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Reinstalling Windows 7 starter - how do I create a recovery partition

Question: Reinstalling Windows 7 starter - how do I create a recovery partition

Hello. I'm new. I have an Asus Eee netbook which came with Windows 7 Starter and a recovery partition. However, I decided to sell it and wiped the drive with dban before selling. Unfortunately, I wiped everything, including the recovery partition! So I decided to sell it with Linux on, then decided to keep it after all (sorry - I'll get there eventually!) so sent of for Windows 7 Starter recovery discs from Asus, which I now have.

So - here's the point. When installing from the discs, it doesn't give me the option to create partitions or even a recovery partition. It gives me two options - install to primary drive (which seems to be the whole drive plus a 15mb partition) or to install to the whole drive. So I have installed to the whole drive.

I would like to have the recovery partition back, just in case I decide to sell it again and lose or damage the discs.

I looked at trying to shrink the drive, once installed, to create a separate partition for the Windows software (although still no idea if this would then be a 'recovery' partition. But it would only allow me to shrink it in half and I though 100gb odd was a bit big for a recovery partition and only left 120gb odd storage then.

So - is there anyway I can partition the drive and create a recovery partition now I have installed W7 starter on the whole drive. Or, if not, and I have to start the reinstall again - how do I create a recovery partition at the installation stage please? As both options seemed the same except one had a 15mb partition (which surely isn't big enough for a recovery drive!)

Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Reinstalling Windows 7 starter - how do I create a recovery partition

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Answer: Reinstalling Windows 7 starter - how do I create a recovery partition

Hello and welcome Hazel mate did you doa job or what LOL!!

Seriously take a look at this probably the best option if you have an activation code on the sticker on the bottom of the machine.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi guys, had to have my toshiba netbook NB555D harddrive replaced with a new one. Got no warranty, no recovery media etc. Dont have windows 7 starter iso. What can I do?

Thanks

Answer:Netbook: Recovery Partition removed, need Windows 7 starter iso

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create



Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:
https://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/...rification.jsp

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I've got an SSD drive and obviously storage space is premium. I've got the Lenovo recovery DVDs. Is there any way to reinstall everying and prevent it from installing the recovery partition? Or is it better to delete the partition after Windows installation?

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 with recovery DVDs without installing recovery partition?

you can't prevent the recovery media from reinstalling the recovery partition.

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My computer, Lenovo, gives me the message that it cannot a recovery drive because " a problem occurred while creating the recovery drive." How can I solve this problem?

Answer:Cannot create Recovery Drive for reinstalling Windows 10

I can go through these logs for clues.Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...If we have to run Farbar more than once, refer this SS.http://i.imgur.com/yUxNw0j.gifNote: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) on the Desktop.The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). The logs are large, upload them using Zippy ( No account/registration needed ) or upload to a site of your choosing. Give us the links please.http://www.zippyshare.com/Instructions on how to use ZippyShare.http://i.imgur.com/naG6t2T.gifhttp://i.imgur.com/Vi9ZdIh.gifhttp://i.imgur.com/1IZu5kP.gifmessage edited by Johnw

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Hi, I have a Lenovo U410 with a 32GB SSD and a 750GB HDD that are treated as one drive. The previous owner reformatted the entire drive, which erased the recovery partition. Thus, I can'tmake a recovery disc or USB stick (the recovery partition would have to be intact for that to work anyway) and can't reinstall Windows 8. Can anyone confirm that the recovery media I'd order from Lenovo support would be able to reinstall Windows 8? I'm afraid that they would send me a disc that needs the recovery partition to work. Thank you.

Answer:U410 recovery partition reformatted, need help reinstalling Windows 8

JaneGoodall wrote:Hi, I have a Lenovo U410 with a 32GB SSD and a 750GB HDD that are treated as one drive. The previous owner reformatted the entire drive, which erased the recovery partition. Thus, I can'tmake a recovery disc or USB stick (the recovery partition would have to be intact for that to work anyway) and can't reinstall Windows 8. Can anyone confirm that the recovery media I'd order from Lenovo support would be able to reinstall Windows 8? I'm afraid that they would send me a disc that needs the recovery partition to work. Thank you.You can give them (Lenovo support) a call and ask about it.

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I've successfully created a Windows 7 Recovery partition as follows in the past, but when I try this with the Windows 10 Installation DVD or flash it says permission denied:
Windows 10: Create a System Installation Partition to install Windows (Installation Partition, not image)

1.) Boot From the Windows 10 Installation USB Flash drive and choose cmd from troubleshoot.

2.) Create a 16GB partition at the beginning of the hard drive, then partition the rest of the hard drive as you wish as follows:

Diskpart

select disk # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list disk command.)

Create Primary Size=X (where X is in megabyte hint: 16 GB is exactly 16384MB)

3.) Copy the entire USB Flash drive on to the 16 GB partition and make the partition bootable.

Open the command prompt and type this:

diskpart (note if not already in it)

list disk (note: disk number next to disk)

list volume

select volume # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list volume command.)

list partition

select partition # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list partition command.)

delete partition # (note:where # is the number of the partition in the output of the list partition command.)

select partition # (where # is the partition you want to format on the disk note the number beside partition in the list partition output.)

create partition primary size=16384

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OK what I need to do is complicated. I have been searching for hours and cannot come up with a solution.
I have a computer with Windows 8 Pre-installed. It has a recover partition. I have disabled UEFI in the BIOS until I can finish installing Windows 7. I do not have any blank DVDs or access to a USB drive. What I want to do is delete the files in the Windows 8 recovery partition and put Windows 7 installer there. Then boot from that and replace Windows 8 with Windows 7. I have the drivers already downloaded to go onto the recovery partition. I have been unable to find any resources online to do this. I already Have a Windows 7 ISO ready to go.

Answer:How do I create Windows 7 Recovery Partition

How do I get over 100 views and no responses?

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I finally broke down and bought a modern laptop Asus A55A (K55A) and installed Ubuntu 12.04 in a dual boot situation. With the nefarious secureboot and other such nonsense Windows 8 install met with an untimely demise. However, I have the files left on the recovery partition (copied to my 16gb usb) and need to make an install disk. My only issue is that I can't find a way to do it in Ubuntu as all the tutorials I find assume that Windows is installed. Is there a way to make a bootable Windows 8 install usb or iso from the files on the recovery partition-without using Windows to make it? I would love to re-install Windows 8 and then setup a stale dual boot.

Answer:Create Windows 8 USB from Recovery Partition files

Interesting, I have never tried that.

Can you post a screenie of the recov partition contents that you already copied to usb?

You might be able to make the stick bootable with grub.

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In the old windows 7 pro, the recovery partition is missed

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Notice I said recovery partition on my hard drive-- not a recovery drive (e.g., on a USB flash drive)..
QUESTION:
If you upgraded to Windows 10 after your desktop arrived (with Win 8.1 factory installed), am I correct to assume the recovery partition you create after the Win 10 upgrade will unfortunately be for Windows 8.1? Ugh!!
The recovery partition I created is closer to 200 MB rather than a Windows 10 recovery partition which apparently consumes about 450 MB. (A Win 8.1 recovery partition is apparently about 200 MB.)
Your thoughts?
Footnote:
Assuming my conclusion is correct -- always a scary proposition at my age -- does anyone know of a recovery tool that will create either a Win 10 recovery partition or a Win 10 recovery USB flash drive from a desktop/laptop which has been u[graded to Windows 10 from the factory software install of Windows 8.1?
TIA
Michael T.
Software Engineer (retired)

Answer:Can I create a recovery partition for Windows 10 after I upgraded from Win 8.1?

When you upgrade Windows 8.1 to 10, Windows 10 will create a recovery partition if your system reserved partition (MBR disk) or Recovery Partition doesn't have enough disk space. As you know, Windows can only shrink a partition from the right side, so the 450 MB recovery partition is new created, which should not be deleted if you want to use recovery options. Windows 10 also allows you to create Windows 10 recovery disk use a USB drive. when you create a recovery usb disk, it will give you an option to delete the 450MB recovery partition.

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Yesterday i have upgraded my HP Envy 15-201TX Laptop from W8.1 to W10. As this is the genuine version of Windows which is only available for 1 Year so I wanted to have a Recovery Disk/Partition. So i deleted the old Recovery Partition(:D) which contained W8.1 given by HP and tried to create a Recovery Partition by myself using Windows Recovery Tool but i'm not able to do it, an error appears everytime i try do it "A Problem occurred while creating the Recovery Drive."
Steps are as follows: Control Panel > Recovery > Create a Recovery Drive
I have checked "Backup System Files to Recovery Drive".

