ACHI to IDE mode in the BIOS and that didn't help so changed it back. i have looked in tosh support but the drivers don't appear in the list.

I also have an automated win 7 32bit enterprise install on a USB from the days of working in corporate IT and studying for (70-680) this doesn't give me the error and allows me to install windows. (onto another partition for now). I don't want to use it as i don't own an enterprise licence and do own the OEM license with the laptop so would like to use it.

what do people suggest i do?

Answer:No recovery partition - no disk creator either

>i would like to return this to a blank copy of windows or the tosh copy of windows but i don't have access to either currently it would seem.
I cannot discuss about all details but fact is that you have two options:
-if you want to have ?factory settings? you must order original Toshiba recovery disc on
-you can install own OS version using legal Microsoft installation disc. All necessary drivers, tools and utilities you can find on Toshiba support page -

With original recovery disc you don?t need activation code or licence for activation. It will be activated automatically.
If you make decision to install own version you must activate it using valid licence code. Please note: product key placed at the bottom cannot be used for Windows OS activation.

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I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon which I installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview on. In doing so I formatted the entire hard drive so that I don't have the recovery partition as well. I now want to reinstall the Win 8 Pro OEM which it came with. However I do not have any recovery media / partition. The product key is also not on the device, although I understand it is embedded in the BIOS. Can anyone please advise? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Windows 8 Pro OEM reinstall - No recovery partition / disk

Good day and welcome to the community.
To return to the factory-delivered state, you'll need to contact Support (info below) and request recovery media. There may be an associated cost.
United Kingdom

THINK-branded products
English 03705-500-900 ( local rate) (Standard warranty support)
9:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday

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Good Morning to All, I am using Windows 10 Single language Home edition on Intel i5-4210U CPU @1.70GHz, 2.40GHz, with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard disk. I deleted my recovery disk by mistake. Now I want to create 2 more partitions, one for data and other for REcovery disk. How do I Do it. Also I want to create recovery disk. How do I do it and what should be my partition sizes. Thanks

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I would like to know if there is a way to clear an administrator password on the recovery partition of a disk. This computer was not new and therefore the password must have been set by the original owner. I have tried my system password and the admin default password and nothing lets me in.

Running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and it is an HP Pavilion a1312n computer.

Any help would be appreciated.

Can someone also tell me where I can find out what is contained on the recovery partition?


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Hi i ran out of disk space on my Asus t100 and heard i could get back 8gb by creating a usb recovery file and deleting the 8gb recovery partition. I have created the usb recovery from Windows 8 and couldn't delete the partition, just got help when i right clicked the partition in disk management. Do i used a disk wizard piece of downloaded software to delete the recovery partition and it asked me to restart. After restarting windows asks for a recovery key which i have got from bit locker and i am now stuck in an eternal loop as i don't know what to do. I have got to the automatic repair point but everything i try gets me to restart and go back into the automatic repair screens. What should i do to get Windows to reboot without losing everything. I have backed up my docs and pictures. Any ideas?

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Can I delete / merge the Recovery Partition into the EFI System Partition?

Answer:Disk Management - EFI System and Recovery Partition.

As you upgrade from Windows 7 x64, NO.

But you can clean install.

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I need to know if I can only restore just the windows on my primary partition because I don?t want to format all my HDD.
In my second partition I have all my files saved and I don?t want to erase them.
Can someone please tell if I can do this?

Answer:Can i restore only one partition using the Toshiba recovery disk?

If you have Toshiba Vista recovery DVD then the whole HDD will be formatted and it?s not possible to restore the OS only on one partition.
Therefore you should backup the data always before using this disk

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My laptop is Qosmio F20

After installing my OS using Recovery CD I created more partitions ... now I have 5 partitions.
Now I want to re-install my OS on C: where it's already exist right now but I would like to format partition C: before I use the "expert installation" ..
How can I do that?

Also, If I used the "expert installation" which gives me the ability to choose which partition I like to use. Will it format the partition before the installation or it's will overwritten it?

Thank you some much in advance.

Answer:Qosmio F20 - How to format only C: partition using Recovery disk

On my laptop, my recovery CD has the option to just format C: in the Custom/Expert section, so have another look.
However my Recovery CD may be set up differently.

