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

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

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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.
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My niece asked me to re-install her Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop, because the windows installation is rather buggy. She didn't have a recovery disk. Using Toshiba's Recovery Disk Creator I tried creating a recovery disk.

However, the program wouldn't start. Checking the directory of the program, it would seem that the program simply isn't there. Afterwards, I checked the data partition of the laptop.

There was a map with HDD recovery. However when using Windows' advanced boot (F8 before Windows startup) there was no choice of repairing the notebook. They only choices were the standard windows options (Save mode, normal start, etc.).

In short, it seems impossible to re-install the notebook with the current information at hand.
What would be the next course of action? Is it possible to order a recovery CD from Toshiba?

Another niece has the same notebook, would it be possible to use that notebook to create a recovery disk?

I'll appreciate and look forward to your reactions.

Answer:Recovery disk Creator & data partition won't work - Satellite L300


It looks like something has been changed on the HDD?
However, fact is you?ve no Recovery disk and you cannot use HDD recovery option.

This means you need to order a new Recovery disk from Toshiba.

You can do this here:

PS: one tip? if you would use a search option of this forum, you would find the right answer too ;)

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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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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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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 ?
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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?
Edited subject to match post.

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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i tried to burn a Factory Recovery DVD using Onekey Recovery tool. i chose Create Recovery disk, selected Factory Default recovery disk and got to the burning options. The disks were successfully burnt. I tried to burn one more set for safety but I get the following error message. The program cannot find the service partition. This function is currently unavailable. Is there any solution for the problem?


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Answer:Y550 Lenovo recovery hidden partition visible and One Key recovery doesnt work

restart your computer and try again or copying the disks using nero may help.there are ways to activate hidden partition but not suggested.

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Hi!  First of all - sorry for my english. I have problem with my Lenovo G570. I make a backup DVD with system by OKR (4DVD). Then by accident i DELETED my recovery partition. When i try to boot from these DVD i get error: "The program cannot restore the system partition because its structure is incorrect ,you may have to recreate the partition to continue". My partitions looks like this: C: New installation of Windows 7 enterprise trialD: Lenovo (default partition with drivers and backup)Hidden empty partition where recovery was. What should i do now?

Answer:Lenovo G570 - I delete my recovery partition, recovery DVD doesn't work.

@meliegree,Did you make a Factory Restore disc in OKR or did you just do the backup only?If its backup only, you might need to contact Lenovo support to get a factory restore disc instead in order to get the partition fixed.

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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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My T61's Rescue and Recovery software in WinXP can't recognise/use the Vista's ServiseV002 partition to go back to factory settings.  I tried both in the pre-boot program and the Rescue and Recovery  in windows Xp, but both of them can't get to the hidden partition to go back to factory settings. I didnt make a rescue CD before formatting the C drive. I think the hidden partition is enough for me to get a clean Vista when I want at that time but I am wrong.  Hope someone can get me an answer, thank you! BTW i am in a educational system, I can get Vista Ultimate for 7 bucks, so if I can't get the Vista from the hidden drive, I can just bought one from school. It's not the end of the world!!!

Answer:T61:Rescue and Recovery in Winxp can't recognise/use the Vista's hidden recovery partition

anyone can help?

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Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download &#x2014; The NeoSmart Files

This is the link everyone gives me to fix my pc. I carried out all the instructions, burned the file onto a blank dvd and everything. When I boot from the DVD, Vista Installation pops up...why is this?

Answer:Windows Vista Recovery disk doesn't work..

Did you download the right bit rate for the disk?

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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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HP has a D:/ partition with the RECOVERY data in for reinstalling windows and reverting back to original factory settings. Before using the recovery I had saved my music and pictures folders into the drive D where the recovery is because I thought it would still be there after recovery. However, after recovery and reinstallation of windows vista the drive D does not show the music and pictures folder I had saved into it. Even so, I can tell that the folders are there because I attempted to create a folder with the name "music" or "pitures" it tells me there is already a folder with the same names on this drive. Also, the drive D shows increased used space. How can I retrieve my folders or at least delete them from the recovery drive? Thank you.

Answer:Solved: HP Vista Recovery Partition help

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Have a neighbor who has an HP Pavilion dv4 running Win 7. The warranty is only 1 yr. and, of course, the HDD went belly up at <2 years. HP sent him recovery disks for both Win 7 (64-bit) and the recovery driver disk. The Windows recovery disks appear to work fine; took over 1.5 hours to put the system back, but when he puts the driver disk in (and I tried this, too), the head sounds like it's repeatedly searching for something, can't find it, so after 2-3 minutes, just stops. I then told it to "skip" the driver disk and restart. It restarted Windows, went thru a series of things that looked like the installation was progressing OK, but at the end, got a window saying it failed.

Anybody have any idea why the recovery isn't working?

Answer:Solved: Recovery driver disk does not work

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Hello everbody, a reluctant famliy computer fixer here,
so here's the story-
we have a Gateway GM 5474 desktop computer that had the hard drive fail,
here are the computer specs that I started out with:

ProcessorAMD Athlon™64 X2 6000+, 64-bit dual core processor

Operates at 3.0 GHz
2 x 1024 KB L2 cache
2000 MHz system bus
Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE
MemoryInstalled: 2048 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB DIMMs)

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive

Optical Drive: DVD ±RW, 16X super multi-format dual layer drive

Write max: 16X DVD±R, 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R DL, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

DirectX® 10 and Blu-ray™ / HD DVD™ capable
One DVI-I port with HDCP
One HDMI port
One S-Video port (includes DVI-VGA Dongle)
AudioIntegrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition AudioNetwork SupportIntegrated MARVELL 88E8056 10/100 Ethernet

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

1TB maximum storage capacity
Serial ATA interface
Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
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Answer:Solved: hard disk replcemnt reloading vista mc from recovery disk

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I Have a HP Presario CQ60 212EM Laptop running Vista Home Basic in a 25gb partition C on a 150gb hard drive. There is also a HP Recovery drive D that is 10gb. I have 115gb of unallocated space.