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how to create the recoverypatition at the on new installation of windows 7

Answer:How to create recovery partition on new Windows 7 installation?

Recovery Partition - Create

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HI,

MY LAPTOP IS SATELLITE L50C-14x.
It comes with windows 8.1.After start the laptop it says upgrade to windows 10. I Did it.
Now I want to create windows 10 recovery partition at my hard disk. It has a recovery partition of windows 8.1.

I want to delete it and create windows 10 recovery partition. What is the procedure ,will be to create recovery partition of windows 10 as like Toshiba create it.
thank you..!

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I am dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 10 both pro. During setup I ran into trouble with the recovery partition. I managed to recreate the partition layout as so: Recovery, EFI, Recovery, MSR, Win7, Win10, Shared, Drivers, SystemImages.
The first recovery partition is for WinRE and the second one is for Lenovo Onekey Recovery (if I decide to use it) or if possible something like macrium reflect. The SystemImages partition is for storing factory default images of the two OS. I will create the images myself to avoid bloatware.
I was able to create a recovery USB drive in Windows 10 but that does no good for my Win7. Also as I have never been able to successfully restore any version of windows using a backup from either windows recovery or third party options, I would like to have system images from both WinRE and another option just to make sure.
I generally find myself re-installing my os(s) about once a year in order to refresh and speed up my computer.
Recap: How to Make WinRE bootable partition and how to make Macrium Reflect bootable partition? I already have partitions made, but cant seem to get WinRE onto the partition or recognized by the os, and cant find find a guide on putting 3rd party recovery onto partition and make bootable.
Oh, also, Windows 10 RE should be able to create and restore a system image of Win7 if I just choose that drive instead of the Win10 drive, correct? (All dual booting guides say to only keep one Windows Recovery partition)
Thank You

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I have a Acer Netbook which has a hidden partition for Windows 7 system recovery. A month ago, I install Linux Ubuntu on the netbook and accidentally deleted the recovery partition during installation.

the netbook is out of warranty, anyone know how to get the win7 starter back?

Answer:reinstall Win7 Starter on a netbook after recovery partition deleted

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create



Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer

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I am working on my sisters Toshiba L655d-S5055 notebook. windows 7, 3gb, amd v120 processor, 250gb drive. Started with error msg at boot "encountered a problem communicating with a device at startup......". Couldn't get by this error. took out drive, inserted into usb-enclosure, and tested. numerous sector errors. She has also lost the recovery disks I made for her. I used partition software to scan just the recovery partition, and there are no errors reported there. What I would like to do, is to copy to a flash drive, or make new recovery dvd's from this recovery partition; then I can use the coa from the back of the notebook (if necessary) for full install onto a new hard drive. However, I can't use the toshiba notebook for this; I can only use my desktop pc for the xfer; using the toshiba hard drive as a usb external drive, and the toshiba media creator software will not install onto my desktop pc (doesn't give me a reason). I would prefer to go the dvd-route, but flash drive would be ok, too. Any info is appreciated. thanks.
 

Answer:how to create recovery dvd's from recovery partition mounted as usb-external drive

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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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Hello, I don't have the recovery partition on my system anymore, but would like to reset my Ideapad Yoga 13 to factory status. Is this possible somehow? All the guides I've seen assumed that my recovery partition was still intact. Thank you for your time. Regards













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Answer:Create Recovery Media/Do Factory Resect without Recovery Partition

To reset your PCSwipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)Tap or click Update and recovery, then tap or click Recovery.Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, tap or click Get started.Follow the instructions on the screen.NoteYou'll be asked to choose whether you want to erase data quickly or thoroughly. If you choose to erase data quickly, some data might be recoverable using special software. If you choose to erase data thoroughly, this will take longer but it makes recovering data less likely.
 
 
Refreshing your PC without affecting your files

If your PC isn't performing as well as it once did, and you don't know why, you can refresh your PC without deleting any of your personal files or changing your settings.

Note
If you upgraded your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and your PC has a Windows 8 recovery partition, refreshing your PC will restore Windows 8. You?ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 after the refresh has finished.


Warning
Applications you?ve installed from websites and DVDs will be removed. Applications that came with your PC and apps you've installed from the Windows Store will be reinstalled. Windows puts a list of removed applications on your desktop after refreshing your PC.


To refresh your PC

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Hello, I've used the recovery media creator to create a USB flash drive recovery media.

If i then use that to restore the Windows 7 installation onto a new hard drive (as SSD) will that drive itself have the recovery media partition on it?

So if I then lose the USB stick could I restore again by holding down zero when powering on?

Or does it recover the Windows partition and nothing more?

Thank you

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I recently bought a Satellite Pro L850-1UJ with Windows 8
http://www.toshiba.co.uk/laptops/satellite-pro/l850/satellite-pro-l850-1uj/

I've created a new partition (so i could use it as data room)
i.e. C: the windows system AND Z: my data

after that, i could NOT use the RECOVERY MEDIA CREATOR to create the recovery dvds
BUT the partition still exists and i can see the inside files from windows

IS IT a way to extract the files from the recovery partition or any other clue how i could fix the partition scheme so the RECOVERY MEDIA CREATOR could recognize it


Many thanks for your time...

Answer:Satellite Pro L850-1UJ: How create recovery DVDs from recovery partition

After changing HDD partitions structure it happens that ?Toshiba recovery media creator? cannot find recovery files. These files are marked with special markers that in your case cannot be found anymore.

I?m afraid now is too late to do or change anything. You are not the first one with this problem. We always write here that first step should be recovery media creation and later you can do whatever you want. You can even delete it.

Now you can just order new recovery disc at https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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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 all, I'm new here. I bought a Lenovo G50-70 at the end of 2014. I want to create a recovery media of my RECOVERY PARTITION. Ok I have Lenovo OneKey Recovery App v8 but with that application I can't create a recovery media of my recovery partition, I can ONLY create a recovery of my current partition (in this case: C: ). I don't want that my current partition has 119 GB. My recovery partition has 15GB, my question is: How can I access there to record it in a USB, DVD or my PC? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Lenovo G50-70 create a recovery media (of recovery partition)

macrium reflect





find joy.

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Dear All. My T440s no longer has the recovery partition.I'm with Win 8.1 Pro, but I would like to restore the system. How can I do to restore and create a new Recovery Partition? Thanks,Lucas Mendes  

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Hi, I am trying to create a recovery drive on a new ThinkPad Yoga 15, but that is failing because the recovery partition seems to be empty. - Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management shows 3 hidden partitions. All three are 100% free (empty). - Control Panel > Recovery > Create a Recovery Drive throws error "We can't create a recovery drive on this PC. Some required files are missing. [...] use your Windows installation disc or media." - The laptop shipped without any installation disc or media. - Running >reagentc.exe /info throws "Operation failed: 3. An error has occured". - Running >sfc /scannow results in "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations". Where are the recovery files, and how can I create a recovery drive on this system? Thanks.

Answer:Recovery Partition Empty & Can't Create Recovery Drive

The better part of a month later and still no reply from Lenovo Support? I would appreciate a response. I paid a lot of money for a device that does not work as advertised. Thanks.

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At my first installation of Windows 7 to my netbook there were 2 language options: Turkish & English
Today I decided to reinstall Win7 from, umm what you call, the partition where is located Windows 7 setup files, the hidden part of the HDD.
I pressed F11, it didn't worked. Googled it and I'm right, it is F11 for Casper's netbooks.
Then I tried F8, then reinstall Windows 7 (which does not exists on my desktop PC interestingly), and I installed it without problem. Even it backuped the old files. And didn't touched some folders under C.
But it is not clean installation as you can see it backuped the old files, didn't touched some folders under C, and the most inportant part is that now it is Turkish! Where is my English Windows 7?

I want to ask how can I start this Windows setup which is hidden at the HDD? Is there something like Linux distro and app to start it. I have USB sockets but not CD/DVD/etc... hardware.

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 Starter to Netbook

Did you briskly and firmly tap the F11 key as the netbook is starting up? Are you sure the correct key combination is F11 alone? Check your manual at the Support Downloads webpage for your netbook model to be sure you are running it correctly.