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Last night I wiped out my ASUS T100 tablet to clean install TH2. But there is a 7GB Recovery partition from Windows 8.1 that I can't get rid off using Diskpart.

Can someone please assist me?

Answer:Delete Protected Recovery Partition (GPT Disk)

What is Disk 2?

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I have a laptop running windows 8.1 that was updated from Windows 7 some time ago with 240gb hard drive. The 'Disk Management' subheading in the 'Computer management' window shows that I have four partitions. The first one does not have a name but under status is labeled as a recovery partition with 20 gb allocated and 0% in use. The second one is a hibernation partition with 8gb and 0% in use. the third is the c drive and the fourth is 'system reserved' with 350mb and 15% used.

It seems to me that the recovery partition with 20 gb allocated is not being used by the system. I would like to do one of the following:

1. Have the computer utilize it for recovery.
2. free up the space and add it to the c drive.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Answer:Disk management - removing the recovery partition

As to 1, I find having a recovery partition on the same drive as the OS is asking for trouble. If the drive fails, your recovery partition goes with it. I prefer having an image backup (using Macrium Reflect) on another local drive, so I can restore my setup in only a few minutes -- if needed. So, yeah, you could reformat all that space into a single partition and use Macrium Reflect (or built-in Windows functions) to store backups in it.

As to 2., you can do that using Disk Management. Simply delete the two partitions, then reboot, then use Disk Management to expand C: to fill the unallocated space. It will probably have to reboot to do that, but it does work OK.

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I have a T61 and had a problem with trying to reinstall the OS (Vista) from the recovery partition. Lenovo was nice enough to send me "Recovery CDs." However, while I was waiting for them, I needed to use my computer so I made a partition and loaded Ubuntu. The problem is that it looks like if I use the Recovery Disks, I will be forced to wipe out the partition that has Ubuntu on it. I spent a lot of time installing Ubuntu and I like some of its features and I don't want to loose it. I would like to set up a duel boot on my machine but I don't know if its possible with out installing Vista and loosing everything that I've done, then partitioning again and reinstalling Linux. Question: Does anyone know if I can save my partition and at the same time recover Vista with the CDs on only the other partition? Any help would be on this would be great. Thanks. Elias

Answer:Recovery Disk reinstall with Ubuntu partition

Did you find a solution to this? I'm contemplating just making a backup image of Ubuntu and restoring that to a new partition.

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Just bought new Refurbished Asus K55A-BBL4 laptop from Newegg, came with Win 7 Home Pre installed. No install disks, no manual just letter telling me to protect customer data entire drive was wiped clean including Recovery partition. Checked disk management it shows all 4 primary partitions used: 200mb (boot), 169gb (C drive), 281gb (D drive), 16.5gb Recovery partition. I tried F9 when booting (nothing) just boots into OS. This setup is completely useless to me.
Called Asus ($50.) for install disk they said call Microsoft, call Microsoft ($99. new disk) they said call Asus, I've already paid for Win 7 once and i'll be damned if I pay for it again. Typical corporation bullshit.
What I want to do is install Win 7 on 1st part, 2nd (shared NTFS part), Ubuntu on logical partitions.

Can anyone tell me how to get Win 7 installed like above example.
The laptop is factory default now I haven't done anything but look.

Answer:Need to make Installation disk of Win 7 recovery partition

So use the install disc you said you already paid for if it`s the correct version and use the Key from the COA.

If not Use this tutorial.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you want it set up like it was from the factory, then you would have to order the factory recovery discs, but why in the world would you want to do that ?

Welcome to the Forums

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When trying to create system back up with OneKey Recovery returns -'Notice current system can not support back up'and'Program can not find service partition.  Function currently unavailable' System Recovery reboots to Windows start screen. Have updated to current version  Have been unable to find similar issue in the 820 messages on forum post 'new disk partitioning and one key recover feature' and other posts as well as Google search. Computer is manufacturer refurbished Z580, Windows 8 I have recently bought.Disk Management shows - recovery partition Capacity 300MB, Free Space 300 MB, EFI partition Capacity 99MB, Free Space 99 MB, NTFS partition Capacity 931GB, Free Space 897.73 GB. On startup I get the following error, not sure if it is relevant.  Maybe related to lenovo sytem agent.Problem signature:  Problem Event Name:    BEX  Application Name:    PluginCommunication.exe  Application Version:  Application Timestamp:    51e5f9b0  Fault Module Name:    clr.dll  Fault Module Version:    4.0.30319.18051  Fault Module Timestamp:    5173c1a1  Exception Offset:    00475b65  Exception Code:    c0000409  Exception Data&colon;    00000002  OS Version:    6.2.9200.  Locale ID: &nbs... Read more

