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Question: Bootable Recovery Partition

I purchases HP Envy 4 1023TU Laptop with Pre Installed Windows 7 Home Basic.

C Drive - 223GB
D Drive - 221 GB
E Drive - 20GB (Win 7 Recovery Drive)

Now i format all drive and create New Partition . Now i installed Windows 8 Enterprise 64Bit
C Drive - 223GB
D Drive - 200 GB
E Drive - 40GB

How can i create a bootable recovery drive of Windows 8 in my E Drive

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Preferred Solution: Bootable Recovery Partition

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Bootable Recovery Partition

Don't know. You can make periodic system recovery images, but you probably know that.

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I'm using truecrypt to encrypt C:\ drive (have only one windows partition). Problem is, that Truecrypt has its own boot loader and as I figured out, Rescue&Recovery partition is accessible only thanks to lenovo bootloader, whitch was owerwritten by truecrypt. Is there a way how to boot again to this R&R partition? Only C is encrypted

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I purchases HP Envy 4 1023TU Laptop with Pre Installed Windows 7 Home Basic.

C Drive - 223GB
D Drive - 221 GB
E Drive - 20GB (Win 7 Recovery Drive)

Now i format all drive and create New Partition . Now i installed Windows 8 Enterprise 64Bit
C Drive - 223GB
D Drive - 200 GB
E Drive - 40GB

How can i create a bootable recovery drive of Windows 8 in my E Drive

Answer:Bootable Recovery Partition

Don't know. You can make periodic system recovery images, but you probably know that.

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title says it. i deleted my partition without rewriting or formatting and my mbr is intacat. any ideas?

Answer:Need a bootable cd for partition recovery

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Hey there guys.....
I recently had a HD crash and had to install a new HD. Its a 350 Gig WD into a ASUS laptop.
On the origional disk I had a cleverly protected partition with the origional factory setup of VISTA on it. Should anything go wrong with the VISTA operating system then this bootable partition would come into play and do a clean install.
I also had the option of pressing F9 during booting to allow me to reinstall to factory std.
I would like to be able to have a similar setup with my new HD and Windows 7.
I have googled and found many options but nothing the way I want it. Most options explain the use of the recovery partition once wndows is loaded. I the recovery partition to run from a boot if F9 is pressed. This is the way it was and I would like to have it the same with my new setup.
I will appreciate any assistance with this at all.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Bootable Recovery Partition


Yes that setup is OK but as you have found out that when the HD goes faulty so does the best way is to use a program like Acronis TrueImage and make a Clone of the drive and either put it on DVDs or another HD.

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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?


To be honest I don?t have experience with this stuff but i found very interesting document in Toshiba knowledge base -

Check it out.

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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...

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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I would like to know if it's possible to restore the computer by copying the entire recovery partition over to a bootable USB flash drive? I have already created the recovery discs, but I would like to preserve the factory recovery partition and use it externally since I want to completely remove it from the hard drive. (I need to remove a partition so that I can use MBR2GPT to create a UEFI boot partition for Windows 10). Here's what I did so far as a test... I copied the recovery partition as-is (no change in size) using MiniTool Partition Wizard over to an external hard drive. When it was done, I marked the partition as active so that it would boot. Upon restarting, the computer detected the recovery partition on the external drive and successfully booted into the recovery manager. Now, the question is, will it successfully recover to the internal hard drive should I ever need to preform a recovery?

Answer:Copying The Recovery Partition And Using It On A Bootable US...

Hi,No member in this forum has reported a success in doing this.I have also been disappointed twice previously?If you do it successfully, this thread would be bookmarked for sure, for any future referenceRegardsVisruth

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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.

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 -

Regards. . .



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

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I google searched high and low to see if this could be done, but the only answer I found was you can't do it because it's considered piracy (but Windows 8 & 10 have it built in). I have a Dell Latitude E6410 Windows 7 64bit. I want to take the Recovery Partition (and only the recovery partition) and put it on a USB. Make that USB bootable, so I can boot from it and return my Laptop to factory. I don't want to back up my current configuration. It would be like creating a Windows install disc that includes everything the Dell came with (drivers, programs, etc). I would then go through the setup process. THANKS for any help.

Answer:Windows 7 Recovery Partition to USB (bootable)

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Hi all,

I would like to create a Bootable Recovery Partition On my laptop, just like the one that came from the manufacturer, except since I am migrating to Windows 7 I need to have that recovery partition be Windows 7 as well. The laptop came with Vista Home Basic Edition.

Does anyone know how to do this?

Answer:Installing Bootable Recovery Partition in Windows 7

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I've seen some fairly involved sites with methods to try this, don't have the links.
This is not easy to do.
Maybe someone will have a link to a way to do this.

Most people use a Backup and Restore Image program. They are easy to use and reliable,
you can backup right after installation and/or weekly and get back your OS with all programs installed and the OS activated in about 15 minutes.

Here are a couple free proven programs.

Macrium Reflect

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition
A long list of free programs that will work With Win7.

FREE Great Programs for Window 7

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I've got a W520 with a hard drive that has been completely wiped aside from the Q/Recovery partition. Is there a workflow for using the recovery partition to rebuild the factory Windows 7 install?


Go to Solution.

Answer:W520 - Using the recovery partition without a bootable OS installed

1. Grab ImageX from Microsoft (somewhere).2. Get a bootable USB with Windows 7 setup3. Boot into the USB and enter repair tools (Command Prompt)4. Navigate to the recovery partition, FactoryRecovery folder.5. Note the size of sdrivebackup.wim6. Use DISKPART to create a partition of at least this size. Make sure it is the first, it is active, and set to bootable.7. Use ImageX to apply sdrivebackup.wim to this partition.
The command should be: ImageX /apply [recoverypartition]:\FactoryRecovery\sdrivebackup.wim [newpartition]:\8. Then use DISKPART again to create an appropriately sized Windows 7 partition (presumably all the remaining space).9. Again, use ImageX to apply cdrivebackup.swm to the newly created Windows 7 partition.
The command should be: ImageX /apply [recoverypartition]:\FactoryRecovery\cdrivebackup.swm [newwindowspartition]:\Ideally this should make it work. If it doesn't, try a Startup Repair from the Windows install USB to fix any bootloader issues.

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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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I have searched all over on google and forums for software to make a bootable recovery partition and I can't find anything.

I need software that will make an image or a backup of my windows system / C drive and put it on a partition I have made (15gbs)

I need to be able to press a button like f4 or something at startup (bios) and for it to be able to load the recovery software if I ever had a problem with my computer.

Is there anything that can do that?

Answer:I need software to make a bootable recovery partition.

If you are quick , you can get this.

The download is only available free till 19th Jan 2010:

Paragon Backup & Recovery Compact Free registration

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Compact [32-bit]

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Compact [64-bit]

Select Manage Backup capsule - you get an F1 key at startup.

You can tell it to store the backup images you make with it on there , too.

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Hi. I am using WS2008 however the procedure is the same as Win7.

What I want to do, is have the ability to install, on a partition, a bootable partition where it will allow me to install Windows from a directory which contains the entire contents of the DVD/ISO which is on location on another HDD (on the same computer)

how is it possible to do this? Basically this is for a server that exists "out there" and have no access to it. I manage it myself etc... and I know this is possible to do, but has been such a long time since Ive done it.

What is it that I need to install on the computer to allow me to go into some mode (recovery mode maybe) so I can run setup?


Answer:Basic Bootable partition/Recovery mode?

You can take a look this tutorial:
Recovery Partition - Create

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Hello, How can I make bootable rescue and recovery (factory default) partition to USB-stick/-hard drive? When my hard disk fails (as it will) and I install new hard drive do I then get free recovery USB-stick from Lenovo? Or how this works with computers without DVD-drive. I would not like to go Linux/dd etc. zone. Just dead simple next, next, next prog which makes bootable USB-stick and copies recovery data to stick.