Can you enter Windows 7 and navigate to Control Panel>Folder Options>View to unhide Hidden and System Files, then attempt to locate in hidden Recovery Partition the English image file used by F11 Recovery to reimage the HD? If so it can sometimes be mounted or written to USB stick to boot and run.

You can also locate a Win7 installer of any version to unlock all versions to clean reinstall Starter version with the Product Key on your netbook's COA sticker. However, as Product Keys are language-specific you need to know for sure if your license is for Turkish, English or both.

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I accidentally deleted the recovery partition while partitioning. I took the system to authorised service centre for reinstalling the system to factory condition. The service centre told that it is not covered under warranty and will be chargeable (INR 1600).Is that a right information? Is it not covered under warranty? My system lenovo ideapad u410 is 2weeks old.

Answer:Is reinstalling recovery partition under warranty

HiThe info is correct since it was same in my case.It is covered under warranty and that is why it is 1500. If it was not under warranty, it would have been more since they would have used a new license of product key.





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I have a gateway gt5654 running vista home.

Now I have my D drive for recovery.....last year i tried to restore to factory settings and it wouldn't reinstall from recovery, so I bought a vista disc and reformated just the c drive and had it up and running. Since then I have missplaced my dvd for vista somewhere and can't find it.

The other morning i woke up to a black screen telling me that windows has been damaged and I need to reinstall windows.
I started it up and hit the boot menu and tried to restore to factory settings but it keeps saying there is no backup to restore from. I know it is there cause I can see it when i click on the load drivers option.

problem is...How to I restore from therecovery drive???
 

Answer:reinstalling vista from recovery partition

http://www.techsupportforum.com/har...port/162525-laptop-recovery-instructions.html
 

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Hi,

I've installed a copy of Vista, but, like most people found it to be pretty awful, so I installed a copy of XP Professional (clean installation, not upgrade), however like a lot of people have experienced, my drivers have all gone hay-wire and I'm without video/audio
So, I'm trying to use the recovery partition drive to perform a clean installation of XP Home (which came on the system when it was originally purchased) but I'm not sure how to go about it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

Answer:Reinstalling XP Home via Recovery Partition

You likley lost the ability to restore when you installed Vista . . but it is easy to download your drivers from the manufacturers website.

To clean install: enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install... Read more

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Hi guys, hope you can help!

I have a Gigabyte notebook which came with Windows 7 Starter installed. It's become slow and prone to viruses and adware and I want to completely reinstall Windows 7 Starter and start from scratch - I don't need any of the old files or software at all; I just want to wipe it clean and start anew basically. As a notebook it doesn't come with CD drive.

My oldest restore point is from one month ago which doesn't help much.

Advice please? <3

Cat

Answer:Reinstalling windows 7 starter on gigabyte notebook

Do you have a Windows 7 install disc? If not does the notebook have a recovery partition? If yes, you should be able to access it via the Start menu to do a restore to factory state.
What is the complete model number of the notebook? How to restore to factory should be explained in the online users guide.

Edit: Just found this:




Quote:
Step 1 Power on or reboot the ASUS laptop. When the ASUS logo screen appears, press "F9" to access the hidden partition.

Step 2 Press "Enter" when Windows Boot Manager appears. Choose your language from the options and

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Hello,

I have a Toshiba NB 255 Netbook. I had decided to install another operating system (Linux) and now have come to the conclusion that I no longer want both windows and linux on my system. I want to go back to just using windows 7. Its windows 7 starter edition. I have literally tried other methods to do this for countless and pointless hours coming to the conclusion I would rather format my hard drive and reinstall windows.

Now here is the problem.

I have a netbook which does not come with a cd drive; nor do I have an external.

I have actually figured out how to make a boot module from a usb/flash drive.

The problem is I do not know how to or where to obtain an ISO for windows 7 starter edition.

I do have the serial key for windows 7 starter located on the bottom of my netbook.

Finally which really ticks me off is when I bought my netbook I have now come to realize that it did or DOES NOT HAVE A RECOVERY PARTITION.
Any advice on how I can reinstall windows 7 starter with hard drive formatting?

Thank You

P.S. my product key is OEM

Answer:Problem with reinstalling windows 7 starter on a netbook

Hello pkrplyr, welcome to Seven Forums!



You can use any version of Windows 7 and the info in this tutorial at the link below to create an 'all versions' installer that can be used to install "Windows 7 starter" to the netbook and use your key to activate.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create



The first best thing to do would be a wipe (secure erase) of the Hard Disk Drive, after you have made backups of anything you want to save, this will give you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to while removing all the old Linux code.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Well I finished my project - the program script allows me to create MBR and GPT hard drive partitions with a recovery image partition. The script also allows me to install 3 different versions of windows. and lastly it allows me to capture a recovery (push button reset) image. which can then be used to create recovery media..


Here is the Menu Snippet:
(A) CREATE A "BIOS_MBR TYPE" PARTITION STRUCTURE
(B) CREATE A "UEFI_GPT TYPE" PARTITION STRUCTURE
(C) CAPTURE AND CREATE A "BIOS_MBR TYPE" RECOVERY
(D) CAPTURE AND CREATE A "UEFI TYPE" RECOVERY
(I) INSTALL MICROSOFT WINDOWS FROM THIS USB DRIVE
(X) QUIT THIS PROGRAM

WinPE 5.1 was the preinstallation environment use for testing

Answer:Create a Recovery Partition and Recovery Image

Good one! I always have to go back and look up the procedure and commands when doing this. Really a help for an old brain.

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is their an easy quick and safe way for format the recovery partition without reinstalling vista? my partition does not work and I'd like to get the 10GB of disc space back.

thanks.

Answer:how do I format recovery partition without reinstalling vista?

It is very easy
How To Format a Hard Drive in Windows Vista
In addition to the steps given above may I suggest that first, you download the free Macrium Reflect. Make an image of your hard drive on an external hard drive.
If anything every goes wrong, you can go back to day one with the image. If you want to be very safe, the way most people here are, make an image every 2 weeks. If anything happens, even a bad virus, you can go back to the way it was 2 weeks ago.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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Hi

I have looked through the forum about this problem but anything I tried does seem to have work. I reinstalled my windows 7 Starter via the recovery options menu, but the installation is stuck on the screen "Setup is starting Services" it been like this for the past 4 hours I can't seem to get rid of it. I have turned the computer off and on loads of time and even pressed SHIFT plus F10 followed the steps but nothing worked. I can't even get into the boot menu or anything.

Am doing something wrong?mi would appericate any help or advice that you may have. Thank you

Answer:reinstalling windows 7 starter on Aspire one Happy 2DQQ Netbook

Hello and welcome Steff now have you saved all your data? see this Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot



Anotherway is to install again with the factory default option - that will takeit back to out of the box condition, if what you are trying is not working .

See this but it will erase any data you have - hopefully you have backed stuff up already.

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Im trying to reinstall Windows 7 starter on my friends samsung netbook. The computer wont boot up at all. Ive tried using the system recovery feature but that doesnt work, it syas files are missing. I tried running in Safe Mode but the it crashes before the operating system loads. A few other processes display the message 'operating system not found'.

My only choice is to delete everything thats ont he hard drive and format it, then reinstall the operating system. Thing is, she hasnt got any copy of Windows 7 Starter, neither on a disk or optical drive. If I were able to get a copy of the OS, how wouold i go about deleting everything on the hard drive and reinstalling it?

Ive been goin round in circles for a looong time and am getting nowhere so any help from any geniuses on here would be infinitly appreciated thanks guys.

Answer:Completely reinstalling Windows 7 Starter on Samung N150 Netbook

Tap the F4 Key at the Samsung logo when you first power on the computer.

How to use Samsung Recovery, make Recovery disks:
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/ow...NP-RF511-S02US#
What Is Samsung Recovery Solution III?
What Is Samsung Recovery Solution 4?

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/ow...NP-RF511-S02US#

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make recovery patition

Answer:how to create a recovery partition

type backup in the run box, open backup and restore center, and create an image, preferably on an external drive.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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my sony vaio laptop model is VPCEH26EN.I recently installed windows 8 pro 64 Bit.I formatted whole hard disk and installed windows 8.I had a oem recovery partition when i bought this laptop with windows 7 preinstalled.By this hard disk partition ,i used to recover the whole windows to its factory condition by using F10 key.The recovery hard-disk partition was of only 11Gb.it contains the whole windows with some software already installed .But now i have no recovery partition now.So please tell how to create recovery partition with in 12GB for future purpose.The windows default system image creation usually taking 40 gb space.So its of no use.Please tell how to create a recovery partition which can be used to recover windows to its factory condition using F10 key in case of any error in future?????????????????