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Hi.I am trying to replace a T440 HDD to a new SSD.I want to copy everything, including the Windows 8.1 recovery partition. The trouble is that I can't figure out how to do it.I did successfully clone the boot partition to the SSD, and Recovery partitions does SEEM to be cloned as well, but when I try to do the factory recovery(just to check if it is working), For some reason the computer does not detect the recovery partition. Has anyone tried upgrading the HDD to an SSD and tried copying the recovery partition to the new disk? How did you do it?

W540(Sold), Helix(Sold), Tablet 2(Sold), Tablet 10, X120e(Sold), X201 Tablet, X41 Tablet(Sold), X41, S30*4, X32*4, 701C*4You could throw around your ThinkPad because it won't break.You can still throw around your ThinkPad because it will break anyway even if you treasure it.

Answer:Has anyone tried copying a T440 Windows 8.1 Recovery Partition to a new disk?

I did, no issues.  Just cloned the whole drive, easy-peasy, even shrank the c: drive partition to fit in the smaller SSD.  Everything came over.

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I have a lenovo ideapad y560 that's fairly new and "clean enough", in my opinion. And I have a couple of problems that I think might be related. Or maybe not, but I'd still like them fixed. 
I installed a couple of games, dirt rally and trials evolution gold edition, and they both crash on startup, with only a notice that the app has stopped working. 
So poking around, uninstalling, checking for drivers updates, reinstalling and such, I got a notice of low disk space on recovery drive. I went to look at it and out of the 30gb assigned to the partition, over 28 were being used by 2 backup sets. 
So I went to look at the Backup and Restore within the control panel. It says that Windows Backup has not been set up, and that Windows couldn't find a backup for this computer.. Which seems odd, since there's 28+gb of backup right there.. 
So, I don't know if I can or want to delete that, could i allocate more space to it? would that stop my games crashing? 
Can anybody help? 
Thanks for reading! 

Answer:Low disk space on recovery partition, and games crash

The recovery partition is not a backup of your current system. The recovery partition is used to reinstall Windows/reset your system to factory default settings. I would not touch any file on it or try to add space to the partition. It is advisable to leave it alone.
Try changing the compatibility setting for the games - Windows  Explorer properties tab; compatibility tab.
Regards. . .

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Hello I have a A300 1M9 system unit.

I need to restore the HDD recovery partition, I had to change the harddrive disk, cause he is dead.

Is there any link where I could download the files? ISO img or other program able to create a new recovery partition on a new disk?

This computer is not under warranty, because he has more than 4 years.

Thank you for all the support you could give me


ps : second question : wich kind of hard drive disk could I buy for that model ? Wich connector, 2 1/2 hdd and sata? Ide? I dont know.

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Answer:Where could I find, live disk or other to restore HDD recovery partition?

Hello, i have an other question, how can i recognise the type of hdd connector in that laptop?

Is it a sata II or sata 3.0 compatible?

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After cloning my old hard disk to a new one which is double in size I ran into a problem. I was using a Acronis cloning tool for Western Digital, but my new hard drive was split in half. One bootable partition(same size as the old one 500GB) and a new
partition labeled Recovery partition which I cant use (also 500GB in size)

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I have an asus laptop with a 5400 rpm 500 GB hard drive. I want to upgrade my storage to a new 2 TB hard disk. All the forums I have looked at regarding transferring the OEM recovery partition suggest that the new hard disk be of the same make and model as the originally supplied version, which obviously defeats the purpose of this operation.
Is it possible to transfer the recovery partition to a hard disk of different make and model, and how do I do it?

Answer:Transferring OEM recovery partition to an upgraded hard disk

With many laptops, there's a function that allows you to burn the recovery partition to DVDs, so that you can rebuild the laptop even if you have a total disk failure. Do you not have such a facility? That would probably be the easiest way.