I have set up my C drive exactly as I want it and it is running perfectly complete with the latest versions of my programs and updates.

Now seems like the perfect opportunity to make a sector by sector copy of it which leads me to my question:

If I create another partition slightly bigger than C: Is it possible to copy all the contents of C: over to the new partition and then over-write C: drive (the system drive) with this backup copy, if and when necessary, from the partition I've created? Do I have to have an external hard drive to do this?

My initial experiments have ended in failure because the software I have used can't write the complete backup copy back to a drive containing the OS ... I suppose because C: is in use when I'm attempting this.

What do I need to do, make or acquire to make it work if it's possible?

If it won't work can I do it from DVD or USB stick?

Answer:Solved: Creating a Recovery Partition On The Same Drive As Vista

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I would like to first thank all members of this forum who help people solve their problems.

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 Windows 7 Home Premium 64. the Hard drive (HD) came partitioned, and I was running out of space, so I purchased a new HD.
I made a recovery Disk using a 32GB SD card ( clever Huh!) since the computer has an SD card slot, and no optical drive. Also since the recovery required more space than a single DVD could provide. For your info, The Recovery media is in a partition named Q: in the HD.

After Installing the new HD in the laptop, I find that I cant get the system to look at the SD card. I tried using a USB SD card reader, but it does not work. ( I was not as clever as I thought!!!)

So I re installed the old drive, and attempted to make a new recovery disk(s) on DVDs, but the Lenovo system gives me an error stating "Only one copy of this media " can be made.

So now I have a recovery disk in SD format that I cant access, and I can not create a new one. IS there any way to get the SD recovery media to work? Help!!
HERE is the system information with the original HD: I uninstalled most programs and data. because partition C: was full.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8079 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -248 Mb
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Answer:Solved: Recovery disk on SD card. How to make it work.

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My sister's laptop is pretty much ruined by a virus and win 7 needs re-installing. She lost her recovery disks, but I have mine from my laptop. Will this work? Her's is dell and mine is a compaq. The specs are basically the same.

And is there a built in sustem recovery? I tried system restore and it failed, I believe, due to the virus.

Answer:Solved: Will a system recovery disk from another laptop work on another one?

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Hi everyone, I know this must sound like a real stupid title, but please bear with me for a moment: Having wiped my R50p clean with the "Access IBM" button, I noticed that I only had a C drive with 20 GB of which much was in use. In Windows XP Disk Manager I saw that there was a whopping 55 GB on a hidden partition that I only had the option of to "remove", not to activate or anything else. Realising that this was the hidden partition with the IBM restore files, I was hesitant to take any action. After doing some research on several forums I found that the recovery part should only take up 20 GB, which corresponded somewhat to the fact that Disk Manager showed 42 GB of 55 GB to be "free" (if only I could use the free space!). In order to access those magnificent 42 free GBs on the 55 GB hidden partition, I first created a ThinkVantage recovery disc (strangely it was only one CD-R) and disabled IBM Predesktop Area in the BIOS. As a result, I proceeded with deleting the 55 GB partition and it became unallocated space, therefore allowing me to make it a new partition and assign a drive letter (in this case D), doing a "quick format (NTFS)" in order to be able to use the space available, and finally giving me the full 55 GB. Since I had preferred to leave the recovery files on the hidden partition, but had no idea how to access the useful other 42 GBs, I followed the abovementioned procedure. Now my question is whether it's possible to recreate another hidden parti... Read more

Answer:?? Restore Recovery Partition with Recovery Disc after deleting Recovery Partition

pvanedan, welcome to the forum, after reading your post several times I think I understand your situation as it is now. The answer is as follows; which you may not like sorry  You have successfully deleted the recovery partition in order to gain more space, that's the good news  The cd you have created is only a boot cd and not a recovery cd, this would be used to boot your ThinkPad and access a recovery backup which is stored on another hard drive, cd/dvds or over network. It alone is not able to recreate the recovery partition which you no longer have, that's the bad news  I would suggest backing up your files regularly and using an appropriate imaging software to backup your installation. Edit: What I don't understand is; why 55GB? The partition should have been around 4GB, maybe it was full of backups??Message Edited by andyP on 07-03-2008 07:30 PM

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Microsoft has decided to offer a free vista recovery disc that can be downloaded through bit torrent and burned as an iso file to a dvd. With my internet speed this is not practical. Does anyone know if Microsoft is willing to provide the dvd for a handling charge. I got windows service pack 3 this way . Anyone out there know how to proceed?

Answer:Solved: vista recovery disk Buy it?