Answer:create recovery partition

You would like to remake the Sony Vaio VPCEH26EN Windows 7 Recovery Partition with Windows 8?

You can remake the Sony Vaio VPCEH26EN Windows 7 Recovery Partition with the Recovery DVD's.

For Windows 7.

How to make Sony Recovery Disks:
View Document
How to use Sony Recovery:
View Document

How to use Sony Hardware Diagostics:
View Document

How to order Sony Recovery disks:

1.Go to http://servicesales.sel.sony.com.
2.Enter your computer's model number (for example, PCV-XXXX), and click List Parts and accessories.
3.Follow the online instructions to order the Recovery Media Kit.
If you are not able to access the Sony Direct Accessories and Parts Center Web site, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-488-7669.

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I want to create a recovery partition on my windows xp desktop. Pretty much i want to be pompted when the pc boots to hit f10 and have a count down of 4 seconds . I know this would be done through boot.ini however i have no idea how to do so. Also id make a seperate partition on my hd of ten gigs just for the backup image. Im guessing id use ghost to make the backup. But if someone could help me.... I'll appreciate it. Thanks

Please mail me on [email protected]
Scorpionking

Answer:How to create recovery partition?

There are a couple of items you would have to do. First create a new partition, format it with FAT32 and make it bootable using DOS or The version that comes with Ghost. Create your image using Ghost or Acronis and save it there. You will have to install the imaging program on the partition as well put it in a folder called Ghost. Then you will need to create an AUTOEXEC.BAT file to load Ghost on start up saved in the same folder. I would make the parition bigger this way you can keep a few different images stored if you want. Finally you will need to alter you Boot.ini file. Create a copy and save it somewhere easy to remember first in case you make a mistake and need to restore the old one.

The boot.ini should look like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\Ghost="Recovery Partition"

You can change how long the wait in seconds is by altering the timeout value.

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By mistake my little brother have formated the recovery partition.I am not able to refresh the PC through update&recovery option in PC settings...I have HP pavilion 15 notebook.windows 8.1 single language. Please guide me create the partition again.......











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Answer:How to create recovery partition??????

Hello, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Welcome! I am afraid you cannot create recovery partitions if they are deleted. End users cannot do it. If the computer originally came with Windows preinstalled by HP (e.g. OEM Windows), then you can purchase recovery media from HP. They are usually cheap. You can use it to restore your computer to factory default condition. Here is how to do it:>> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/bph07143>> http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-phone-assist.html And once you receive the recovery media [DVDs or USB pen drive], here is how to use it to restore back to factory/Windows default condition:>> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03489643>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC3sUc3lr3E  If the computer originally did not come with Windows preinstalled, but you installed it on your own after that, then you need to use Windows installation media to reinstall Windows. You can get Windows installation ISO images from Microsoft web site and then burn it on a DVD >> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8>> http://www.howtogeek.com/80094/how-to-burn-an-iso-image-in-windows-7/  Please, let me know if this helps and works for you. Don't hesitate to post back for follow-up questions.

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I have a Flex 14 Ideapad having 25 GB of solid state disc as a different partition. Now I am thinking of creating a system recovery disc in this drive. However I do not see any option of choosing this drive in the dialogue for creating the receovery disc.Could you please guide me as to how to create the recovery disc / partition for Flex 14 laptop on another drive on the computer itself.Thank you in advance

Answer:Create a Recovery Partition

You have a number of misunderstandings going on here. Firstly, all Win8.1 installations have a hidden recovery partition on the boot drive. You need a separate recovery disk/usb stick in case you get to the point where you cannot boot from the main drive. Best approach is to make a recovery disk/stick and choose to copy the recovery partition too, but do not delete it from your PC when it offers.The recovery drive will be bootable (that's the point) so if you managed to get it on an internal partition you would have to make a dual boot configuration. This would be an odd way of doing things and against design. I recommend against such a strange approach.

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I have a computer with the F10 option when I first turn on the computer. The hard drive failed so I have replaced it and installed windows 7. I am wondering if I can create a recovery partition when I turn on the computer and use the F10 option to restore back to when I first installed windows 7?

Answer:Create F10 Recovery Partition

I don't think you can create a partition that will do that by pressing f10, but you can create a system image of your system that is activated and will restore your PC to exactly the way it is when you create the image. You can burn it to DVD, a separate partition or a USB stick. This would be my suggestion to you. Get your computer exactly the way you want it with all your basic and primary apps installed and everything activated. Then make a system recovery image and a recovery disk. To do this go to Control Panel>System and Recovery>Backup and Restore and look on the left hand side of the Windows and you will see both options. Click create a system image and tell Windows where to save your image and it will make an exact copy of your partition. Then it will ask you to make a recovery disk. Follow the instructions on doing that and you will have a backup of your system at it's bare minimum.

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Can anyone advise me how to create a recovery partition like those new HP computer? Thanks.

Answer:Create Recovery Partition

I found an article from PC MagazineMake a Recovery PartitionHope this is of some help

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Thank you for reading! Skip to the bold part below if this is TLDR. I've tried searching around for answers, but I'm afraid that I'm just not familiar enough with what I'm hoping to solve to even know if I'm searching in the right place. So again, thanks for your help in advance!

I recently picked up an Asus laptop, a SDD to replace the the laptop's HDD, and a HDD caddy to hold the HDD in place of the CD/DVD drive. After a fresh Win 8.1 install on the SDD, I made system images of both the SDD and the HDD with the Win 8 OEM install (both stored on external drive). I also created a USB recovery drive and then formatted the HDD.

Fast forward a few weeks... It's last Friday. I'm about to leave for a business trip. I boot up my laptop and a screen comes up telling me to "reboot and select proper boot device". I pull the SDD out, hook it up to my desktop, and see that the drive shows up, but it's blank. A little googling turned up a few reviews from other people with the same issue. On rare occasion, it will wipe itself. Using the USB recovery drive and the Win 8.1 system image, I got things up and running again.

Now for my question, instead of constantly carrying around the 2 USB drives holding the recovery and system image, can I create a recovery partition on my HDD that I can boot too if my SDD wipes again? (Could I copy or clone my Recovery USB to a partition on my HDD?) Then I could just keep the SSD system image on the HDD in case I need to restore it, right?
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Answer:How do I create a recovery partition on a 2nd HDD

You can always create a System Image Backup on a second internal drive, as long as it is not part of the backup. You could also copy the current WindowsImageBackup folder to the internal drive for re-imaging the SSD.

The term "Image" may apply to many different type of files. For instance, a Windows 8 OEM system image may be a .wim file used to reset the system to factory conditions. The type of file would certainly determine what utility was necessary to recover that image.

A recovery drive will normally have the Factory image of Windows 8, unless you have replaced the install.wim with a new one. But all this does get confusing if the exact type of image being referred to is not known.

Be aware, when you create a Recovery Drive, the entire drive can be used for nothing else. That is why Flash drives are normally used.

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I am attempting to create a recovery partition. The instructions I have received to create the partition state to type fdisk from command prompt then choose option 1. However, when I type fdisk I receive the message it is not a recognized command. Any ideas? I got this from this site http://www.ehow.com/how_4841312_recovery-partition.htmlThis is another computer i have, here is it's spec's HP 864n Windows Xp Pro Sp3 Pentium 4 2.66ghz 1024 RAM

Answer:How to create a recovery partition

Why not, after installing, updating, etc. to where you want to create a recovery partition, why not just clone the HD? That way, if the original HD goes, you just pop in the 2nd one and you're back up and running. Just a thought.

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hello

How could i create a recovery partition, so that i could reinstall windows xp?
And if anyone can give me extra info that would be real helpful.
thx in advance.
 

Answer:how to create a recovery partition?

It's a bad idea to make one. You have limited access to the partition, and it is useless if the drive fails. Just use your original CD or make an image of the drive on an external.
 

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i have a year old hp pavilion a6425n and it shipped with a 250 gb hdd witch i later upgraded to a 500 gb hdd and i lost my recovery option.. can i make a new recovery partition using my win7 disk so if i press F11 during boot it takes me to setup?