Answer:How to make bootable rescue and recovery partition to USB-stick

System:Windows 7 64-bitThinkPad Edge 13" with Intel processor (SU7300)

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Hello Everyone,

I just got a new laptop that has a 256GB SSD boot drive and a 1TB HDD Storage drive. Dell put 2 recovery partitions and and OEM partition on the SSD and I want to maximize my SSD space. I have already created a USB recovery media but I would like to be able to still reset or refresh my PC if I need to while on the go. Is there a way to move or copy these partitions over to the HDD and have the Windows Recovery Environment still be bootable and the reset and refresh functions still working?

Thanks for the help

Answer:Bootable Recovery Partition on Secondary HDD Storage Drive

from command prompt(admin)
type> diskpart
type> list disk
type> select disk # (# being the disk number for the ssd)
type> list partition
type> exit
type> reagentc /info

post a pic of cmd window

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I have 4 HDDs: 1 x 1TB, 2 x 565GB and 1 x 250GB. The 1TB HDD has windows and all my games etc, one of the 512GB HDDs was used for storing backups and movies, and the other two drives were encrypted using truecrypt, but I rarely used them for anything.

I decided to use the 565GB HDDs in RAID1 so I removed the encryption, made a backup of the data and setup the RAID in the BIOS. I removed the 250GB drive from the computer since I wasn't using it. All seemed good, but when I booted the computer booted to the true crypt boot loader and said "No bootable partition" with no way to bypass the bootloader .

I made sure the 1TB drive was the boot device, but I still get taken to the true crypt boot loader, this drive has NEVER been encrypted.

I used my windows 7 recovery disc to try and run startup repair, it runs, but I still get taken to the boot loader and windows isn't listed in the list of installed operating systems startup repair shows. I tried to repair the MBR, but the repair disc didn't have bootsect.exe on it, I put in the windows 7 install disc and ran it from there, I did NOT reboot using the install disc, just swapped the disc out because the install disc wouldn't let me use the repair option. The repair ran and when I rebooted I got a message saying "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media. Press any key to continue".

Anything else i can try?

Answer:Unable to locate bootable partition. System recovery fails.

Nice fixed that problem, got bootmrg problem which I think I fixed, now its BSOD on windows loading screen

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The Issue: I 've been googling since days for an answer but no luck so far. I would appreciate if somebody can direct me how I may reinstall my operating system from recovery partition. For now, I only can go to my recovery partition using command prompt from vista recovery disk. The operating system has already crashed. But My Acer Aspire 5737z has recovery partition E with all files in it.

The Problem background: During complete recovery of my vista home 32bit OS with Acer recovery program the system crashed. Now everytime I start the PC, the windows tries to load and then an error message appears telling that windows was not set up correctly and I should restart.

Efforts: I downloaded windows recovery iso and corrected the boot errors but same error message continue to come and OS does not load. Using command prompt from vista recovery disk I used imagex command to expand one of the wim files into my C drive. It created windows folder, program files and users folder but there is no other file in c. May be I can manually create some of the boot files or something, but this has not been my field of expertise.

Thanks for reading it and thinking about a solution already.

Answer:acer 5737z vista recovery partition exists but not bootable

I'd suggest ordering a set of recovery disks: Order Recovery Discs (USA)

But first I'd run some free hardware diagnostics just to make sure it's not a hardware problem that's causing your issues:

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

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HI Guys
i really need help in making a DVD bootable disk form dell factory recovery partition, the story started when my computer got so slow and i wanted to make factory recovery to the original as the computer was when i bought it.
during the factory rest something happened and the power was interrupted, therefore the processing was not completed , i tried to do the same procedure but i did nit succeed using F8 ,, and i got always bootMGr problem.. what i did ,i installed another windows 7 professional , the computer now works , but i want to use my original software from dell, the recovery partition is still untouched and can see it... i am wondering how to make DVD bookable disk form this recovery partition as the windows running in the computer now is not as the same as the one originally installed by dell when i bought this computer...
any help highly appreciated

Answer:how to make DVD Bootable disk form factroy Recovery Partition ,

You might be able to access the recovery partition this way:

1. Start computer.
2. Immediately hold down the Ctrl key. At the same time start clicking the F11 key (top row of keyboard.) This may let the computer boot into the recovery partition.
3. If it boots into the recovery partition you should be bale to click "Restore," and then "Confirm" to restore your Dell computer. Click "Finish" when prompted to do so, and then select "Yes" to reboot.
4. You may see a different prompt to click "Next" and click "OK" to reboot depending on your specific computer model

If this doesn't work you might be able to have Dell send you recovery disks for your specific machine free of charge. This is a one time offer.

Dell - Support

If you are a country other than the United States and need to request recovery discs, you will need to contact Tech Support directly.

Dell Contact Technical Support

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Hi eveyone!

I.know some of you may say that there are other posts that have solved this
But my case is particularly different..

My windows froze and crashed this morning.I have a sony vaio eb series laptop core i34gb ram
320hdd... Ive done a number of things:

Tried system restore.didnt work

Tried startup repair...didnt work either.

Tried system recovery but halfway through the formatting it got an error and stopped working.

But it did format my hdd and now i have no windows. And now when i press the f10 key
Which is supposed to take me to vaio recovery, The vaio recovery doesnt load but instead the windows recovery loads files, goes to the windows 7 bootscreen stays there for a while, and finally when i lt moves on it stops at a BLACK SCREEN WITH A CURSOR. Thats it. I have no windows anymore.. F8 wont work anymore. I tried installing through a bootable usb but the same thing happens with that too.. Tried installing xp but it crashes while setup loads.

So now i have no windows
A formatted hdd
F8 key doesnt work
F10 loads windows files boots windows and gets stuck at a black screen with a cursor...


Answer:URGENT.Windows 7 install freeze recovery partition and bootable usb

If you have an activation key you can reinstall windows.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Clean Install Windows 7

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Can I Image my recovery partition and copy it to a new hard drive, and run it somehow? If so how, and what program should I use? I was thinking Macrium Reflect Free. Thanks for your help.

Answer:Failing hard drive- Can I Image my recovery partition and make it bootable?

Any program that clones a given hard drive...leaves an exact image of the drive on the second drive.  Whatever partitions/files the cloned drive contains...the new drive will also have.
If the drive is failing...a successful cloned image/copy may not be possible. 

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I have on CD small system which at computer start boots into.
So, when I want to access this OS, I must to have always CD in drive...
I want to leave CD away and create from this bootable partition on harddisk and will have access to OS directly without CD..

Is it possible? If, how?

Thank you for help.


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How do I make the second partition, which includes all files from another hard drive, pretend that it is the main partition? I want to simulate the second partition being my main one for a while.


How do I resize system partitions?

I am in deep trouble...

A while ago I made a hard drive image with Drive Snapshot ( A few days ago my hard drive crashed and I certainly want to restore it. Although, I can't afford waiting for a new hard drive, and I want to restore it to another computer instead. My goal is to be able to boot into the old system with all programs and settings intact!

- A stationary computer where the hard-drive snapshot resides (300 gb)
- A crashed laptop computer (38,7 gb)
- A target stationary computer with two partitions: (system c: 38,8 gb, d: 38,6 gb)

The problem is I cannot restore the 38,7 gb image file to the d: partition as it is 0,1 gb too small!!

I cannot use the 300 gb computer, and I cannot afford to delete the system partition of the target computer! I see only two options:
1. Resizing the partitions on target computer
2. Mounting the snapshot-image as a virtual drive (done), and copy all files but the movie-files etc to D:

Problems encountered:
1. This is impossible as the C: is the system partition and they cannot be made smaller with programs like Acronis PartitionExpert...
2. Although all files but the movies are copyed, I cannot make it boot!
(method: I use a virtual pc that m... Read more

Answer:How to make second partition bootable / restore hd image when partition is too small?