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I need help useing a vista recovery disk. I am intending to move my hard drive as I found a way to do it but I need the system to recover after I have done it. Currently when I move the hard drive I get a blue screen that says that there is an error. It asks me to restart the computer when I do I get the same thing agin. I think that I should be able to resolve this problem if I was able to make the system recover its self but only if I was able to keep all of the files on the HD that are on there now. Other wise it is not worth doing it. I am fairly new to the moving of hard ware and so broken down instructions of how to use the disk to make the system recover whould be apreciated. Also if it cant be done I whould apreciate a explanation of why it is not (this helps me understand why it is not working)


Answer:Solved: Useing a vista recovery disk

Move it to where? If it is another machine, you probably won't get Vista to work and it will have to be reinstalled. Vista is sensitive to hardware changes, anyway, and will de-activate. But it already has the drivers installed for the original board.

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There is no application or .exe setup file in the XP disc I have. Autoplay does not have any relevant options when I insert the disc. My CD-ROM group is set to boot with priority over the HDD, and I am given the option to boot the recovery disc at startup, but when I press 'R' to continue like it says, it launches an HP system recovery to recover vista, like I don't even need the disc.

I've already followed countless online guides and forum advice. A lot of the information I've been reading deals with the BIOS setup screen and changing some crap on that, but I usually run into some instruction that doesn't match up with my BIOS options. I have a partition setup and ready to go, but at no point during any recovery setup I'm able to get into do I get any kind of option to install anything on the partition, and XP is not mentioned anywhere.

I've also tried downloading another ISO XP setup disk, and it did have an executable file in it, but at the install menu the "Install Windows XP" option was transparent so I couldn't click it. I was also not able to make my virtual drive startup before Vista. I no longer have the ISO file now, because I've already gone ahead with the stupid HP recovery thing in hopes that I would eventually get an option for my partition.

I'm running Vista Home Edition on a brand new desktop PC. Here's my other related thread about disabling DEP, one of the major instigators of this entire problem: Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't Boot XP recovery disk in Vista

you cannot use a xp recovery disk if your system is setup for vista
you will have to buy a retail xp disk to install xp
we offer no support for illegally d/loaded xp or any other illeagal d/loads

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I'm using Lenovo G460, running on Windows 7. Recently my computer has been running pretty slowly so I decided to do a system restore with OneKey recovery 7. I selected the default backup option. However, the backup was stuck at 18% and then a popup told me that there was an error. I couldn't start Windows from there on. I need advices desperately I would appreciate any help. Fyi, I had back up discs(3parts) too, which I tried after the disaster happened but when the system does not recognize my back up discs.  What should I do now? Any options other than bringing my laptop to a repair shop?

Answer:Recovery disc not working, default recovery in OneKey Recovery does not work too

Hi helpmeleh,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
Can we first check if the disc will load,
   Here's how.
      Make sure that the First DVD is in the computer,
       Turn OFF the computer, Turn it Back on and start tapping F12 to pull up the Boot selection Menu.
       Try selecting the CD/DVD and press Enter.
        See if this will let you load the CD and load the recovery.
If it will not push either,
A recovery CD from Lenovo Support center may help but before going with that option, You might want to have the HDD checked, Because the HDD slow read .write and a Recovery from OKR that gives an error is a symptom of an HDD failure.
If the computer still loads the old OS you can download a Lenovo Storage Test
or If the computer cannot currently load an OS you might want to bring the HDD to a local Technician to have it checked.
If the HDD is proven Defective then it needs replacement,
If the HDD is still OK then you can call Lenovo technical Team and ask how to obtain Lenovo CD. Fees may apply
Solid Cruver

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Hello to Lenovo support(and community)! My laptop: Lenovo G560 (I have noticed some variable specification) I have bought G560 and it came with around 500GB hard disk;partition C: 420-430GB which is for application software, operating system, and user documents.partition D: 30GB for OneKey system reocvery and needed files, perhaps for factory restore.and two more partitions but they are invisible and only found them by running disk management. Now the problem is that I have my files(documents), app software and operating system on the same partition and I want to have only the operating system on C and have app and documents on another partition OR have a new 200-300GB(taken from C) for backups partition.**I know it is not recommended to have backups on the same hard disk, but this is a temporary solution. How can I shrink C to have unallocated space and use it to create a new partition(or more) without corrupting the D OneKey Recovery partition?   Thanks for supporting your customers!!!  

Answer:OneKey System, Recovery partition, need repartition. Will it corrupt recovery partition?

Hello OLL98, welcome to Lenovo forums!
You can´t use Onekey Recovery anymore if you change the partitions.
So please create your recovery media before, messing up with the partitions. My 2 cents.

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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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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

does it not restore the disk to factory specs?

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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


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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? 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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Hello . I am facing various problems to create a system recovery partition. First I downloaded the windows aik because I am using a windows 7 home premium.
Usually created the flash boot drive that works as expected. I used the imagex to create the image of the partition where my system with the following command line :

imagex /capture D: E:\install.wim "My Windows 7 HomePremium Custom" /compress fast /flags "HOMEPREMIUM"

The image is then created and is there in the partition E.
After the partition E: I create the Recovery folder and within the same folder I create WindowsRE.
From here is that the real problem happens. When I typed REAgentC / disable and desmarquei the folder and search options on windows 7 to op??p to hide protected folders and system files and show hidden files and folder went to the folder C:\Windows\System32\Recovery did not find the file winre .wim, went to the folder C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Recovery.
and also did not find the winre.wim file. I do not have the installation DVD as it is a purchased product and the manufacturer does not provide the installation DVD , but a recovery partition that is in HD and a utility that creates two DVD's to install the factory system . But I'm willing to create a recovery partition with my programs and with windows already upgraded but I have no way to go because I have not winre.wim file and the winre.wim file that is on the manufacturer's partition does not work with my image created by ima... Read more

Answer:Recovery partition does not work

It's much easier to do a System image backup and safer to not have it on the same HD so that it would die too if the HD does.