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I have a gateway laptop and am having trouble recovering the system to factory settings. When I run the recovery disk, I get the message:
Fail to format disk 0 partition 3
I tried running an AVG bootable CD to diagnose the recovery issues, but the laptop does not run the disk and instead gives the error msg:
BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Can anyone help me with this problem -- many thanks in advance.

Answer:Failure to Format Disk 0 Partition 3 on Gateway Recovery

Thanks for the new thread.

So just to be sure you are booting from the recovery discs and not trying to run them in Windows which was the other persons problem?

Does the AVG disc let you see files and folders on the HD? And which version of Windows are you running 32bit or 64bit or give model number of laptop.

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I have an old machine i am giving away and decided to use the free upgrade disk sent to me back in 2007. It installed fine and I got SP1 on it and cleaned it up.

After everything was done I noticed the E-Machines recovery partition was wiped. Is this because I now have the Vista upgrade disk with the # on that for the COA? Not the sticker on the machine.....I had to activate it with the # on the upgrade disk. I can't figure out why it would wipe the recovery partition with the factory XP image on it. Will this disk work if the next owner needs to do an install? Guess so..

Have you heard of this happening with OEM upgrade disks? Thanks.

Answer:Free upgrade disk deleted OEM recovery partition

Lol you can answer my question from my other post...If put backup files in my backup partition, and re-install vista on my current partition will it delete those files in the backup partition?

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I've upgraded my X220 with an 80GB mSATA SSD, and initialized the mSATA SSD from Recovery Media, which leaves me with Recovery Partitions on both the SSD (new boot/system drive) and the hard disk (now data drive). Is there a way to point the blue ThinkVantage button to the Recovery Partition on the hard disk so I can free the space occupied by the Recovery Partition on the SSD without losing its functionality? Thanks!

Hope that helps,JohnThinkPad T420s [ i7-2640M | 16GB | 1TB SSD | 1600x900 | 802.11n | BT | Cam | FR | Win8.1Pro64 ]


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Answer:Boot from mSATA SSD with Recovery Partition on hard disk

I would be very interested to see the answer to this as well.

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Hi, Thsi regarding the Query For Lenovo Z580 Laptop. I got this Laptop with Windows Operating System and Single 450 GB partition. I want to create Extra Partion on this but Onkey should be worked after this. Please Guide on this. Thanking you....  

Answer:z 580 Aftre Disk Partition Can Onkey Recovery will Work???

Welcome To Lenovo Community
You may please first create a set of recovery media using One Key recovery.
Here's a thread where we were experimenting with resizing partitions and deleting them.  I made a full backup with OKR on an external hard drive and made the recovery discs.  I deleted D: and resized C: and installed Linux.  I was able to restore the system using the recovery discs.  The discs resized the partitions and put everything back the way it was from the factory. Then, I restored from my backup and everything was back the way it was when I started.
 Make sure that the discs that you made will boot okay.
Hope This Helps
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Hi all I need some urgent help, hopefully i can get some advice.

I accidentally used the cmd prompt and clean and created partition primary wrongly on the wrong disk. Can i know is there any way to recover the data inside? please help... this is what i did below...
Please advise me how do i get back my data and also label it as d drive.

I have downloaded active file recovery and i am currently running super scan on it.


DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.


Answer:Help! Disk clean and create partition primary recovery

Hope that Jumanji can step in here and help you.

I would NOT try to recover the files as a first choice.

I would think in terms of recovering the partition--rather than the files.

The best single tool is probably Partition Wizard. It would try to recover the partition, and if successful, your files may be intact.

Don't do anything that writes to the disc.

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Hi there,

I have a Satellite C660D-17E laptop and want to format my hard drive, delete the recovery partition and recover the preinstalled Windows 7 and other software. I don't want to keep any of my own data, that's all backed up already, I just want to be sure I can safely restore the preinstalled stuff. I have a few questions I need help to clear up before I go ahead.

Am I right in thinking the dvd recovery disks I made when I first got my laptop will have all the software and drivers I need on it, the same as the recovery partition would? If I make another spare set now just to be safe will they only have the out of the box default stuff: OS, software and drivers on and none of my data?

I found [this post|] which explains the recovery process. If I select "Erase the hard disk" (so I can erase my hdd and remove the recovery partition too) what happens after that? Will it restore the OS and software from the dvd backup disk? Will the process after this recreate a recovery partition (which I don't want)?