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

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

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

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I read all the messages about making sure the partition is botable. However nothing was mentioned about changing a partition that has an existing OS working on it from not bootable to bootable.
I have two HDD with two partitions each. One HDD has Windows 98 on partition 1 and storage on partition 2. The other drive has Windows 2000 Pro on partition 1 and Windows XP Home on partition 2.
When I set up my partitions with Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Tools, the only partition that was made bootable was the one active partition with Windows 98. The other three partitions are primary but non-bootable.
I use the Windows loader to access each OS.
Now I need to format the Windows 98 partition but can't take a chance of wiping out the MBR which is on the first disk and thereby having no way to access Windows XP for regular operations until I get 98 working again.

So does anyone knowif it's possible to change the status of a working partition (Windows XP) from non-bootable to bootable without destroying the partition? Other wise I have to completely clean both drives and start over from scratch installing all the OS.

Answer:Change partition from non-bootable to bootable.

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

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

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

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Hi, I own a T60 laptop with Windows XP professional.I bought the Product Recovery CDs separately, around 1 year ago.Now my HDD has completely died, I cannot restore the orginal configuration.So, I got a new HDD, and tried using the product recovery CDs, but realized that I do not have a bootable CD which can ask me to load these product recovery CDs. It seems that Lenovo forgot to ship me this bootable disc - which I have found in forums is called - "Rescue and Recovery CD". How can I get these rescue and recovery CD? Has anybody gone through this?Do I need to buy these CDs again?   I got the following product recovery cds:Main FRU P/N: 43T8618XP-P SP2 Disc 1 of 6: CD P/N 43T8619Disc 2 of 6: CD P/N 43T8620Disc 3 of 6: CD P/N 43T8621Disc 4 of 6: CD P/N 43T8622Disc 5 of 6: CD P/N 43T8623Disc 6 of 6: CD P/N 43T7840  Please help.Peter.     

Answer:Did not receive bootable disc (rescue and recovery CD) along with product recovery CDs.

Anybody - please help.

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I have a Sony Vaio VPCEH25EN and while partitioning I lost somehow have lost the automatic recovery faciltiy that used to recover the whole system from the recovery files stored in a hidden drive.

Now I have copied the contents of the recovery drive using linux but am not able to create a bootable recovery disc with that so that I can recover to the original factory settings as I having a problem with many drivers if I install the same OS separately.

So is there any way that I can create a bootable recovery media for my system from that contents of the recovery drive, just copying in a pendrive or DVD isnt serving the purpose.

Answer:How to creat bootable recovery disc with the contents of recovery drive

Hi and welcome to TSF you should have made recovery disc when you first got your machine there should be software on it to allow you to make the discs all the manuals drivers etc should be here Support for VPCEH25EN : E Series : VAIO? Laptop & Computer : Sony India

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I used CLEAN in DISKPART and i delete all partitions of my only disk.
Now i dont have any OS on my laptop and i want recover partition by "Partition Wizard" or "Test Disk" that can boot from CD but i fear that this bootable program overwrite on my only disk to load itself and some part of my data will be lost.
Am i right?
I must apologize because of my weak language skills.

Answer:May i lost my data in recovery by bootable recovery programs?

It depends on how valuable your data was and much you want to spend to get it back. The best chance you would have of retrieving your data would be to take your hard drive to a professional recovery service, explain to them the exact steps you did to delete your partitions and pay the professionals to retrieve your data.

I have successfully - many, many years ago - recovered a deleted partition using software that I purchased, but I can't remember exactly which software it was - I only used it once.

Software such as this:
Free Partition Recovery Software - EaseUS Partition Recovery.

Is meant to be booted from CD/DVD/USB and not write to the hard drive so that it can read possible markers left on the hard drive to indicate where the partitions used to be and restore them.

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Possibly someone can help me.

*My System:*
Toshiba Satellite L-300 - 1AY
Model#: PSLB8E
SN: Y8099024Q
Currently using Win-Vista Home Premium

I had to replace my HDD due to failure; new disk is working OK. I restored my SW from an older back-up made by Acronis using a USB stick to boot into Acronis recovery and using BU files located on my external USB HDD.
I restored drives C and D as well as WinRE.
I want to reset the system to the factory state and start all fresh!

Unfortunately I can not do a factory restore using F8 because that option is now not offered to me anymore. F8 suggest to restore from optical disks

So I load my recovery DVD disks which I made long ago; to my surprise the ODD does not read the disk. I can not read any CD or DVD and I surmise that my ODD is dead. I checked the DVD medium on another computer: they are OK.

On another system I created a Rescue CD with Parted Magic. My ODD drive could read that CD although very slowly: surprise!

*I would like to create a bootable USB stick from which I want to do a factory restore without using my ODD.*

I have available the Toshiba Recovery DVD disks, I have a copy of the recovery SW that resides normally on drive D, I have a copy of WinRE.

I created already a bootable USB stick to which I copied the contents of the Recovery DVDs. Booting to the stick works fine however it quickly gets stuck because it is waiting for drive E (the ODD) to get ready. Seems (afterw... Read more

Answer:Convert Recovery DVD and/or HDD recovery to bootable USB Stick


Check please follow Toshiba document -
I hope this will help you.
Post please some feedback.

Good luck

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I have a disk that contains a Win7x64 partition. Previously the drive contained a small, active boot partition that would load Windows from the current partition. Now, however, all that I have is the Windows partition. I rebuilt the MBR/Partition table, and my Windows partition is active. Now, I'm trying to build the BCD and related files so that my system will load Windows.

I booted from the Win disk and tried the automatic repair three times, which did not help. So, I tried the following manual operations at the command prompt:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootsect /nt60 all /force
attrib -h -s C:\boot\BCD
del C:\boot\BCD
bcdedit /createstore c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit /store c:\boot\bcd.temp /create {bootmgr} /d "Windows Boot Manager"
bcdedit /import c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=C:
bcdedit /timeout 10
attrib -h -s C:\boot\bcd.temp
del c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit /create /d "Microsoft Windows" /application osloader
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} device partition=C:
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} osdevice partition=C:
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} systemroot \Windows
bcdedit /displayorder {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c}

Every command completed successfully, but Windows will not start. The system boots, but hangs with a cursor in a black screen. I can't think of any oth... Read more

Answer:Making a Windows partition bootable without a "reserved" partition

Those edits are old school, XPired methods that leave you without WinRE and other important functions. We use automated methods now since there are many more parameters requiring testing and repair than just the BCD when you change the Active boot partition.

Mark the Win7 partition Active, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

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Hi all,

winxp_sp2/home on a toshiba laptop reboots a few times and then this "No bootable partition in table" appears. Any fixes for this? Thank you.

Answer:No Bootable Partition

The MBR stores the information on the partitions in a "partition table" within the MBR - if this is the case, it's likely to be a corruption of the MBR. BUT, this could also mean that there is a corruption in the boot sector on the partition that you're trying to use, that there's no Operating System recognized on the partition that you're trying to use, or that there's an issue with either the file system on the disk or with the disk itself.The simplest thing to try would be "fixmbr", "fixboot", and "chkdsk /r" from the Recovery Console. Here's a link on how to use the Recovery Console:

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Question: Bootable Partition

This one is driving me mad...

I had Windows XP Sp2 installed on the C Drive of my PC. (so far so good)

Unfortunately, I have had issues with the hard drive before (It suddenly loses the system) but I did a clean install and all was working fine for a month. Then I had the "cannot find system 32" thing happen again.

I got peeved, and installed XP SP2 on the 2nd (D Drive) as a clean install, then deleted the windows folder from the C Drive.

Now when I boot up, I have to chose between OS's - one on the D Drive, and one on the C Drive (which doesn't have an OS). Even weider, when I remove the C Drive, and use jumpers to make the D Drive the master drive the computer says that there are no bootable drives and will not start. I have changed the bios settings and boot order settings

Is there a way to make what was the D drive my main drive, and remove the C Drive? (Without doing another clean install?)

Sorry if this has been answered before, but I couldn't quite work out what to search for...