You can use Win7's built in backup imaging here: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

or if you want more flexibility about where you can restore it then use a good free alternative like the one we recommend most here Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi My Lenovo laptop has a recovery partition (so did my previous one), I know it can be used to restore the system, what exactly does it do though? Does it restore the system to factory settings? If so does it also restore the preloaded programs like Cyberlink PowerDVD and a load of others? Thanks 


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Answer:How does the recovery partition work?

You are correct in thinking that the partition holds the recovery information and files neccessary to restore your computer to factory settings.  The "image" stored in that partition holds the Windows OS license, the bundled software that came pre-installed with your computer and can restore your computed back to "as new" from the factory if needed.
DO NOT remove, modify or change the partitions in your computer!  Doing so will remove the ablity to use the recovery partition, and its software, and require purchasing a factory recovery set to bring it back.

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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'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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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 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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Is there a way to boot directly off of D:(recovery partition) so i can restore my gateway laptop to factory settings? Right now I get a "BOOTMGR is missing" error message. The C: drive is completely gone, but like i said, the recovery partition is intact.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I tried hitting f11 at startup to bring up gateways recovery menu, but again nothing. I have the windows vista recovery environment disc also if that helps.

Answer:Formatted Windows Vista partition, but i still have the Recovery partition on D:

There are files on c: used by the recovery partition on d:

Boot with your Vista recovery DVD and reinstall Vista.

Regards. . .



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Hi,I have a brand new Acer Aspire E1-572G.It has 1TB HDD and with no partitions. So I want to create partitions as I wish, but before that, I would like to know if the recovery option will work if I alter the default HDD structure. Before I have failed with restoring after creating partitions with some other brands. I hope somebody may have faced the same issue and solved and may be able to help me. Thanks in advanceAkhin

Answer:Will recovery partition work after partitioning th...

if you want to use Acer DVD/USB media to recovery, you need to have a blank HDD, so no partitions.

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Gateway M-6881
Anybody have any ideas...

a. The FACTORY recovery DVDs (2) that I have will not boot. Usually they just run until a window pops up to insert a blank CD, but you can do that forever--and it just cycles through repeatedly. A couple of times it did proceed to a second window indicating the restore was proceeding, but the bar did not advance, and after a minute or so, it too failed (sorry, don't remember the exact indications).

b. Trying to start recovery using the hidden partition... does not work either.
When you use Programs>Gateway>Gateway Recovery Management>Restore tab and command simply proceeds to a shutdown and reboots right back into Vista. Second way-- the manufacturer enter-recovery-during-boot process (Left Alt-F10 while "Gateway" is onsceen, also simply proceeds to boot thru into Vista.

Some things I have determined:
-A different bootable DVD will boot the machine, so DVD drive is working--at least READ.
-ASIDE: Using the internal utility at Programs>Gateway>Gateway Recovery Management to try to burn either a full recovery set (2 DVDs) or a "Drivers and Applications" set both fail--do not do it.
-File folder structure on the two factory recovery DVDs can be viewed
-chkdsk C: /r has been run and found a few seemingly insignificant things, which were 'fixed'
-The F8 menu does NOT contain "Repair your computer' entry.

Quite frustrated to have three ways to do it and none works.

Answer:Neither recovery partition nor disks work

Repair computer option is on a retail disc not the F8 menu

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I brought T61 which as 160 GB HDD, I am planning to do Partition, by using Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0. After doing partition, I want to clean up my system and install OS by using Recovery(which is in my laptop).Can I do like that.So that I can keep OS and other imp install files in C: Drive and other stuff in D: and E:.

Answer:After Partition, is still Recovery Boot will work?

Hello,I would suggest a small change in the order of how you execute your plan:  After you receive your T60, go ahead and boot from the hard disk drive, create a Recovery Media kit and use the resulting CDs or DVDs to reload the operating system.  After you have verified these are working, use Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 to resize the disk volumes (partitions) on the hard disk drive.  If it works successfully, everything is good and no further actions are required.  If it does not work, you will still be able to reload the operating system from the Recovery Media. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky

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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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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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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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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
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 thin... Read more

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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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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 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.


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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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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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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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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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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 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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I want to reinstall windows 7 and F9 is not working.

Answer:How do access recovery partition on ASUS when F9 does not work?

I'm not familiar with Asus and the F9 key, but F8 will get you to Windows Safe Mode, where you can access the troubleshooting tools (and recovery) - will that help?