Added sidenote:
I actually would prefer to be able to choose which preinstalled programs get installed after I format, but I'm guessing that's probably not possible and will have to settle for installing everything and removing what I don't want after. Or is there a way?

Sorry I know that was a long post, but I want to be sure of what will happen BEFORE I go and mess things up! :) If you... Read more

Answer:Format HDD, delete recovery partition then recover with disk


I will try to offer some help. ;)
> Am I right in thinking the dvd recovery disks I made when I first got my laptop will have all the software and drivers I need on it, the same as the recovery partition would?
Yes. Recovery image saved on recovery discs contains operating system, all necessary drivers, Toshiba specific tools and utilities and some additional software.
> If I make another spare set now just to be safe will they only have the out of the box default stuff: OS, software and drivers on and none of my data?
Preinstalled ?Toshiba recovery creator? make recovery disc that includes recovery image only. It has nothing to do with your personal data.
> I found this post which explains the recovery process. If I select "Erase the hard disk" (so I can erase my hdd and remove the recovery partition too) what happens after that?
After that you must use created recovery discs for recovery image installation.
> Will the process after this recreate a recovery partition (which I don't want)?
When you use recovery discs for recovery image installation your notebook will have ?factory settings? that include recovery image saved on HDD. To be honest I don't understand why you don't want to have this recovery image on HDD. This allows you to make recovery installation using HDD recovery option. But of course you can delete it later to get more free space on your HDD. For recovery image installation you can always use created recovery DVD discs. ... Read more

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Hello i need a recovery disk/partition for my lenovo ideapad y500the os language is multi S weeden, norway, denmmark, finlandthe 57/58 extra code: 59371575  i want to buy it from a person who has this becuase if i buy a cd from lenovo which costs 37? then i wont be able to use it because i got 2 gpu and no disk drive so i wont be able to do it either if you want more infomation or maybe want to sell/give me then please post .   

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On my computer i am dual booting Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Could i get rid of Vista then later could i use the recoevery disc to recover vista?

P.S i know it wipes the whole hdd

Answer:Satelite Pro L300 - Can I use recovery disk to get Vista back?


If you have created successfully the Recovery disk using the Toshiba Recovery disk creator then you?ve got the Recovery disk which contains the Toshiba image.
The image is a package which contains the OS (Vista), drivers and all the stuff which was preinstalled on the notebook.
This means that if you would use the recovery disk then you would get everything like at the first day of purchase?

Simply said: Yes, you can get Vista back using the Recovery disk ;)

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Does one key recovery only back up the system data or does it make a diskimage.Also does it use compression?If it doesn' its there another Lenovo progam that make a disk image.I ask because it made a 20 gb image a 68 gb disk on my yoga 900 andI am not sure what I am backing up? Also the technical help site will not detect my system even after downloadingthe lenovo link app.I can't get through to technical support today.  

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My back-up disk space is 6.99GB. When I run back-up, I get a message that the back-up did not complete due to insufficient disk space. How can I increase the space allowed for back-up?

Answer:Solved: Insufficient disk space for back-up/recovery.

Cleanup System Restore

System Restore is a part of Windows that you can use to restore your computer to a previous state if a problem occurs. System Restore monitors changes to the system and creates restore points automatically. Once your system has been running stable for a while, you can delete all restore points except the last one in order to recover disk space.
To do this, Start Disk cleanup which can be found by navigating the following; Start Menu > Programs > Accessories> System Tools > Disk Cleanup. Once the calculation has finished, go to the &#8220;more options&#8221; tab. In the system restore section, Press the &#8220;Clean-up&#8221; button, then ok to continue.