Answer:Bootable Partition

Simply put, Yes.I assume you mean you have two HDDs? Particularly when you mentioned Jumpers?when I remove the C Drive, and use jumpers to make the D Drive the master drive the computer says that there are no bootable drives and will not start.The exact same thing will apply if you have two Partitions on the same HDD, called C: and D:.Installing any Windows OS on two Partitions or HDDs will always lead to a BIOS Conflict. Windows gets confused.,It is a Handy trick to enable a Save of Data to another Partition/Hdd, but has the Problem that you see.If setting your D:Drive up as Main drive does not work to show it as C:Drive to let your BIOS recognise it as C: Drive could indicate Malware.Just set up D: Drive as Main Drive and remove all Partitions on it, then reset Partitions, reinstall Windows XP. Leave off the C:Drive while you do it. Then set the C: Drive as a Slave.Post back, if it is different?Malware is suspected.Ray.

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I have an HP pavilion dv6 that came with windows 7 64 bit. But I'd like to install Windows 8 on a separate partition. I tested this out on another computer and was able to successfully make a bootable partition and run both windows 7 and windows 8. But when it comes to my dv6 I'm having issues. At first I found online that a dynamic partitions can't install windows and that only 4 partitions max per drive. Did some more searching and found out that I could just delete my hp_tools and recovery partitions after I make a backup. And even though I did that, I still get dynamic partitions. Keeping me from installing any other os.

Answer:I can't make a bootable partition

See if you can figure out how you got in this predicament from looking at these tutorials...
Windows 7 Forums the biggest Windows 7 help and support forum, friendly help and many Windows 7 tutorials that will help you get the most out of Microsofts new Windows 7 Operating System. - Search Results for Dynamic to Basic

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How do I make a bootable DOS partition ? I already created a FAT32 75MB partition on my HDD and copied all of the DOS 6.22 files to it using acronis, but for some reason acronis OS selector does not see the parttition and only gives me the option to boot to windows xp pro. I would use a floppy drive to boot up DOS but the blasted drive is giving me problems. plus I need to fix a bad msiflashed DVD-RW via through DOS

Answer:Need to Know how to make a Bootable DOS partition

You need to do an actual install for the MBR to be edited properly.
You could try adding the "boot" files (config.sys, io.sys, directly to the partition, and running fixmbr from windows recovery console, but I've never tried it that way...

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I've been trying to create a bootable Win7 for my notebook using my 320GB external hard drive. The problem is I have other files in there too. I made a small (10GB) partition in the 320GB HD and formatted in FAT32. The problem is all the available software around that automate the Win7-USB process format the entire hard drive and not just that 10GB partition which I specified.
I wonder if there is a way to use just the 10GB partition.

Answer:Making just 1 USB partition bootable

Not sure I follow all of that, but I don't think Windows will boot from an external drive.

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My mom could not turn on her computer this morning because the screen would remain black and give her the message "bootable partition in table".

Resetting the computer doesn't do anything, so we're a little stuck. Help would be appreciated.


EDIT: Sorry, it's a Windows XP Home Edition.

Answer:bootable partition in table?

Take a look here. Got google?

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Hi I need some help. I am working on this desktop PC and it had some "virus,spyware" in it. I used Malewarebytes to remove it in safe mode. After I deleted all the infected files, it came up with "No bootable partition in table". Please help me out on this. I would like to know if the files can be recovered from that HDD. Thank you.

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hi, well i have 2 OS on my laptop, one was winXP and 7, I had windows XP on my C: drive, then i installed windows 7 in my D: drive, everything was great i loved windows 7 so i decided to remove windows xp, i put in the windows 7 instalation dvd and booted from it and deleted the C: partition, then i rebooted my Laptop and it told me no boot device found, luckly i was able to re-install windows 7 on my C drive without formating the hole HD, so basicly i now have 2 windows 7 on 1 PC and all my files are on the D: drive, so i need to know how can i make my PC boot up from the D: drive so that i can later delete the C: drive without having the same "no boot device" problem.

and also i left a pic so you can see whats going on

Also i just found out that it seems like i only have 1 OS on my pc, when i had windows xp i would get the dual boot menu now i dont, the new windows 7 starts up automaticlly

Answer:Making a partition bootable

Deleted the entire mess.

Kept making one mistake after another.

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Instead of writing a image to my USB drive, I selected my C:\ where XP was installed, immediately I realized and stopped the process. But the XP stopped booting, so I reinstalled XP on the 2nd partition [which was my D: before]

If you look at the attached image, the first NTFS 1.46GB and the second 'unformatted' partitions were together my C: before

Third partition is my new XP Install.

I need to know if there is a way to recover the 1st and 2nd partition together so that I can get my earlier XP ?

Answer:Recover my bootable partition

Any help here please?

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Using the system below, I've tried to install my retail licensed copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit in a partition I created. This is a new system under extended warranty so OVERWRITING or REPLACING the OEM OS is not desirable. The installation went all the way to the end and gave me an error message hardware not compatible with the OS being installed. I pretty much followed this tutorial:
How to Dual Boot Pre installed Windows 8 with Windows 7
I have a legacy Microsoft Train Simulator which I need to have run for the purpose of creating content. It worked fine with Windows 7. 10 collective years of those working with this program have pretty much concluded it won't run with Windows 8.x. When I first received this system, with the help of Dell technical support, we overwrote the factory installation with Windows 7 and it worked flawlessly, including the simulator. Changes were made in the F2 setup utility. Shortly after that I made the decision, perhaps stupidly, to return the system to it's factory configuration since that's what I paid for.
Any additional help would be appreciated.
Hank Sundermeyer
Newark, DE

DELL XPS 9530 Laptop
Windows 8.1 64bit
4th Gen Intel Quad Core i7-4712HQ CPU 3.3 GHz
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx2)

Answer:Not able to get Windows 7 in bootable partition

Since you have a quad core it may be fast enough to load Windows 7 as a guest OS using the free VMWare Player. The player is very easy to set up. Once W7 is installed opt to install VMWare Tools when prompted. It will let you drag and drop files from W8 to W7 and vice versa.

I have tried getting W7 x64 to boot as a VHD several times with no luck. But it works fine, if a bit slower, in VMWare Player.

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how can i make my other partition bootable using easybcd?

Answer:how can i make my other partition bootable?

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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I have a question on deleting my old XP bootable partition. I have this arrangement on one drive:
Primary Logical Primary
XP-SP3....... data........ Win-7 64bit
D: ................ E: .............. C:
The data partition is set up as drive E: and contains multiple files, including "my documents".
XP was on the system 1st, then Win 7 was added.
Both OS’s are bootable and show up and system startup.

I followed the procedure below and when I re-booted Win7 it showed my login background wallpaper and userids, but when I logged in to any of them, I got an empty (light-blue) background, no "start" button or task bar and a message in the bottom right corner saying it was not a genuine copy of Windows 7. I did a system restore from images.
My system is now back to where it was before I started.
What did I do wrong??

Procedure I followed (all partitioning done via bootable Partition Wizard):Deleted the data partition (after saving it elsewhere)
Deleted the XP partition
Moved the win7 partition to 1st position on the drive
Marked the Win7 partition active
Tried to run system repair from my original Win7 DVD (but it said it did not match the version of the OS I was trying to repair) so I used the system restore disk I made after saving my images (glad I am paranoid enough to have made one)
Ran the system repair 3 times
No luck, so restored all 3 partitions from images.
I also had to delete the E: partition to be able to move the Win7 partition to the beg... Read more

Answer:remove XP bootable partition

[QUOTE=DocDJ;1360235]Tried to run system repair from my original Win7 DVD (but it said it did not match the version of the OS I was trying to repair)[quote]
This happens if you have installed SP1 and you original does not include SP1. Repair will work if you uninstall sp1, run "repair your computer" from the original disk to rebuild boot loader, then reinstall SP1. At least it worked for me.

If you are saying you have also restored the xp partition, use bcdedit freeware to delete it.

If you are not using it, minitool partition wizard works well for partition rearrangement.
Free Partition Magic alternative. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows 7/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.

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Windows says C:/ is the boot partition, but partition Wizard says D:/ is.