Answer:how do i create a 'recovery' partition?

Hello cammy,

Here is a tutorial that may apply to you from this very website, try it out: Recovery Partition - Create

Credits:
"Recovery Partition - Create" tutorial creator - severedsolo

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Hello All,
I have seen this thread: request: HP Recovery partition/dvd of Windows 7. I want to make a recovery partition on a clean install of windows 7. This is what I did:
1. Download HP Recovery Manager for Windows Vista
2. Install it.
3. Go to C:\Windows\SMINST\RAMDSK\Windows\SYSTEM32
4. Run Shrink.exe

Before when I ran it it said it couldn't create a recovery partition. To run it asks me to click next when it says "This installer will create a recovery partition and an initial restore point" and I did. But now when I run it as administrator it says its verifying the file system and it says it is preparing the harddrive for recovery partition creation and gives me an error : "Resizing of the windows partition failed or the disk is not recognized!The recovery partition cannot be created.you may try to delete files i the Windows partition, defragment the drive and/opr use a 3rd party tool to reduce the windows partition in size.". I tried everything.

On the screen it gives me the error it said it will restart the PC in a few seconds and it counts down and it shows click finish to restart. When I wait or click finish it just closes and does not restart my computer.

I reinstalled it lots of times.

In Shrink.exe.log it says this:

Code:
__________________________________________________________________________________________

Shrink.EXE - 4, 0, 2, 59 - Compiled on Feb 7 2007 14:08:38 - Executed on May 16 2012 19:26:18

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Answer:Create HP Recovery Partition

Why do you want a Recovery partition on the same HD, which can fail and lose the ability to recover.

A much better plan is to save a Win7 backup image externally so you can reimage with the Win7 boot CD/DVD in 20 minutes to the same or a replacement HD.

I would also consider with HP getting a far superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi all,
I'v trying to create a recovery partition on my Windows 8.1 PC.
I followed the guide here: Restore Deleted Recovery Partition2
I've put install.wim onto my recovery drive (R:\WIN8\install.wim)
When using command prompt to point windows to the recovery drive using:
REAGENTC /SetOSImage /Path R:\Win8\install.wim /Index 1
I receive the message:
REAGENTC.EXE Operation Failed: 3
I've looked around for a solution and i can't find anything applicable.
Can anyone help?
Many thanks!
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Answer:Trying to create new recovery partition

I've put install.wim onto my recovery drive (R:\WIN8\install.wim)

you don't make a recovery drive - install.wim does that for you
Create a folder on our C drive - Win81-Recovery
copy install.wm into that folder
right-click the Windows Start screen button and select Command Prompt (Admin)
type in
REAGENTC /SetOSImage /Path C:\Win81-Recovery\INSTALL.WIM /Index 1
press enter
now type REAGENTC /Info press enter

you should get operation successful
that's it

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hi, Folks

i run windows 7 and wanna make a recovery partition hitting the F key on startup like toshiba's one. The toshiba recovery utility is no longer available. Who can help me to do it?

Thanks in advance

Answer:How to create a recovery partition?

Hello

1.) On Toshiba notebooks there is no recovery partition. They only have an image of factory settings stored on second partition in HDDrecovery folder. This recovery procedure can be started in advanced boot menu of Windows (F8) and if you select ?Repair my Computer?.

2.) It?s not possible to create such a partition and then you have to press only one single key to start this. I think it?s pretty complicated to create such a recovery partition.

3.) You can create your own image using a backup program like Acronis TrueImage. Save this backup on the second partition or external HDD. You can restore this image using the Acronis boot disk. It?s very easy and I do this on my notebook too.

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please how can i create recovery partition again ??  

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As I posted under different thread, my Windows 8 computer crashed a week ago.
A Dell technician replaced a new motherboard. Then, Windows 8 was restored using a provided Windows 8 recovery media DVD. Now, windows 8 runs super.

What I now found was that the original recovery partitions were disappeared. in the main hard drive.
I could not create a recovery drive (in flash drive) without recovery partitions in hard drive.
Is there a way to re-create the original recovery partitions ? If so, how?

Answer:How to create recovery partition

Buy the factory recovery disks.

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As with most new home computers these days, the manufacturer will include a bootable recovery partition on the hard drive instead of sending you a recovery CD.
I?m currently building a new system with windows 7, and after installing some of the most common applications I want to create a bootable recovery partition on the hard drive, as well as a bootable image on a CD.
The question is I?m not really sure how to do this?
I know of programs such as Norton ghost and Acronis, but I was looking for an easier solution, perhaps a free program?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Nick

Answer:How do I create a bootable recovery partition?

Hi -

The recovery partitions are found on pre-manufactured OEM systems. You can create a system inage on a partition, external drive, DVD, etc...

See "system image" - from Microsoft, Windows 7 Support -

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...a-system-image

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...ings-and-files

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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I want to create 2 partitions in my hdd but I have no idea how to do it. I have 80GB hard disk. I have recovery CD and I want to ask if anybody knows is this possible to do it by that recovery cd.

Thanks for any help!!!!!

Answer:How to create partition in Satellite 105 via recovery CD?

Hi nina,

Use the Expert Modus with the recovery CD.

You make a Partition with the recovery CD

- Choose ?Expert mode? pressing number two
- Click OK and press ENTER
- Choose LOCAL - DISK - FROM IMAGE
- Look in: must be selected to CD-ROM drive
In the middle window choose GHO file and press ENTER
- Using TAB button you must mark information about drive and so on and press ENTER
- Using TAB button mark again middle part of window (blue line) and with space bar activate ?New Size? box
- Put inside new partition size and press again ENTER button
- The question ?Proceed with disk load?? confirm with OK

or use the Partition Magic 8 this is a good and a simple Software for Partitions of the HDD.

I Hope this is a Help

By

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As most of us know, Acronis True Image can create a recovery partition, that is available while starting up a pc / laptop with F11 key. While it sounds like i great idea, there is one issue with this. It's price for Acronis.


So i've been thinking as well with using a google to find a similar software, that can do same thing. But my google skills aren't as good as i would like it to be.

Here i'm asking for your help guys. If you have found one please let me know. So far i've found this one

create a bootable recovery partition to restore a pc. like oem's F11

ANARETHOS RECOVERY TOOLS with MEDIA CREATOR


but ... well just want to know is that everything ? Or there is other software that can help me creating recovery partition.


Yes i do understand i will need space from my Hdd. Not sure what else could possible go wrong


Cheers in advance for your help

szametu


Ps. Please excuse my bad grammar english. Still learning.

Answer:What software can create recovery partition ?

I would just create an image - beats reinstalling.

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My laptop came with windows 8.1 innitialy. I had upgraded my os to windows 10. Some days back I had to do " restore factory settings " on my pc due to some problems and my pc started with windows 8.1 again.  So, How should I creat recovery partition that would recover my pc back to windows 10 with out going back to windows 8.1. Plzz Help me ASAP.

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I would like to create a custom recovery partition for windows 8.1 that I can use to refresh the pc. I would like to include the drivers that are required. I am unable to locate a tutorial that can help me do this. Anyone know how I can do this?

Answer:Create custom recovery partition

Maybe this will help:
Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

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I bought my z5070 with HDD in it now it is so slow, so i bought SSD, i want to create a recovery partition as the one that came with the basic HDD(the one that we use to restore from using OneKey Recovery), so how can i create it?? or at leat coping it. i tries with the acronis that came with the SSD but i always fail "not supported file system" or something llike that the acronis gives me

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Hello,
Although this is my first post here, I am no stranger to this forum. So I have a blank hard drive which is for a notebook laptop with no DVD drive. I am planning to install windows 7 but I also do not have a 4GB () flash disk, at least not at the present.
So I though of creating a recovery partition. I am using windows 7 on my laptop and I have a SATA to USB cord. I have been creating partitions for some time now so I though it will be just the same process except that it is on another HD. Here is what I usually type on the console window.


Code:
diskpart
list disk
select disk X
list partition
select partition X
active
exit
X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 X:
But when I was done with the process, transferred the HD to the notebook it did not boot into the set up process.
Although I don't know the problem, I suspect that the problem might be this last line :


Code:
X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 X:
Please help if you can.

Thanks.