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Hi all, recently I decided to reformat my laptop and found that the rescue and recovery process that came with the laptop doesn't seem to work and when I called technical support, they said it would cost money to send me the recovery CDs.  I am wondering, before I pay, if this is common practice?  Thanks for your time,  

Answer:Rescue and Recovery Partition doesn't work

I don'tr know what is "normal" but charging for the media seems like an extremely poor choice on the part of Lenovo AND in my opinion it should always be sent out with a new computer.  That is what I had experienced in the many years that I bought Dell laptops - just recently bought my first ThinkPad (W510) and am in general quite pleased with it. I just had an entirely different issue with Lenovo (they gave me inaccurate and misleading information about th build and then based on my purchase decision on that).  As part of my negotiation with them for fairness and to keep me as a relatively satisfied customer one of the things that I got was the recovery media at no charge - I am in USA. Since you voluntarily chose to reformat your computer it perhaps a slightly different situation, but unless you did something "wrong" the recovery partition "shaould have" worked for you as part of that process.  Unfortunately, as I understand from this forum and elsewhere the partition does not always work and that is why most recommend burning your own media or to have it from the mfg.  It is more than an annoyance that Lenovo and others no longer spend the few dollars in their cost to provide this, and I would recommend politely complaining especially if you can point to documented cases where your model has failed and a different person tried to use the recovery partition and the latter did not work. Seemingly you are without your machine; have relied on... Read more

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I have a Dell desktop PC (Optiplex GX280).
It has a recovery partition, which I occasionally use to take the PC settings back to what they were like when I first bought it.
But there is a problem. The interior DVD drive on this PC has stopped working. If I replace it, would the recovery partition still work 100 per cent, or would it stall because of the new piece of hardware?
If the new drive stops the recovery partition from re-vamping my PC, I will not install it, because I can't run the risk of making the recovery partition useless.
Could someone please tell me if a new DVD drive (or any other new piece of hardware) would stop the recovery partition from working? Thanks!

Answer:Does recovery partition work after hardware change?

A new DVD drive should not affect the recovery partition. As I understand you, this DVD drive is uninvolved in the recovery operation, which is done purely from the hard drive.


1: recovery partitions are not foolproof regardless.

2: you may be able to make "recovery discs" that accomplish the same task as the recovery partition--but they aren't foolproof either.

3: i'd seriously consider some other means of recovery, such as imaging.

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Hello everyone. I have an Alienware m17x R2 and I'm trying to restore it to factory settings.

Here is my problem:Upon reboot into "System Recovery Options" (F8), "Alienware Respawn" is not listed under "Command Prompt

More importantly, here is some important background information: (Things I have already done)Downloaded and executed "DSLCheck.exe" to ensure Alienware Respawn would work.
Downloaded and executed "Alienware Respawn Premium" from within Windows 7 X64
Selected "Restore Entire System" (Alienware Respawn said this: "Your computer will be restored to the way it was on 1/13/2013 10:37AM (Factory Image)"
Clicked "Restart" to start the restoration process
Selected my keyboard, logged into my account, and now we see my problem above.
Side note: When I enter Disk Management within Windows 7, I see three partitions, a 39MB unnamed partition (The partition that Windows reserves when it installs, I imagine), a 12.15GB partition labeled "RECOVERY", and my main partition. So, this is to clear up the idea that I deleted my partition, as I did not; I can see it within Windows 7.

Any help with this strange issue would be much appreciated. I am knowledgeable with Windows 7 and computers in general, so if you have a solution that involves a technical procedure, please post it, as I will be able to (Most likely) understand your recommendation.


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Answer:Alienware Respawn does not work even with recovery partition

Quote: Originally Posted by Caziban

Hello everyone. I have an Alienware m17x R2 and I'm trying to restore it to factory settings.

Here is my problem:Upon reboot into "System Recovery Options" (F8), "Alienware Respawn" is not listed under "Command Prompt

More importantly, here is some important background information: (Things I have already done)Downloaded and executed "DSLCheck.exe" to ensure Alienware Respawn would work.
Downloaded and executed "Alienware Respawn Premium" from within Windows 7 X64
Selected "Restore Entire System" (Alienware Respawn said this: "Your computer will be restored to the way it was on 1/13/2013 10:37AM (Factory Image)"
Clicked "Restart" to start the restoration process
Selected my keyboard, logged into my account, and now we see my problem above.
Side note: When I enter Disk Management within Windows 7, I see three partitions, a 39MB unnamed partition (The partition that Windows reserves when it installs, I imagine), a 12.15GB partition labeled "RECOVERY", and my main partition. So, this is to clear up the idea that I deleted my partition, as I did not; I can see it within Windows 7.

Any help with this strange issue would be much appreciated. I am knowledgeable with Windows 7 and computers in general, so if you have a solution that involves a technical procedure, please post it, as I will be able to (Most likely) underst... Read more

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HelloI did a clean install Win10 using Media Cration Tool. I used the option with .iso on DVD. Install was successful. But if I try use recovery partition Alt+F10 to back factory Windows 10. There is no option "Reset PC". Ther is only "advanced option" and thats all. I see that "recover partition" with other is stiil on HDD. I didn't do anything with partition on HDD. Except format old partition "C" to install Win10.How restore recover factory  partition? 

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Alrighty. I've tried just about everything to fix this. I have a Thinkpad T530 with Win7 64bit. I had Ubuntu installed side by side and everything was great. I removed Ubuntu and tried to do a system restore off the recovery partition, but it does not work. Being the genius that I am, I did not make recovery disks prior to installing Ubuntu. I can't make recovery media now because it says it can't find the recovery partition, but it's there. If I boot from a system repair disk and select factory restore from the menu, it fails right when it looks like it might work. I've done the bootrec.exe /fixmbr..., tried making active partition the C: instead of system_drv, the list goes on. I've scoured this forum and tried most everything. I even spent the $$ and bought what I thought was a factory restore disk, but turned out to be just win7. Oh, and the best part is that I'm getting a warning saying my copy of windows is not genuine. This comes after I updated the BIOS via Lenovo's site. It's super awesome...said no one ever.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


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Answer:No Access to Recovery Partition- 1keyrecovery and R&R don't work

So you got Windows 7 re-installed using the recovery disk?Have you tried entering the product key from under the battery?