D: is formatted, but "system volume" info remains. How can I get rid of that?

Answer:Bootable partition confusion

Delete the D partition?

Or do you have something on it?

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I have a issue with my Sony Vaio laptop. Currently loaded with PCLINUXOS I want to restore XP that was once on it.

The CD drive is not detected think its completely dead from how old the laptop is. Bios does not detect any type of USB as a bootable option.

I tried swapping the drive with a Dell laptop hardrive but that stop in the middle of XP loading screen since the motherboards are different it cant boot all the way into Windows.

How anyone come across any articles that describe how to store a Windows Install on a 2nd partition, seeing how that would be the only option since the CD drive is not available anymore (did a search on Google shopping)

Answer:Possible to install XP from bootable partition?

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I was wondering if anyone knew which app has the ability to

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set up

2 partitions, c and d, c has my windows files (xp pro), d is pretty much empty*


I need to get my system to be able to boot from c:


1. somehow my active partition is d, but all my windows files are in c. (d is currently the active partition but d has 3 key boot files that are allowing me to start the my only windows stallation (residing in c)
2. d has 3 critical files (ntldr, boot, and config), if I were to remove this files, I'm not able to boot. (I have tried.. as you can see below)

what I have tried

1. I have run fixboot and fixmbr from winxp pro install media. no change.
2. I have tried to make c the active partition with knopixx live cd and I have put the critical files mentioned above within the c (which seem pretty logical to me but somehow no change, I get an error message ( I can't recall the message exactly but it's basically telling me that I have no boot disk where they systems looks at.

How I came to have the problem

I'm not sure
I had cleaned installed win xp on c, and I had left d for data, then I installed linux with wubi and I used d for my linux/ubuntu/wubi file installation. then I had some problems with my windows installation so I had to clean reinstall windows on c, when I came to check how my system was booting somehow d was the active parition and this critical files came to be installed there, now, I need d to clean install fedora but I'm afraid I can use the d partition freely as lon... Read more

Answer:How to make xp partition bootable

Boot into Safe Mode and copy those files from the D: drive and put them on the Root of the C: Drive. Now, rename the files on the D: drive (ex) NTLDR.old. Now boot with the XP CD and get to the Recovery Console and type FIXBOOT.

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hi there,

I have a computer with an SSD that I would like to remove. I have copied both partitions associated with the OS over to another drive using a live gparted usb stick. pretty sure this wasn't the way to go, as it says that the system couldn't find the drive (presumably because the boot sector pointed to the previous drive that I removed rather than the copy I made) sorry I couldn't remember the actual message....

I'm pretty sure I could fix this (maybe?) if I could find a way of getting a windows recovery usb drive, which from my searching seems impossible without a CD Drive (which I don't have). MS seems to have done a good job clearing all the recovery ISO downloads off the net and for some reason the "make a system recovery disk" in control panel requires you to have a DVD drive and wont just give you the file.

So... im either looking for a way to get a recovery USB drive or a better way to copy a bootable partition... I think

Cheers guys!

Answer:copying bootable partition

You could try Clonezilla Live to clone the hard drive, it will boot from a Usb stick :-

I haven't used it myself but it has a good reputation.

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I am looking for a FREE partition software that I can make a bootable usb drive to repartition a hard drive. All of the other programs I have tried, the usb bootable drive feature is in the "premium" part of the software. Thanks in advance.

Answer:USB bootable partition software

Take a look at that- combined with a free partition tool, that should help

Take a look at PartedMagic which has an older free version which may work for yo

Download for PartedMagic at the site is where you see Download Parted Magic ISO file - 336.00 MB


Parted Magic is a free, light Linux distribution that contains one of the best collection of open source software. It comes with popular partitioning (GParted), recovering data (PhotoRec), disk cloning (CloneZilla) and a lot of other useful programs (Disk Eraser, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Partimage, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc). Parted Magic is a free Linux OS that offers support for all major file systems, including those from Windows such as FAT, NTFS or Mac OS X - HFS and HFS+. Although Parted Magic is a Linux-based live CD, there's no install required which makes it a great tool for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X users. It has an enourmous amount of features (not a complete list):

Note: Version 2013.08.01 was the last "free" version of this magnificent app. If you wish to download the latest version, you will have to pay a small fee to be able to download the latest version of Parted Magic. The current version listed here is no longer updated.Click to expand...

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I was wondering if anyone knew which app has the ability to

make a bootable recovery disk (an image)and burn it to DVD, so that I can reinstall my operating system quickly.


Answer:Bootable DVD of OS recorded from a partition

Sorry about the double post ....

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Hello all,
Great site, first post!

I'm not a complete newbie, but need some help here..

So, I'm helping a friend out with their hp pavilion pc, running Windows XP Home
Primarily I am cleaning it out as it doesn't havet antivirus or firewall... yes you guessed it, it's full of spyware, viruses and trojans.. it's a mess, the worst I have seen.

Anyhow, I have removed most except for one stubborn popup adware.
The only way to properly clean it is booting into Safe Mode, which I tried over and over, while trying different things, then I decide to try running checkdisk... which is a no-go too (Cannot access volume)

Then I have a brilliant idea, I would put this hard drive as a slave, and pop in one of my hard drives (running win2k) so I can access it and run checkdisk, which I did and it completed.

So, then I take out my drive, hook the other one back up as primary and upon booting up, I get a black screen that only says No Bootable Partition Table
How the heck does check disk remove the boot partition?

What to do? I don't have the winXP disc
Can I try booting with win98 floppy or even win2k boot cd to get to a command prompt and run fdisk /mbr ? - Will that work?

Or any suggestions, very much appreciated

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Since I'm not an expert at present, I can't do a lot to help others in this forum solve their problems. So I figure that the most helpful thing I can do is post enough information that hopefully others can learn from my experiences. That's why I'm putting so much documentation into this thread.

I have a WD 2TB external hard drive that I use for both System Image and data file backups. A week ago, I was trying to resize one of its partitions, and the process got hung up partway through. I took some steps to try to address any problems that may have resulted, but apparently I didn't do enough.

Here's the background:

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

I was using Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 to resize a partition on a WD 2TB external hard drive. I let the process run overnight, and somehow it was interrupted during the Quick Data Moving step. Upon resuming, the program indicated it had data that still needed to be moved so I let it continue.

The process apparently stopped at the "Rebuilding Partitions Info" stage - neither the percent complete, nor the elapsed time, nor the time had remaining changed for at least the past 3-4 hours. (Until it suddenly stopped, the elapsed time had been steadily growing.)

I've attached a screenshot showing the Paragon dashboard and status windows.

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

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Answer:Resize Partition Failure (Part 2) - PW Partition Recovery found issues

I read about PW Partition Recovery in one of the tutorials, so I ran a Quick Scan of the entire 2TB drive, with the following results (see screen shot).

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If a machine has a bootable Ghost Partition, and windows xp installed - how can I get it to boot from the Ghost partition so that I can re-image it?

Answer:Bootable Ghost Partition / Windows XP

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Long story short: I was messing with my partitions and now my main OS partition is dynamic. I need to boot the bootable partition wizard.iso file from my usb to fix this problem. How do I go upon doing that? I could always burn it but I don't have any DVDs/CDs on me.

Answer:How do I boot Partition Wizard bootable cd from my USB?

Download Universal USB Installer Universal USB Installer ? Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux and use it to create the bootable pendrive with Partition Wizard Boot CD ISO.


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Having trouble with this seemingly simple operation

I have downloaded the pwhe.iso file as suggested in one the tutorials, I have used Nero 6 to burn an ISO CD, added the downloaded file pwhe.iso then selected a boot menu from a newly formatted floppy in my A: drive.
I changed the boot in the BIOS to my CD drive and when it booted it ended in a dos screen with A:\ and a flashing cursor. I entered pwhe.iso but that did not work.

I then repeated the burning with the boot menu selected as UK 'Locale' this time on booting the message appeared:

1 FD 1.44mb System Type-(06)
starting Caldera DR-DOS
EMM386 3.27 Copyright (c) 1992, 1998 Caldera, Inc. All rights reserved

Still no boot up. I now have a few new 'Coasters' for my mugs.