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Hi, Couple of months ago, I have managed to install fedora 18 on my son's Y400 laptop (model December 2012) and enable UEFI dual boot, with secure options. Before the installation, I have created an USB recovery stick as per the instructions from  Microsoft. Couple of days ago, I tried to make a fresh install of fedora 20 over the existing partitions and messed it up. To make things worse, in an attempt to recover, I have managed to delete Windows Recovery Environment partition from HDD. At the moment the laptop is unbootable. The thing is is that I don't have the proper USB recovery stick anymore, but the images of it (both in ISO and .img extensions) stored on another box. I am trying to recreate USB recovery stick from the image stored on another box. My questions are: 1) Would that be possible at all?2) Does anyone know specifics about the partition table layout of the USB stick on which the recovery image should be written? Does it have to have GPT Partition Table written on? Mind, I am formatting it under Systemrescue Linux, since I don't have windows 8 handy (but formatting it under windows 7 would be easy for me).3) Does anyone know which filesystem the USB stick should be formatted before writing the image on it?4) In the case I try to recover the deleted partition by testdisk, which files I should particularly look for? What's the name of the backup file which will enable lenovo recovery tool to do the job? Many thanks in advance

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I installed the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 update and now the laptop will not load.
I have a partitioned hard drive and will have to use the product restore disk.

I have a lot of photos and things on the second part of the hard drive.
I want to know if I use the restore disk will it delete the imformaton on the second hard drive or just the first?

Thank you

Answer:Equium A100-027: Does recovery disk delete data from second partition?


The Recovery disk will format the whole HDD and will also erase all the partitions created on the HDD!
This means that you will lose your pictures and all the data stored on the HDD.

Therefore you should backup the data before using the recovery disk!


PS: Its not needed to create more postings about the same theme ;)

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I bought a new laptop and it has Windows 7 Home Premium on it. It comes with a 320 GB HDD and it has a hidden recovery disk on that hard drive. I am pretty happy with the idea of it but when it comes to the partition then I have some questions.

1 - ] I want to do partition on my 320 GB Hard Drive and create C Drive 160 GB and D Drive 160 GB.

2 - ] I do NOT want to loose hidden recovery part on this 320 GB Hard Drive while I am doing this.So I can save my computer with it if I need it later on.

Is there any way to do that ?

Thank you for your help...

Best Regards

Answer:Solved: How to make partition without losing Recovery part of the disk ?

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Hi All, Please tell me a way out. I have a Lenovo Y 500 series laptop and after about 2 years (not under warranty now) the Hard-disk crashes. How do i get the softwares and recovery partition back whcih had come pre-installed at the time i bought it. Please tell me if there's a way i can get it without much cost. Thanks in advance. 

Answer:Hard disk Crashed. How to get the recovery partition and other softwares that had come pre-installed

Only Lenovo has the resources to configure your hard drive with the recovery partition and the preinstalled OS. You will have to contact Lenovo phone support and ask about this service, and unfortunately it is not a free service.

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The hard disk in my Z570 is failing and needs replacing. I've backed up my data, although not any full partitions. How can I back up the system restore partition, to install Windows on a new Hard disk? Can I use a partition tool to clone the recovery partition to another drive, then clone it back on to the new one? Will the recovery key work?

Answer:Z570 - replacement hard disk - transfer recovery partition...

Welcome To Lenovo Community
We are really sorry to hear about the issue you are facing,
Lenovo G570 come with one key recover function. That function helps you to back up your computer or re-install the operation system by hitting the one key recover button.
You can create a set of recovery media using the One Key recovery , which can be used  to reimage a new hard disk as in your case
Please refer the thread below for details
Do give this a try and let us know  
Hope This Helps

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 hey tech guys...  i have a T410i with windows its only a Hard disk partition...for my compatibility i need to make another partition that works in its factory recovery ??   ur replies appreciated.....thank u guys... sheriff

Answer:can i make hard disk partition through windows 7 recovery of T410i

hey getsheriff,yes it can be done. I would recommend making a backup of your system first.

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I would like to make use of the "Lenovo Recovery" partition on my hard disk for storage; it is about 10gb and now not needed. However the Win7 OS does not seem to want to allow me to delete the contents or reformat it.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can do this? BackgroundI  have two drives, one for boot and apps (solid state) and the second regular HDD just for data. I took a hard disk from my old Thinkpad T520 (which died) and put it into a drive bay adaptor in a new T520 system.  All works fine.  As the second hard disk is now just there for data and the main (solid state drive) has a new Lenovo recover partition, I do not need to keep the old Lenovo recovery partition on the second drive and would like to make use of the storage capacity.

Answer:Make use of the "Lenovo Recovery" partition on my hard disk for storage?

Double-click on the partition in My Computer, and you should get the option to Recover Drive Space... but before you zap the recovery partition, make sure you have a backup image of the disk, or have made or obtained a recovery disk set.
Hope this helps!

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