Answer:How to create a recovery partition for a blank HD

I think you are better off to make a USB recovery stick. Those sticks cost pennies.

Newegg.com - $0 - $10, usb stick

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In a fit of over zealous tidying up after installing Win 10 on my lappie, I deleted the 450MB Recovery Partition that the upgrade from Windows 7 created at the end of the main partition.

1) What was actually in that partition and why would I want it.

2) If I do want it, how to re-create it ...?

Thanks
Dave

Answer:Re-Create that 450MB Recovery Partition?

Recovery partition is where Windows stores the WinRe.wim which allows you to create a recovery disk or get into the recovery environment to repair/Trouble shoot/Restore/Reset/Refresh etc...

Now that you've deleted it. Those features won't be available and you won't be able to create a USB Recovery disk.

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I'm using Windows Vista and I'm trying to achieve this...

1) Copy my C: Drive partition to a DVD
2) Have that DVD be bootable and be able to recover the entire partition back into the partition.

I've got my Hard Drive partitioned into 4 parts
C: - OS
D: - Documents, Program Files, AppData (and other windows folders)
the other two are not relevant.

So basically if anything goes wrong with my OS I want to be able to throw the DVD in and boot to it, have it restore the C: partition.

So what software would I use to do this?
 

Answer:Create a bootable Partition recovery DVD

Acronis True Image will let you "image" your entire drive or partition to CD/DVD media and restore it at a later time. The backup set itself will not be bootable, but True Image will create a bootable CD version of itself that you can use to run True Image natively (meaning you boot from that CD, load the application, remove that CD and then put in the backup CDs/DVDs and do the restoration, or use True Image to create new backup sets).

There's nothing on the market today that will automagically create a bootable backup recovery set; the only one product that ever did that automagically was Powerquest Drive Image. It would put the actual application on the first CD (it didn't burn DVDs when it came out and disappeared before DVD burners/media even became popular) and you could use that backup set to restore.

The only difference with True Image is you need the TI recovery CD + your backup set, hardly a big problem. You can burn off multiple copies of the recovery CD as required, one for each set if necessary.

Good luck...

ps
It's possible to create a recovery set using Norton Ghost and then you can create a new CD and put the ghost.exe executable on the CD, but you'd still be required to do other steps to make that CD bootable in the first place so you could then access the ghost.exe file to run it. A bit more hassle than most people care to bother with, I believe. But it's possible... and you can use other imaging tools to do similar tas... Read more

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Hi Guys,

So, I have a Toshiba Satelite L505-141 (from Greece) and my hard drive broke. Unfortunately, I have lost my recovery discs. I have changed my hard drive, I have installed the OS but I would like to have my computers as it was (with all crapwares ... Wink )

I found a guy with the same laptop and he can send the recovery disc. Actually, he already sent me the 2 disc (he sent me two copies of his CD online) that he created when he bought the laptop (through the Recovery media creator). Those discs though are not bootable and (I read) that you just use them and when you restart the system goes through the recovery wizard. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me (at least with the CD my friend sent me).

Do you know any way that I can do it? I mean to get from my friend a recovery disc? Can he create an ISO from his recovery partition?

Any suggestion is welcome!

Message was edited by: GeoKoro13

Answer:How to create bootable DVD/USB from Recovery Partition?

Hi

To be honest I don?t have experience with this stuff but i found very interesting document in Toshiba knowledge base - http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm

Check it out.

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I have a new Windows 7 Home premium Disk. I understand that it is possible to access Windows Starter edition on this disk and burn it to a bootable USB or a DVD. I have tried following two or three suggestions on the internet but I can't get them to work properly. I need to install Windows 7 starter on my netbook to replace Windows XP. It would be helpful to create Windows Starter on a bootable USB and a bootable DVD disk. What is the best way to do this?

Answer:How to create a Windows 7 Starter bootable USB or Disk

If you are already using the premium disk then the license won't cover you for using starter on another machine.
If you are not using premium then load premium on the net book.
If you really just want Starter then where exactly are you going wrong?
is it making a bbotable USB drive
extraction the iso from the disk
or editing the cfi file to make it install starter instead of premiun?
Make a bootable USB drive

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Hi, the hdd on my ThinkPad T410 is Out of Order ( dead -- too much sectors are defective ), i decided to install a new one in my notebook as it is no more under warranty, how can i create the partition recovery by myself (as all thinkpad have in their factory configuration) on this new hdd to permit me to restore my notebook if any issue further occurs ? Thanks 

Answer:HDD to replace in my T410, how to create a partition recovery in the new one

Hi HonoRob and welcome to the forum!
 
ThinkPads also have an option to create recovery discs:-
 
Windows 7: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-74040Windows Vista/XP: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-68317
 
Contact support to buy them if you didn't do so before your HDD went dead.Hope this helps.





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Is it possible to create a recovery partition or image on a PC, which could recover the PC using a Fn key during boot up ?

I have a PC with a recovery partition which is for vista, which is now obsolete now Imhave moved up to Windows 10 via Windows 7.... never want to recover to vista...

would love over to create my own recovery partition, where pressing e.g. Fn11 during startup invokes the recovery process.....maybe this is too difficult...there is a program called AOMEI OneKey Recovery which promises to do such, or so it looks...

Answer:create recovery partition with restore option with Fn key

Acronis True Image 2016 does this. You enable Startup Recovery Manager and you can hit F11 during the boot process to recover a disc image. Adds about 30 sec to boot process before it defaults to OS startup.

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I have been fixing PCs for friends and family for years, some of them are really good at screwing up an OS a only couple months after i install a fresh copy of xp or 7. i would like to be able to create a restore method simple for them to use to reset there machine back to my initial installed state. was thinking something similar to newer PCs F11 restore method or something i could add to a bootloader in 7 or xp making it a "dualboot" with just the OS and the recovery.

Answer:create a bootable recovery partition to restore a pc. like oem's F11

Since you'd be loading a backup image into a Primary partition created for this purpose, it can be reimaged using F8 System Recovery Options.

However this is not optimal because if you're making your own backup image then it can more easily be saved externally so it's also available in case of HD failure - or you can do both.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

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Hi,

I have a friends laptop (a Satellite Pro) which fails to boot into Vista (even in safe mode) with a blue screen. I have tried booting off my own Vista CD to attempt a windows repair, but even that results in the same blue screen. To cut a long story short, I want to resort back to factory default, but the recovery CDs were never created.

I can access the drive contents (both the C drive and the data partition) by booting off a linux live CD. Is there any way I can copy the files oft the data partition, and create a recovery CD/DVD using these file?

Many thanks

Answer:Can I create recovery CD from data partition manually?

> Is there any way I can copy the files oft the data partition, and create a recovery CD/DVD using these file?
No. You cannot do this. What you can do now is to order original recovery disc from Toshiba.
Sorry but there is nothing you can do about it.

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Is it possible to create a recovery partition or image on a PC, which could recover the PC using a Fn key during boot up ?

I have a PC with a recovery partition which is for vista, which is now obsolete now Imhave moved up to Windows 10 via Windows 7.... never want to recover to vista...

would love over to create my own recovery partition, where pressing e.g. Fn11 during startup invokes the recovery process.....maybe this is too difficult...there is a program called AOMEI OneKey Recovery which promises to do such, or so it looks...

Answer:create recovery partition with restore option with Fn key

Acronis True Image 2016 does this. You enable Startup Recovery Manager and you can hit F11 during the boot process to recover a disc image. Adds about 30 sec to boot process before it defaults to OS startup.

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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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Today I received 2nd hand X200 without any recovery disks. I reinstalled everything from scratch but I was just wondering is it possible to recreate hidden recovery partition for future recovery? It would be perfect if I would need to sell the laptop and make the customer happy. Anyone tried to do this?

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it says it all in the title really.

Can I create a restore cd from my HP partition using the Recovery Console? as I cant boot to desktop.

Chris
 

Answer:Can I create a restore cd from partition using Recovery Console?

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Ok, here's what I want to do.

If I was to build a new pc from scratch and install windows 7 home premium, how would I go about creating a bootable hidden recovery partition on the hard drive, so I could reformat it back to these settings at any point if needed?

(like the proper manufacturers do themselves, normally loaded by pressing one of the F keys)

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Easiest way to create a hidden recovery partition?

Ah yes, my motherboard in particular lets you create one of those. Quite a useful feature, that I don't really use.