I have as I see it done everything right but got it wrong somewhere, any clues as to what to do would be very helpful

I burned at 52 and at 32 speeds to see if this made a difference, it didn't. All disks were verified after burning.

Answer:Partition Wizard, making a bootable CD

Try using ImgBurn The Official ImgBurn Website and burn at x4 speed see if that helps.Make sure you use a cd not a dvd as it works best that way.
Make sure bios priority is set to boot from the cd first.The cd should just boot to the PW splash screen, just follow the on screen prompts.


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I have just completed the makeup of a newsletter - a month's solid work Logged off to take a break - try to logon again and got the above message ' 'invalid or damaged bootable partition' - I feel sick. I hadn't backed it up yet!
I guess it's pretty serious Windows 7 Dell Studio 10 monts old.

Answer:Invalid or damaged bootable partition

What is the model number of your machine?

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Been looking over programs to make my restore cd. Have right now perfect time. Freshly reinstalled xp home with drivers and everything updated. Seems that a lot of free bakup-imaging programs like easus-macrium do not include WIN PE. Acronis has free trial, but then do you not have to have the program installed for it to do restore.?
From what i gather you can make one dvd that will boot and restore your image.(provided your image is small enough- my used space is at about 5 Gb.)
Also have a ubuntu distro on same hard drive. I use it for internet surfing. There is also a separate partition for data. ubuntu lxle is on its own partition. I only want to make dvd for restoring xp home partition.
Attached screen shot of disk management .

Answer:Solved: partition image dvd - bootable

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Please help me what to do after i plugged the new seagate barracuda 7200 - SATA HDD 250GB[ST325310AS] as bootable for XP professional OS.
I had got this new HDD as replacement from seagate.
So i need what to do if all i plugged the cables into motherboard, then putting the Windows OS XP professional CD, then guide me what to do by step by step what options should i choose to format,partition and installation.
My motherboard is Intel DG35EC.
I don't know what is Master,slave, primary,...
Just tell me step by step which options should i choose to for partition my hard disk into 4 or 5 partitions.
How to do this, then tell me what to choose whether FAT or NTFS ?
In future i want another OS for dual booting might be vista or windows 7 in D drive[in this same HDD].
So please tell me what to choose the options.
I have only this new sata hdd for bootable

Please guide me.

Answer:Installing New SATA HDD as Bootable and how to partition ?

please help me for guiding.

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i have a samsung netbook n210.

when my netbook was returned from the repair shop, my hard drive is already partitioned into two.
it's bothering me so i combined them.
i searched for it before doing it, its safe they said, just make sure the other drive is empty.
it was a success. but after i turned it on again.. an error appeared.

BOOTMGR is missing
press ctrl+alt+delete

since i dont have a disk drive 'coz its a netbook..
i have a spare disk of windows 7 starter 32bit.
i copied it's contents on my usb.

then, i changed the boot order so i can boot my usb.

then another problem appeared again,

no bootable partition in table

oh no. i dont know what to do now T_T

thank you for reading this and hope u can help me out...

Answer:BOOTMGR problem + no bootable partition

You need to mark the partition containing the boot files ACTIVE.

That might the windows 7 partition - or if you have a separate 100mb partition - that will the one you need to mark active.

If you don't have a dvd drive - you need to boot something from usb stick which will let you do that.

It is possible with windows 7 installation installation media - you need to select Repair my computer at the bottom left of the "Install Now " window.

If you run startup repair a few times, it will try and guess which partition it should set active.

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Hi, I am really in need of help right now . Please i want to know how to create a window 7 bootable partition. Thank you

Answer:making windows 7 bootable partition

You install win7, which in turn, makes the 1st primary partition bootable.Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: Sorry no tech support via PM's

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I ran into an issue. I had a working Vista, but I had an issue with it and had to reinstall (because that is the solution to everything with windows). So I installed another Vista to another partition, but the problem is that the new Vista doesn't have the files required to boot because the older partition has.

So how can I make my C: (new Vista) as bootable and delete D: (old Vista)?

Answer:Setting Vista partition as bootable

Run Startup Repair by booting from the installation DVD. On the first screen select the option to install, BUT on the second screen select the "Repair this computer" option in the lower left part of the screen.

Once it loads you should be presented a choice of which installation to repair. Choose the new one and let the Startup Repair routine finish. Then reboot and you should be able to boot into the new insallation.

Once you get into the new installation, post back and someone will help you get rid of the old installation.

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Hi guys,

I was wondering if the following is possible. I have a LiveCD that I can boot from. I want to create an ISO image of this CD, then create a hard drive partition on my PC and copy the ISO file to this partition and be able to boot from it. I'm running Windows XP. Could anyone tell me if this is at all possible?


Answer:How can I create bootable HD partition from ISO image?

The only way that would work is in a VM. PC's cannot boot from ISO images.

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Hi everyone:)
I am trying to find out a way by which I can reclaim the space allocated for linux on my system - just want to know how to do it, as I think I will soon want to remove Linux. One page a I visited had a section on deleting the linux partitions due to fdisk not being able to detect linux partition and hence advocated the use of Ranish partition manager. It says :Format a floppy (format /s) and unzip the contents of the file (where vvv is the version you have downloaded) to this floppy and you are ready to begin. The trouble is I dont have a floppy drive in my puter, so is there a way to make a bootable cd with the Ranish on it? Please do help me out.(Sorry for being such a pest-the site's search doesn't work well btw).Oh heck now I cant subscribe to my thread either ughhh :(

Answer:Bootable XP cd for Ranish partition manager

While replying please do bear in mind that I am a computer newbie who has never made a bootable cd of XP. I am trying to read up on it but the pages I visited just made me more confused.*ugh* Also, I can just copy my winXP cd using nero and that works well for booting from the cd so why a different 'boot cd' ? I also tried my Nero Express's 'create a bootable data disk' option and doing that just brings up the window to add files and I dunno what files I am supposed to add. Should I just add all the files on my original XP cd? Please do help me. Oh and try to keep it simple for poor me's sake :)

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I can't seem to create a bootable Partition Magic CD. From Win7, I went to Nero 7 Ultra write bootable CD mode and dragged the relevant files from my Partition Magic 8.0 disc and burned a CD-R. The CD boots, but leaves me in A: with no indication of how to find the CD drive so I can execute the PM .exe file. I have no way of knowing if the CD drive driver is present nor the drive letter for the drive. I did a DIR of all the drives listed during the boot process and they are all my HD drives.

I Googled how to do this and found PM 8.05 image download and burned that in ISO mode, no boot. Burned it in "bootable CD" mode and get the same results as 1st try above where there's no apparent CD driver nor drive letter.

I did not try it under XP and know that Nero 7 is problematical with Win7, but the BurningROM stuff has always worked in terms of just burning ISO or music.

How the heck do you do this?


Answer:Solved: bootable Partition Magic CD

IMHO Partion Magic is the worst partition software in the world. I had so many problems with it I threw it away.

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Okay, so I just brought an external hard drive and am currently formatting two partitions, a 20GB one (for XP) and a 50GB one (for Vista). I'm planning to backup files and then reinstall Vista on my desktop along with all the usual programs and music I have and then do it again for with XP for my laptop. What I wish to do is create a bootable ghost image of both hard disks and save them to the external one. The only problem is, I do not know how to create a bootable ghost image. I'm also wondering if it is even possible to create a bootable ghost image especially when the it is a USB hard drive.

Answer:How Do You Create A Bootable Vista And Xp Partition?