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Hello good fellas.
After I partitioned my Lenovo partition (recovery partition), I was not able to use OneKey Recovery anymore, so after a deep search, including Lenovo forums, I did not find a solution to get it to work again.
Losing the hope I was not to going  be able to fix it, I find a solution, and because it did work so well,I'm here to share with the comunity, since I'm not the only with that problem, so there it goes.
All CREDITS go to Youtuber Nije Nego Link for the VIDEO
First of all create a bootable USB\CD using Gparted (is explained how to HERE)
1. Boot you computer by USB or CD
2. Select the first option
3. Find in the disk identifier for the recovery partition -- eg /dev/sda4 (it may vary)4. Open up the Gparted terminal by right click on desktop than terminal -- lxterminal with root permision5. Type fdisk /dev/sda (there is a SPACE between fdisk and /)6. Type M for help if you want7. Type P to print the partition table -- again check you get the same number as above and the size aswell8. Type T , then 4 for the partition number (REPLACE with the number of your partition if needed)9. If you want, type L to list codes10. The code you want is 12, enter 12 and then type W to write11. Do not use the GUI from this point -- if you do, it will remove the code 1212. Exit gparted and try the OKR button. It should work.
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I have a problem with restoring (reseting) my OS to factory image using Recovery partition. The problem is not that uncommon, yet I've tried a gadzillion things and none seem to work (or I've been doing them wrong). And I was hoping you guys could have a look and point me toward a resolution.

The computer is an Asus X553M laptop, which came with W8.1 wBing pre-installed and two visible partitions (C - os, D - data). There was also a 100MB System partition, 900MB Restore partition (the one I am now booting to, I suspect, more on that later), 128MB Reserved partition, and 20GB Recovery one (the one with system image). It worked fine for some time, then I upgraded it to W10, then worked fine some more, but problems started popping up, so I decided to start anew with a fresh system install. I wanted to try if W7 would work, I popped the CD in, formatted C and D. Wanting only one working partition, I deleted C and D (only!, I left all the remaining partitions, including Recovery) and made a single partition in their place. However, it turned out, the disk is GPT and W7 wouldn't install out of box, so I thought no biggie, I will restore the 8.1.

I booted to Troubleshooting (I think it is called), clicked Reset PC and 'A required drive partition is missing'. I thought I could get around it by extracting the key and installing Win8.1 from Microsoft's ISO, but it turns out Win8.1 != Win8.1 wBing (the key didn't work. Oh, well). So, now I have to somehow get the Reset PC work... Read more

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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?

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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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'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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I have a Windows7(Home Premium) pre-installed Sony Vaio Nw20SF/S laptop in which i tried to create Recovery disks(2 DVD's)... using Vaio Recovery disk Software(Inbuit). It stopped(or hanged donno) in the middle while creating the 2nd DVD then that was cancelled, but a new partition with no FileSystem is created for about 9.3 GB when i look in the Computer Management tool present.

Now, i have two questions to ask...

1) Does Sony Vaio models with Windows 7 comes with Hidden Recovery Disk Partition(D:... something like that or not)???
2) What to do or how to make use of the 9.3GB partition present???

Please Help.
Thanks a lot in Advance...

Answer:Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...

Help please.....

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As the topic says; after installation of a fresh copy from the original disc win7, my second partition "D" has been renamed itself to the Recovery Partition. You can see it only in the application "Disk Management". I do not have access into it at all. When I click the right mouse button ?help? option appears only . There are very important files to me.
I tried to use EASEUS Partition Master but I'm afraid of losing data.
Please help.

Answer:[SOLVED] After win7 install, 2nd partition has renamed itself to Recovery Partition

Have you taken the install disc out ? Sounds dumb but the d: partition is generally a reserved partition and indicates your CD-ROM drive, to me it looks like your install disc, the file system is UDF which is universal disc format, you have two recovery partitions on top. Remove the disk, reboot. Then choose a different letter other than D for your recovery partition.. Best to start with z

The fact that the file encryption is UDF, you will not have the ability to modify it, its not NTFS, FAT or FAT32.

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Hello, I just migrated my X240 OS (Win8.1) from HDD to SSD, and swapped the HDD with SSD. Everything went smooth, so instead of the 500GB HDD I now had a 500GB SSD. However, I thought it might be best to start 'fresh'and do a reset to factory settings. On the SSD (a clone of the HDD) I see all partions, including the Recovery partition. However, if I attempt to reset to factory settings, I get the message that Windows could not find the Recovery environment. I did make a recovery USB flash drive, but it doesn't help at all. Also, booting from the recovery USB drive does not work -the screen remains black when I try to boot from it. So, even though I still have the recovery partition and though I have a recovery USB, I don't seem to be able to do a clean install. Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong or how I can do the reset? If my recovery partition/USB flash drive fail, can I get a Win8.1 DVD/download from Lenovo perhaps? After all, I have a legitimate Win8 version and I think I took all reasonable precautions by creating a recovery USB flash drive... Any help is appreciated. Many thanks! 