What you can do is store a partition containing a backup, and restore from that when the time is right, even though you will need a optical disk to begin the restore process using the backup program. You won't be able to get something like one of the F keys when your computer starts up like most manufacturers do, but you might be able to give it the option when choosing between boot choices when your computer starts.

How to create custom recovery partition - MSFN Forum


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You won't be able to get it to start by hitting F keys, but you can modify your boot loader to boot into a hidden recovery partition.

I've used grub for this in the past. Have a "System Recovery" option in the list and set the timer to 1 or 2 seconds. "System Recovery" boots into a scripted DOS or WINPE partition which has at least a couple of prompts to back out (incase you boot into it by accident) and eventually restores the system partition back to the original image.

I have used 3rd party tools to do the imaging myself, but you could easily use ImageX if using WinPE.

I've only used it for other people's computers, so I can easily instruct them on how to restore it back to a working image and saves me from having to look at the machine myself. Saves them playing around with boot options trying to boot from a CD/USB as well.



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Plz any one can help me.....
 
i have purchased laptop last week with following configurations:
Lenovo  G510 i5 2.5ghz with windows 8 and OneKey recovery feature.
 
 
My laptop was with windows 8 but i upgrade my hard drive 500 GB to 1 TB.
But now i am unable to recover my windows8 image by using OneKeyrecovery (novo).
So plz help me how to craete GPT partition style that will support for onekey recovery and recover Windows 8 image that is in my external hard drive.
Please send me the complete procedure to create GPT partition style supported for onekey recovery.Also solve the following questions plz.
1. How to create GPT partition style supported for onekey recovery?
2. Total Number of partitions and their actual sizes.
3. Size of C:
4. Size of D:
5. Size of recovery partition
6.Size of all partitions
 
Plz reply me at: ********@yahoo.com
 
 
Regards: Aamir
 
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Answer:How to create GPT Partition for onekey recovery windows8

Dear Customer
 
Welcome in lenovo community
 
Please use the below link to download and install the Lenovo Recovery application so that you can do what you looking for 
 
Link : http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS035708
 
Thanks
Alaa





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Notebook Toshiba Satellite L850 - 19C (PSKDLE)


Hi, ich have new partioned my hard disk, befor this i have deleted all partions! :-)

I have installed the OS new, everything is ok and works well, i have loaded all needed drivers from the toshiba homepage......

I need a description how i create a new empty recovery partition, so that i can make a new backup with the recovery wizard!

Thank you.


Sven

Answer:Satellite L850-19C: Recovery partition deleted. How can i create a new one?

Unfortunately you cannot do it anymore. You must install original recovery image using recovery media and this recovery partition will be created automatically.
Have you created recovery DVD or recovery USB before you have changed partitions structure?

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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> clean

DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

DISKPART> exit
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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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Can I "Create a recovery drive" from the Control panel which will create an USB image and then use it to install windows on a bigger SSD? This will save me time to install a fresh Win and then download all the drivers again. Thanks.

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Desktop PC : compaq SR1170NX, windows XP home edition

Probelm : IDE hard drive got crashed, replaced it with a new one.

Question : my old hard drive had a system recovery option in it, so if i had any problem before i just ran system recovery and it was good to go. Is there any way i can create a system recovery in another partition and set it up in same way like my previous hard drive. I done have recovery disk but i have windows XP home edition installation disk from where i did my installation this time using product key on side panel. please suggest

Answer:how to create system recovery in other partition in fresh installation ?

You would have to partition your main Hard Drive into 2 drives (Drive C: and D: or purchase another HDD) Once you get your C:Drive working perfectly and have all the drivers, updates and software you like installed, then you would Clone your C: drive to the D: drive using Ghost, Acronis or XXClone Then if your C: partition has a problem you can restore from your D: partition. Of course if the whole hard drive takes a dump, this won't help you, unless you had a separate HDD.

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Hello!

I've bought a new Toshiba Satellite L500-19E with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit). So far, everything's working brilliant.
I've already created the recovery dvds.
Therefore, could I now delete the partition with the recovery programm? I want to use the full space of my hdd and create partitions as I want.
But I don't know how I should do this?
Could you please help me?

greez

Answer:Satellite L500-19E - Deleting recovery partition and create new

If you are 100% sure the created recovery DVDs are ok you can remove all saved data on second partition.
Open Windows Explorer and on the left side where is second partition listed click with right mouse button on it and choose option FORMAT.
Choose Quick format option and click on START.

After minute or two all data will be gone.

Please note: in the future when you want to use recovery DVD for Win7 installation the whole HDD will be deleted and you will lose all your data.
Using recovery DVD you cannot format partition C only.

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I am trying to use the recovery media to install the factory settings W7 to a newly installed Intel 310. I have installed the 310, and it is definitely there and recognized by the computer.  I have removed my HDD and plugged in a DVD drive.  Also on hand are the successfully created recovery media (1 CD + 3 DVDs). I put in the CD and boot via the DVD drive.  The Windows screen comes on and then it goes to R&R.  From there, I cannot for the life of me figure how how to start the ball rolling on installing W7 to the msata drive.The two options presented appear to be to install a previous recovery backup, and none are listed.  Or to recover from an image, which then takes me to a screen that does not seem to identify an image no matter which of the four recover discs I put in. Is there any Lenovo page that shows step by step to re-installing recovery media from disk?  I'm not a complete newb so this is frustrating. My only guess perhaps is that I need to create a partition on msata before starting the factory recovery.  Not sure why that would be the case in that the factory recovery probably has utilities built in to do so, but I can't think of anything else. Thanks for any help.

Answer:Do I need to create partition on msata before factory/recovery install?

I used the Recovery CD/DVD too.  As you did, I removed the original 320GB drive.  Then I did format the 310 SSD and had no problems. Jim

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I was using win 8 which was original came with notebook , then I installed win8.1(not upgrade from Store , just from .iso packet ).Because of some errors I re-installed another win8 . iso and now I can't download Recovery from SW Update .It says recovery partition doesn't exist.I was able to use that before.How can I re-create my recovery partition again?

Answer:Win8 Hidden Recovery Partition deleted.How do I re-create?

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

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I want to change the harddisk and so I need the recovery CDs to install the system. Would anyone please tell me how to do that? thanks a lot for your help!  

Answer:[Ask for help]How to create recovery CDs from preloaded partition for T40 Model 2373-76A?

cheory wrote:I want to change the harddisk and so I need the recovery CDs to install the system. Would anyone please tell me how to do that? thanks a lot for your help!  Click on Start/All Programs/ThinkVantage/Create Recovery Mediaor check for Access IBM.  There should be an option to create the media. If that doesn't work or you can't burn the discs ask check if your machine has warranty left. If so give them a call and ask if you can receive the recovery media. Please be aware that Lenovo can only sent out the media once. So if somebody sold you the book and asked for media you won't get any unless you'd be willing to pay for them. Hope that helps Cheers

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Greetings,

When I first purchased my Acer AspireOne D255 back in 2010, I immediately deleted Windows 7 Starter and installed a dual-boot of XP Home and Ubuntu. However, recently I decided that I want Windows 7 back on the Netbook, so I ordered Recovery DVDs from Acer.

I would like to set up an encrypted dual boot between Windows 7 Starter & Kubuntu 12.04. I found a great tutorial online explaining how to do this:

[not sure if I'm allowed to post links to other sites]http:// stonesifer.org/2011/07/01/dual-boot-windows-7-encrypted-with-ubuntu-1104-encrypted/

Problem is that the tutorial won't work for me because I don't have the 100 MB System Reserved Partition. I want to follow this particular tutorial because it's very simple, and it ensures that if I switch to a different Distro later I won't have to reinstall Windows 7.

Now I did successfully follow the "Option One" instruction here to use Disk Management to create a System Partition:

System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management

All this accomplished however is creating a small partition that is not active, and certainly not at the front of the disk, and definitely not set as a System Partition.

Please help! I've spent way too many hours / days at this trying to figure this out on my own.

Edit: I have been using the "Disk Utility" in a Lubuntu 12.04 LiveCD to partition the drive...