If the purpose for making a bootable ghost image is to save the partition for later restoration, then this is easy to do with several 3rd party apps. If it's for the purpose of booting the image off of the USB drive, then it's not so easy to do.Acronis True Image (approx $50 US) will allow you to make an image of your hard drive, and will also have you make bootable media (a CD/DVD) so that you can boot from it and restore the image off of the USB drive. I haven't tried any of the freeware applications that do this, so I'm afraid I can't recommend any (check this topic for some suggestions: you want to boot off the USB drive to reinstall the image, then that'll be more difficult. You'll have to make the USB drive bootable with an OS that will recognize USB devices and will match with the image software restore program.If you're just trying to boot to the OS on the USB drive, then that'll be even more difficult (and I don't know about doing it with Vista). I considered trying this with XP at one point (and found this article: ) but found it to be too much trouble for me.

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I have a Lenovo Model H420 system Purchased 4/2012. It has had its issues along the way since I have had it for some time. this morning it did some updates, goes to restart and i get the message Invalid or damaged bootable partition. It  won't start and says it can not start so does these certain tests. I have done those tests numerous times and i still get the same message. Is it hopeless for me unless I get a repair job that will cost (maybe) about the same price as a new computer. Any suggestions or bits of information or even sorrow for me will be a very pleasant thing for me.Thank you so much 

Answer:"invalid or damaged bootable partition"

hi Debbie1346,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
It's possible that those updates that were installed corrupted a few system files that are needed to boot Windows, causing the invalid or damaged bootable partition error.
Things that you can try:
1. If you haven't created a recovery media using this methond, press F2 upon boot-up to run OneKey Recovery and restore Windows to its factory settings.
2. if Step 1 doesn't work, you will need to contact lenovo and order a recovery disc.
    - Support phone list
3. If you have the H420 that's preloaded with Win7 Home Premium SP1, try to create a bootable Win7 Home Premium SP1 installer (see this guide) and boot from it. If successful, press F10 to open a command prompt on the Win7 setup screen and run these commands:
- System File Checker
- MBR restore
If nothing works, reintall Win7 on top of your Win7 installation to do a repair install (note that you will need to re-install your programs) then activate Windows by phone.

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I need to know a way to create a bootable USB drive that will let me use partition programs.

Anyone have an idea on that??

Answer:is there a way to create a bootable USB that will allow partition management?

are you saying diskpart doesn't work with your current boot drive, or are you asking for a GUI type modern partition program like partition magic or something?

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I have this computer.  When I turned it on this morning I got the message "Invalid or damaged Bootable partition".
I have "One Key Recovery" that will rewrite the HD to factory settings but that seems a little drastic.
I also have a Norton Ghost image that is a few months old.  There is no way to test the integrity of the image before using it.
My research says I may have a damaged MBR and if I can restore it that will fix the problem.  The only bootable medium I have is a Linux Mint 17 DVD.  Can I repair the MBR with it?  How?  Could it be some other problem?

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Hi people,

my dads bought a mini laptop (intel atom, no cd drive)

It DID have a partition drive until he decided to format it.. :cry

Im trying to create a ghost partition that does not require the use of a cd (there is no cd drive on the laptop).

Ideally I would like a ghost image on a seperate partition, where if you press F11 (or some key) during boot up, it will restore the image from the ghost drive. (without the use of a cd or usb device)

I have norton 15 (legit), no idea if you can do it using this software..

..any help on this would be awesome! hope I havent confused your all haha. (3:19am, bit sleepy)

Answer:Creating a bootable HD partition for ghost?

Hi sheepondrugs,

This is Mike from the Norton Support Team.

Norton Ghost 15 does not have the ability to make a partition on your drive bootable. However, the Symantec Ghost solution would be able to create a bootable partition for you. Please see the product information in the link below.

Symantec Ghost suite information

Thank you,

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I am using the program Partition Wizard Bootable CD to run diagnostic tests. I want to run File System check but I cannot click on it in the menu - blanked out.
does anyone know why please

Answer:Help needed with Partition Wizard Bootable CD

Would you happen to have a Windows XP or Windows 7 Disc lying around someplace?
Windows XP SetupUseful for Managing & Creating new Partitions with ease.

Windows 7 SetupUseful for almost EVERYTHING pertaining to a Drive before OS Boot.

If you have a Windows 7 Disc, pop it in, restart your PC. Boot from the Disc, choose "Repair my Computer" and select one of the options available. The most useful tool, in my opinion, would be the access to the Command Prompt.

The Default Start-Up Drive in "PriorBoot Prompt" is X:\Simply type in C:\ {Hit Enter} to "Hook" to the C Drive.Now, feel free to run the /sfc scannow, or chkdsk /f to check for System File issues.
Hope all is well.

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Hi folks , i ran Mbar as i do every once in a blue moon for peace of mind and a message popped up relating to my SSD, as you can see in the screenshot , is this something to worry about ?

I have always used just one 240 GB SSD and it is also a boot device , i installed Win 10 clean and formatted then deleted just like i have always done to just one 240 gig empty partition and then clicked next .

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This could just as easily be a hardware problem so feel to move it as appropriate.
I bought this  computer on November 17 so the worst case scenario is that it's still under warranty.  It wasn't $300 then, it was $200.
A program crashed and after repeated attempts to restart it crashed every time.  Thinking it might help I rebooted the computer and got the error message "Invalid or damaged Bootable partition" and it failed to boot.  This comes up after the logo displays so I should be able to get into the UEFI.  I haven't tried yet.  I made one attempt to restart after leaving it powered down for a half hour but now it's just powered down.
This is the same computer I tried to install Mint on but I never wrote GRUB and all of the Mint data is still sitting there in its various partitions and it has never interfered with Windows.
I can probably rescue a lot of data with my Mint DVD and an external HD, and I have an old Ghost image but I'd rather fix the damaged bootable partition.  Can you help?  I have just now started Googling this.
PS.  I don't have a real install disk.  Just a "recovery partition" that will restore the factory default OS.  Before I did that I'd just wipe it and put Windows 7 on it.

Answer:Invalid or damaged Bootable partition

Fixed!  Here's how. Although this is a log shot it's quick and harmless.
Once the system has started up, the first thing you want to do is choose Places \ Computer from the menu.

This should show you all the drives available in the system, including your Windows drive. In my case, that is the 52.4 GB volume.

You can try and double-click on the drive to open it… and if it immediately works then lucky you!
God bless you, Linux!

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When I first got this product, before opening I thought that all the 500gb would go to the first partition, but then I saw that the recovery partition has half of the 500gb just for recovery which is unnessecery.

But I had no problem with this at the time, and used the recovery partition(after saving to a disk) for ubuntu so I could have a dual boot.

But now I've came to realise that the games I'm downloading are taking more and more room up on my C drive. The problem I have is that I can shrink my recovery partition and enlarge the C drive.

Does anyone know a work around?

Answer:Satellite Pro C660-225: Shrinking recovery partition englarge C partition

You will need an 3rd party software to shrink the recovery partition and to add the free space the existing C partition.
I would recommend you an freeware tool called Gparted

But before you would start doing this, create a recovery disk!
This is advisable in case you would try to set the notebook back to factory settings using such disk.

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currently I am using vista ultimate. I have only one partition (C:)

i want to install vista home premium onto (C:) but my dvd/cd drive does not work. I do not have (or want to use) a portable DVD/CD drive to reformat.

Im thinking of creating another partition (D:) and then transfering the "bootable folder for home premium", from another computer to (D:) via usb drive.

Can I boot from this new partition (D:) and reformat (C:)?


Answer:HELP! No CD Drive, want to make recovery partition to format main partition

Hi -

Shrink the HDD -->

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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

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

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

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

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hmmm what do i do just type in here?
I have a question on making my external hard drive the master (and only) hard drive on my new desktop. unfortunately i have no internal hd, just the one or this would be easy.
i created a bootable partition on my new external for win 7 and it loads up the win 7 startup; but when it asks which drive to install windows onto it wont let me (something about not able to install onto usb device.) im assuming this is a redundancy because i have the 'startup disk' on the same drive and partition that im trying to install win 7 to. my question is this: can i create a second partition on my hd instead of making the whole bootable partition over again on a flash drive (which i dont have)?
ill tag the youtube vid i used to make the .exe file

Answer:second partition on top of bootable win 7 partition?