Answer:Cannot reset X240 to factory settings with Recovery partition / USB Recovery drive

Following up on my post, I finally managed to do a clean install/reset to factory settings using my "old" HDD drive (the original drive from which I cloned to SSD) in an external casing via USB. So apparently the Recovery partition on the HDD was functional.However, I'm still not able to make a functional Recovery USB flash drive. I already made 1 in the past, and I just re-did this, but when I try to boot from the recovery flash drive, I just get a black screen and nothing happens. I noticed during creation of the Recovery flash drive, that I cannot select the option to copy the contents of the Recovery Partion to the flash drive. That's why the size is so small I guess: only a few hundred MB whereas the flash drive is 32GB in size. I presume this is the reason I cannot use/boot from the Recovery USB flash drive. Does anyone know why I can't create a proper USB Recovery flash drive?  All help is appreciated!  

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I bought lenovo thinkpad X230 in January 2013. I made a recovery USB on a 16 GB pendrive. I bought a windows 8 pro upgrade offer as well. But i did not install it at that time and kept it for future use.  About a week ago I installed windwos 8 on my system in dual boot mode making a partition on primary HDD.everything went ok with only problem that my windows 8 did not activate. I was ok with that. But when i tried F11 recovery function, it was not working. So i tried factory reset through recovery USB i created earlier. It opened up and said BOOTMGR missing. Later with some research I realized that i didnt make USB active (bootable) before burning it.(Though this is ridiculous considering, tools provided must have done that. Like when you make windows bootable.) With all this(and me panicking), I tried backing up my data with image i created through R & R tool. After back up, I lost my recovery partition on HDD. And I guess i accidentally deleted System_DRV partition as well.  Though my computer is running fine. I need a bootable media. it would be great if you can provide it. Also if you can restore my comp to factory setting with recovery partition, it would be great.Please help me. Thanks in advance.


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Answer:Thinkpad X230- No recovery partition, lost System_DRV and have no recovery media

Hi, You can make bootable media (CD, USB stick or USB HDD) for using with your Factory Recovery Data USB stick.Just launch Lenovo Factory Recovery Disks app from Control Panel, deselect Data media creation, select needed Boot media type. Note you'll need less then 300 mb free space on media.

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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a Dell Windows RT tablet from someone. It had the problem of not starting anymore. I managed to get my hands on a Windows RT 8.0 Recovery USB Image for this type of tablet. I used a Imaging tool to install this image on a USB drive.
I booted with this and I could access the Advanced recovery options. I started the Command Prompt and launched Diskpart. I saw all of the partitions where gone. So I used Diskpart to re-install all of the partitions using the Microsoft standard.
It looks like this:

convert gpt
create partition primary size=450
set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter=T
create partition efi size=200
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
assign letter=S
create partition msr size=128
create partition primary
shrink minimum=4200
gpt attributes=0x0000000000000000
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter=W
create partition primary
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
assign letter=R

All went well. After recreating the partitions, I used DISM to deploy the *.wim image on the USB drive to the Windows partition and installed the bootloader afterwards. The tablet was fixed after this :) I installed Windows RT 8.0 and updated to Windows
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I installed Ubuntu GNU/Linux in my 3000 N100 0768GZQ laptop and deleted the partition in which i had installed Vista using fdisk. However, fdisk also deleted the Lenovo rescue and recovery partition. Not realizing this i created 2 new partitions in the free space. Now I want to install Vista in one of these partitions and I don't have a Lenovo Rescue and Recovery drive or the recovery CDs. Please help me.

Answer:Lost Lenovo Rescue and recovery partition in 3000 N100 0768GZQ have no recovery disks, please help

You can either get a hold of Vista installation disks and install it manually, or call Lenovo support and ask for recovery disks. They may charge you for the disks as you are supposed to create your own recovery disks.

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I cann't reset my pc after windows 10 november update. I got an error massage that the pc couldn't find the recovery environment.

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I'm restoring my R51 to its original state. The recovery partition is on my machine but if I hit the blue Access IBM button I just get to the BIOS set up. Is there a way to make the machine boot direct to the recovery partition or to somehow restore the access IBM key function?

Answer:Recovery partition is there, access IBM button doesn't work

have you tried F11 at poweron

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My laptop is L670-1JN

On my disk C: is installed windows
On my disk D: is installed HDD recovery

With windows seven I want to create on my disk D: a new partion E:
This partition E: will be reserved for my data.
Once partition E: create I want to make a disk image of C: and D:

In case of serious problem :
first I will used first HDD recovery
If it doesn't work I will restore disk image C: and D:

My question is : HDD recovery will work if I create on my disk D: a new partion E: ?

Answer:Satellite L670-1JN - Will HDD recovery work if I part the partition D?


To be honest, I never tested this but I think you should be able to use the HDD recovery even if the D partition has been changed but this is just my opinion.
So before you would change ANYTHING on the HDD, I recommend creating the Recovery disk!
The recovery disk helps you to set the notebook (also the HDD) back to factory settings if something would go wrong with the HDD or similar?

With recovery disk you are on the safety side, you know?
I think you can run some experiments after the Recovery disk has been created.

Please share you experience with us? I?m very interesting?.