Answer:Acer Recovery DVD Won't Create 100MB System Reserved Partition

Hi,

You should first install Windows 7 in the vanilla fashion - that will create the 100MB System Reserved partition and the usual System partition (usually C)

Then follow the tutorial you linked. Be very careful with Truecrypt. Create a backup of the volume header : see STEP 3 here:
TRUECRYPT - Encrypt Data Folders

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Hi All

I installed Windows 7 on a formerly Vista Business computer. Now I would like to know, does a clean installation of Windows 7 automatically create a recovery partition or backup? Or do I need to format the Recovery Drive D(from the Vista installation) and make a backup on that drive (D)?

Thank You
 

Answer:Solved: Does Windows7 Automatically create recovery partition during installation?

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I am trying to install system recovery disk on this hp and when it is done downlaoding it says this error message"user partition cannot be created! system recovery cannot continue!" What should i do please reply with any answers to my problem, and thank you for your time.
 

Answer:failed to create user partition cannot continue system recovery

I'd start by downloading the disk manufacturer's diagnostic and running it. It may be that the drive is bad, which is causing you the issue.
 

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Hi,

I've got an old Toshiba Satellite P750 (PSAY1A-01Y022). I have just upgraded my memory from 4GB to 8GB, and am planning to upgrade my HDD from 500GB to 1TB. I have ordered the HDD online and am waiting for it to arrive.

I am still trying to figure out how to create the Toshiba Recovery Partition when my new HDD arrives. I am doing the same for an old notebook, which I have manged to get something similar to it's original factory state.

I have looked at the recovery partition but cannot figure out how it was created. It is not NTFS. Does anyone have any experience in creating a Toshiba Recovery Partition on a new HDD?

And help is much appreciated.

Thank you and kind regards,
Dinesh

Answer:Satellite P750 PSAY1A: how to create the Toshiba Recovery partition on new HDD

Recovery partition can be created when you use original Toshiba recovery disc and install recovery image. Before OS installation starts partitions will be created automatically, recovery image copied on recovery partition and then as last step recovery image installation will start.

Some kind of files migration from one to other HDD is not solution.

Only notebook with ?factory settings? will have well working and usable recovery partition.

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...this may be a difficult question but i wil give it a shot....

i have a Toshiba Satellite A100 PSAA9E and a recovery disc set.
In the recovery disc for the OS ( win xp MCE ) there are two iso: PEbase.iso and the HDbase.iso.
After some digging in the ne i discovered what a preinstallation enivorment is and a prepared installation(sysprep) .

Now i'm wondering if it can be so simple to place the .tpa image of the Recovery disc in a partition and install it whit a pe that runs directly from that partition.

The only real obstacle is that there are some .inf and .sif that refear to the install partition statically and may be helpfull to know what was modified from the original version of xp MCE.

I know the question is not easy but i hope in the expertise of the admins

Answer:Re: How to create an instant recovery partition on Satellite A100 PSAA9E

Hi

> Now I?m wondering if it can be so simple to place the .tpa image of the Recovery disc in a partition and install it whit a pe that runs directly from that partition.

I doubt this will function? To be honest I never tested it therefore I cannot say exactly if it will work or not but in my opinion this is not possible?

Newer notebook model are equipped with HDD recovery option but this recovery works completely different. There is an additional menu which helps to start the HDD recovery procedure.

Your notebook supports Recovery Disk and this disk should be used to recover the notebook.

By the way; I?ve got a Norton Ghost Utility. I create my own image using this tool and placed it on the second partition. If something would go wrong with my OS I can restore the whole system using the ghost and the image file from the other partition.

Bye

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Hello

HP Mini 210

I am trying to install windows starter 7.

Currently I have installed fedora 14 xfce. And I have allocated 24 GB NTFS for hard disk for the windows partition.

My current partitions are as follows:

Code:
/dev/sda2 97G 4.9G 91G 6% /
tmpfs 494M 92K 494M 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 485M 68M 392M 15% /boot
/dev/sda5 169G 26G 135G 16% /home
I have created a boot USD to install windows starter 7.

When the computer boots into the windows setup and I selected the partition I want to install windows on. I get the following message:

Code:
"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition."
This is setup displaying all my partitions:

Code:
Disk 0 Partition 1 500MB 0 Primary
Disk 0 Partition 2 97.7GB 0 Primary
Disk 0 Partition 3 4GB 0 Primary
Disk 0 Partition 4 171.3GB 0 Logical
Disk 0 Partition 5 24.6GB 24.5 Logical <-- Trying install on this partition NTFS
I have also tried to delete the partition in setup and create a new one. And also tried to format the partition.

However, I still get the same error message.

Many thanks for any advice,

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Hello

HP Mini 210

I am trying to install windows starter 7.

Currently I have installed fedora 14 xfce. And I have allocated 24 GB NTFS for hard disk for the windows partition.

My current partitions are as follows:

Code:
/dev/sda2 97G 4.9G 91G 6% /
tmpfs 494M 92K 494M 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 485M 68M 392M 15% /boot
/dev/sda5 169G 26G 135G 16% /home
I have created a boot USD to install windows starter 7.

When the computer boots into the windows setup and I selected the partition I want to install windows on. I get the following message:

Code:
"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition."
This is setup displaying all my partitions:

Code:
Disk 0 Partition 1 500MB 0 Primary
Disk 0 Partition 2 97.7GB 0 Primary
Disk 0 Partition 3 4GB 0 Primary
Disk 0 Partition 4 171.3GB 0 Logical
Disk 0 Partition 5 24.6GB 24.5 Logical <-- Trying install on this partition NTFS
I have also tried to delete the partition in setup and create a new one. And also tried to format the partition.

However, I still get the same error message.

Many thanks for any advice,

Answer:installing windows 7 starter - partition problem

The problem is simple. Win7 can only be installed to a Primary Partition. You are trying to install it to a Logical Partition. Will never work. You must create a new Primary Partition for Win7 then it will work.

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Hi there.
Ok so i have a Acer Aspire netbook, it comes with Windows 7 starter and has android on a partition !! ( well, i think its a partition, on my computer it says i have my acer c: drive and android d: drive.

I never use the android OS on my netbook, and was wondering if its safe to format it, get rid of it on the d: drive. and use that drive for other storage ? or would that interfere with the operation of the computer?

Would it mess up the built in factory settings restore option on it ?

Thanks

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Hi.

I hope someone can help me!

Specs:

Notebook Gigabyte Q1000
Windows 7 Starter
Partitioned (C:) 100GB and (D:) 124GB.

Problem:
I cannot access my folders and files from Start/Computer.

What happened:
While trying to upgrade AVIRA antivirus a stack of windows suddenly appeared, one behind the other like a pack of cards. The message read something about system 32 error and all my applications shut down. I tried closing the warning messages but they just kept re-appearing. There was no way I could get out of it nor access anything.

It sounds like a virus to me but I'm not sure.

When clicking on Start Menu, the start menu was empty with only an earth ball and objects flying around in the Start Menu.

I launched system recovery and the OS was restored.
I installed Microsoft Security Essentials, ran a full scan and it showed that the hdd was virus free.

My problem:
From Start/Computer I can see that my data is still on the D drive as the space used is highlighted in blue and it reads "19.8GB free of 124GB",
but I cannot access anything from that drive. When clicking on (D:) it reads "This folder is empty."
When using Search to search a folder or file nothing is found.
However, in Microsoft Security Essentials Custom Scan I can see my folders exist on the (D:) partition.

Any suggestions on how I can get access to my folders and files from Start/Computer will be appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows 7 Starter - cannot access D partition folders.

Found the fix!

Start/Computer/Organize/Folder and search options/View/tick "Show hidden files, folders and drives"/Apply/OK

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I am in search of a Recovery Disk for an eMachines Netbook EM250/KAV60 w/ Windows 7 Starter Edition. I cannot locate one available online anywhere. Can someone point me to a location where I can download or purchase? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 7 Starter - Recovery Disk

You should be able to get them from here:

https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main...rand=emachines

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T540p, Windows 7 Pro When I run the "create recovery media" tool, I am given the error: "No (sic) enough temporary space in C drive, Create Recovery Media will exit now." I have 89GB free on my 256GB SSD. My Recovery Partition is 16GB. How much free space do I need?

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on my PCI am about to buy a couple of new HDD's and I was wondering if there was any way to install them as a RAID 10 without having to reinstall Windows and install the RAID driver during the install.I do understand that I can make a software RAID with Windows but I would rather go for the Hardware route.I'm using an MSI X58M motherboard which has onboard RAID capability.Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!p.s. It's nice to be back after such a long time...

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