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Hello everyone I have copied the contents of a windows 7 x64 installation DVD onto a hard disk partition. This is so I can launch installation and recovery's from disk without the need for a DVD or DVD-drive. Can anybody tell me how to make this partition bootable ?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Make Windows 7 installation partition bootable

Just use easybcd to add a boot menu entry for that partition. If you dont know what I'm talking about, follow this tut.

Recovery Partition - Create

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I get the message 'no bootable partition in table' when starting the computer.
However, the computer is ok and the HDD has no problems, I know this because i using grub and 'boot windows', everything starts up fine.
How can i fix this?
Thanks for any help

Also, strangely, if i use the XP CD, and choose to boot to there, but when i say it says 'press any key to boot from cd', if i leave it, it will also boot fine.

Answer:no bootable partition in table - but can still boot with grub

Are you trying to dual boot with a version of Linux? Sounds like the Linux partition may be gone.


Originally Posted by Falc

I get the message 'no bootable partition in table' when starting the computer.
However, the computer is ok and the HDD has no problems, I know this because i using grub and 'boot windows', everything starts up fine.
How can i fix this?
Thanks for any help

Also, strangely, if i use the XP CD, and choose to boot to there, but when i say it says 'press any key to boot from cd', if i leave it, it will also boot fine.

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Can anyone tell me a simple way to create a bootable parition on my SATA C: drive. (300GB) I am using partition magic but seem to be going round in circles!Any help, appreciated.

Answer:Creating bootable partition in SATA drive.

Hi,Try downloading this complete Partition Magic 8 guide (click here) its in PDF Format, you may have some better luck with that :)

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Hi ppl,

Didn't know where to put this as its software and hardware problem lol. so put it in two sections... Mods feel free to move/delete if in wrong section.

Right, I have two hard drives currently in my comp, both with XP Home installed. Both ATA. One is 250 gig (primary drive) and one is 40 gig (secondary).

I decided to reformat the 40 gig and install a fresh copy of XP. The install went fine however I have now lost access to boot onto the 250 gig. I can still access it from My Computer on 40 gig, the BIOS still picks it up on startup and its set as Primary Master, although it was set as Primary Slave before the reformat. Before BIOS used to give me the option to choose which drive I wanted to boot, which has now disapeared...

However if I look through msconfig BOOT.INI on the 40 gig thats working, it doesn't seem to pick up the other copy of Windows installed on the 250. Usually would be able to see all copies of Windows but can only see the 40 gig.

Things I have tried so far:
Set 250 and 40 to Primary Master/Slave and vica versa. didn't work
Reset BIOS. didn't work
Unplugged 40 gig but system tells me 'DISK BOOT FAILURE, ENTER SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER'

I am stuck and have no idea what to do... Any ideas?


Answer:Lost a bootable partition/copy of XP.... kind of

duplicate post

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How can i create bootable cd to run ghost images from partition

Answer:Create bootable cd to run OS ghost images from partition

Why are you using Ghost with Windows 7? Why not use the backup and restore function built into Windows 7?Ghost doesn't work well with SATA hard drives if at all. Depends on which version you have.

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I have a Dell Latitude C400 laptop with no CD-ROM drive from which to install Windows XP. However, I do have a second laptop I can use to manipulate the hard drive and copy files onto it.At the moment, I have created two partitions on the hard drive; the active partition is about 1GB, and I copied the Windows XP setup CD to it. The other partition uses the rest of the space on the drive and will be home to my installation. The plan is to install the HDD back into the C400, boot to the setup partition, and install Windows to the larger partition. I would then move the HDD back to my second laptop and use a special boot CD I have to go in and change the larger partition to the active partition.The problem is that the setup partition will not boot like the setup CD; I get an NTLDR error. What can I set up on the setup partition that will boot up and start the Windows setup program?

Answer:How do I create a bootable Windows XP install partition?

You need to install MS-DOS in the 1GB partition.Copy over the contents of the Windows XP CD in to the partition.Boot MS-DOS and run the install: is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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i will be using this guide to partition my vista drive for xp pro. it says to use g parted here: i cant seem to burn the iso right. im using cdburner xp pro and it doesnt boot itself like it should am i doing something wrong or is there a easier approach to this? please help.

Answer:Make Bootable Disc To Partition Vista

Make sure you're burning the .ISO as a CD image file and not just burning the file to a disk, the latter won't work.

In CDBurnerXP the steps are:

1. Start CdBurner XP Pro
2. Choose File
3. Choose Write Disc from ISO file
4. Browse for the ISO-image file
5. Choose "Write Disc"

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Hi. I have a computer that does not have a bootable CD-ROM drive. I want to boot directly into Windows 2000 setup. The only way I can do this is by using the bootable floppies that can be created using another computer. Is there a way that I can copy a certain directory onto the local (empty, formatted) hard drive that will allow me to boot directly into setup (essentially the same thing as booting from the CD)?

Would I be able to simply copy the contents of the CD to the hard drive? If so, what command would do this? ("copy D: C:" ?)

Thanks a lot in advance for your help!


Answer:Creating a Bootable Win2K Setup Partition

does your computer have a cd rom?

If so it is bootable you just need to set it up I can help you with that. If it does not I can also get you a boot disk download that you can boot from a floppy..

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Will be purchasing a WD raptor and want to put the OS on it, don't want to reinstall all the program so I have tried to clone it on an old hardrive that i will remove and use as a Backup.
Tried XXclone and it install to Vista but does not show any drives in the dropdown boxes so I booted to my XP partition and cloned the drive from there.
When I try to boot from it it says NTLDR is missing ( I did use the cool tools option and ticked all three boxes), i assume this is because of the different boot system of vista
Your input would be appreciated

Answer:Make bootable clone of Vista Partition

XP and Vista use a completely different Bootloader.

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Hi there
Partition wizard - seems no way to create a USB bootable media -- if your PC doesn't have a physical DVD drive even the PAID PRO version doesn't show the create bootable media option. PLEASE NO ANSWERS FOR BOOTABLE CD --- THIS MACHINE DOESN'T HAVE ONE.

Gone back to the FREE GPARTED program -- although it can take a lot longer to run when re-sizing / moving partitions.

(Another method -- a bit extreme though is to install Partition wizard on a Windows to Go system !!!)

The Partition wizard website is totally confusing too it shows a USB version but how to obtain it is unclear and the documentation is not good either.


Answer:Partition Wizard -- any way to create BOOTABLE USB drive

Hi jimbo45,

Please excuse me if I am misunderstanding your question but this option should allow one to create a USB Recovery Drive:

Again, I apologize if I misunderstood your intent.


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Need some help. I recently bought Acer Aspire 5560G. It comes with 500GB HDD with only one partition which is drive C. There are 2 hidden partitions as well. I would like to split my drive C in 2 partitions without effecting my Recovery partition. Is it possible??? if yes than what's the best way?? Help would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive Partition Without Effecting Recovery Partition

I think the easiest way to accomplish that is to shrink your C: partition. That will create unallocated space. And the unallocated space can be used to create a new partition.

Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New

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I deleted the unwanted recovery partitions on windows 8.1 using  'Diskpart'.The unallocated memories were created but they cannot be used to extend any other partitions even by using Diskpart.I am just able to create them as normal partitions buth
not by combining them but each seperately.Any solution for this...pls...

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Hi, I cannot find my original x60 tablet cds. And I am installing win xp pro now on a new hd I just put in. I'd like keep a partition for recovery (like the original one in system). Can I just make a separate partition in xp installation? How big should I give to it? And how should I make partitions if I want to install multiple OS? (XP and Vista) with recovery for both? Thanks!Message Edited by saja on 01-01-2009 07:24 AM

Answer:lost my original x60 cds, how to reserve a partition for recovery partition?

you can't reserve a recovery partition in the normal sense if you don't have the Lenovo recovery media. If you want to do a dual boot you will have to partition your hdd into two drives.  You can partition your hdd by using an aftermarket software like PartitionMagic, etc.  

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