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I just bought a new Y400 sometime back. Win 8, OKR 8. 1TB HDD.It had incovenient partition sizes - with a large C-OS, a D: Lenovo and no separate partition for personal files.I like to keep personal files in a separate partition, so I was going to repartition the C drive, when I saw the threads about how OneKey recovery (OKR) will stop working if I did so.So I was searching for answers and I read the long winded procedure for re-installing OKR for those who have already partitioned their HDDs and their OKR stopped working.I also read something about serial numbers of the partitions, in some thread.Here is what I did -DISCLAIMER: Please do it at your own risk, what worked for me, may or may not work for you. I am not responsible if anything goes wrong.Prepare:A) Make a backup of your system using other cloning/imaging tools before you do this.B) Be prepared that OKR backup and recovery will still not work after this, and you might have to take the longer procedure to get OKR functionality back.C) I have just saved the backup image, NOT yet tried to recover from it, so cannot say for sure if that image will work. Saving of recovery image and restoration of that image using Novo button and OneKey Recovery (OKR) both work !!D) Even if it works, I do not know what parts of the system will be restored. What I did -1) I made System Repair Disc using Win's recovery system and also a system image using the same.2) Wrote down the Serial Number of all the partitions in the HDD (I h... Read more

Answer:For NEW system, how to re-partition AND make OKR (OneKey) Recovery work !!

Success.I backed up this repartitioned system using Marcium and then proceeded to restore the earlier saved system image using OKR and Novo button.It recovered the system to the earlier repartitioned state (not the factory state).As expected all the extra software that I had installed at that time, like Firefox etc, were also restored and are working on my system.So I can say that this procedure of using the original serial numbers of the HDD partitions for C and D is very likely to work.I hope those people wanting to keep the OKR working and repartition their new Lenovo systems find this thread useful using their original HDD partition serial numbers.

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Hello.I made ssd drive formatted in yoga.I deleted all the partitions.I used to create partitions 100GB-system 20GB-recoveryI installed windows 8.1 profesional20 gb recovery -. Chcialbym aby dzialal program "OneKey recovery".When I run the system with "One recovery" is a system normally runs.How do I install OneKey Recovery ?    Comunicat:  This   system does not support the backup 

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Umm yea I am normally decent with pcs but recently after I let my friend use it for the weekend there are things wrong such as. Speed Slowed, Some AV software saying 146 infections. I dont know how to explain the problem.

When I first got the pc from my Uncle I used the Recovery partition in the f10 system recovery.

But When I go to use it now it just ignores my pressing. Im kinda getting pissed since no recovery CDs. It is Windows XP Home Edition says on sticker. Is it possible to boot the D:\ drive (The recovery partition) with command prompt. Or am I screwed since it just ignores me pressing f10.

Also if you tell me to restart my pc anymore to try setup and such...It takes like 5-10 mins to load my pc up now. It used to be fine and speedy.

Thx For Any Help

Answer:System Recovery XP Compaq partition (Wont work)

Is there an FLock key on the keyboard?
If so,you may need to hit it first to enable the F keys.

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hello , i bought a Dell computer a couple years ago
that had vista premium installed and i was
able to get a free win7 disk from from dell
because it was right at the time win 7 was
introduced .

anyway the vista recovery partition is still on the drive
and was wanting to know how to revert the computer
back to the way it left factory .

sense i installed 7 it doesn't have the restore option
on boot up it wants to reboot win7 instead of from the
partition that vista is on .

i thought about formatting the c: partition but don't
know if that would bring back restore options from the
other vista partition .

so is vista still able to be reinstalled or is it lost
for good ?

any advice is appreciated .

Answer:win 7 & vista recovery partition

We can give you better advice if you post a screenshot of your expanded disk management layout as it will show what you still have on your hard drive.

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I recently upgraded to Windows 7 via a clean install. I was just wondering if the old Vista recovery partition is still used or needed. It never seemed to deviate from using 6.33GB which has made me wonder if it is still used. Is it safe to delete the contents and use it for documents etc..?

Thanks in advance, Phil.

Answer:Old Vista Recovery Partition

The only thing it could do for you is to restore you to Vista.

If you don't ever want to do that, then the partition has no purpose.

I don't know offhand how easy it will be to delete, but you can try from Windows 7 Disk Management. If the recovery partition shows up on the far left, you will be left with 6 gigs of unallocated space if you delete the partition.

You can then recover that 6 gigs and add it back to your other partitions with third party software.

If the recovery partition is not on the far left in Disk Managment, you should be able to add the unallocated space back to an existing partition without using third party software--probably directly from Disk Management.

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Ive looked all over, so a quick and easy question:

I have an older computer with a Vista OS and Recovery partition, can I put XP Pro on it and keep the Recovery Partition, and actually go back to Vista later?
or is that a stupid question and impossible, since Im a bit surprised that it hasnt been asked before now.

Answer:XP Pro with a Vista Recovery partition

The reecovery partion has nothing to do with the running OS. It basically is the oem disk that use to come with computers.

So yha, you can toss on xp, and when you want to go back to vista, you can boot to the recovery partion and put vista back.

Well, thats my understanding.

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This is a stupid error on my part, but while I was trying to wipe an external HDD and recover all the space, I saw an option to "Convert to Dynamic Disk", so, I clicked it. It gave me the options of Disk 0 and Disk 5 (external was on Disk 5), but I checked the boxes for both drives, not entirely understanding what the effects would be. So, when I tried to create my recovery disks and clicked on recovery partition. Now, I'm not able to create recovery media anymore and am getting a runtime error every time the system tries to run the "recovburncd.exe" file. When I try to open the "Lenovo_Recovery" partition, it comes up as blank. My guess is that files are hidden, but in Explorer, it shows that there are "2.29GB free of  9.76GB". Being that I converted disk 0 from Basic to Dynamic, I'm guessing that's the root cause. Is there any way to revert this? All searches have been without success. Is there any other workaround? Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Answer:T410s Recovery Partition -- revert Dynamic disk to Basic?

You can try a recovery software, but I think you have in trouble.

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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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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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