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erase main c drive and OEM recovery partition

Question: erase main c drive and OEM recovery partition

hello i have a sony vaio F11(2010 MODEL).i think to shell it .also as i posted a few days ago the oem recovery partition is corrupted and isn't regognised anymore after upgarding to win 8.1 but i do not care to fix it anymore.i have two quetsions:
1) i want to erase -wipe(i dont know what is the right expression) oem recovery partition to release storage.the recovery partition is unused so it's shame to occupy space.i want a good software to remove-erase-wipe recovery partition.Do you have to propose something?
2)also if i shell laptop i want to erase completely main c drive (with operating system).can you tell me , how and with what program can i do it?

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Preferred Solution: erase main c drive and OEM 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 http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: erase main c drive and OEM recovery partition

You can delete the OEM recovery partition in Disk Management. Then add the unallocated space to another partition, or just create a blank partition in the free space.
One way to erase everything is to do a clean install. You just delete all partitions during the install and then let Windows create new ones.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
Clean Install - Windows 8

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Hi

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:)?

thanks.

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

Hi -

Shrink the HDD --> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...n-my-hard-disk

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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So is the data on D safe if I use recovery?

thanks

Answer:Re: Satellite C660/C660D will using recovery erase data on D partition?

Hi

From my knowledge using Recovery Disk would format the whole HDD and all partitions would be created again during this process.
This means that your data on D partition is not safe.

But from my experience the usage of HDD recover would format only the system (C) partition? not quite sure if this applies to all the Toshiba notebooks so possibly you should test this first time? in such case would recommend backup the data in case D partition would be erased.

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Having some troubles with an upgrade to Windows 8 and just wondering about my options to revert back to Windows 7.Computer is almost brand new with no "personal" information on it.

Answer:Z580 - Does Windows 8 complete reset erase Lenovo recovery partition

What do you mean by "complete reset"? BTW





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Hi folks,

I have a new Satlellite A200 and it will not boot up. Tried running recovery CDs but no joy.
Could someone please tell me, if I selected

'Erase Hard Disk' then 'Delete all data and partitions from the hard disk'

would this also delete the computer's internal recovery partition?

I have the recovery CDs but as I said, they don't work and I was wondering if clearing the HDD completely then running the recovery from the HDD recovery partition would help.

Sorry if this is a basic question for you guys! I've read through hundreds of threads, but can't find a definitive answer.

Thanks in advance,
E.

Answer:Satellite A200 - Does 'Erase hard disk' option remove recovery partition?

> 'Erase Hard Disk' then 'Delete all data and partitions from the hard disk'
>would this also delete the computer's internal recovery partition?

If you mean the hidden Vista WinRE partition then; YES

But don?t worry buddy; The Toshiba Vista recovery CD would format the whole HDD and would erase all partitions but it creates the hidden Vista WinRE partition again on the HDD.

Greetings

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Loading XP pro on main drive, it asks if I want a partiion?

This is 500g sata.

Any reasons I would want to partition it? Other than for backup of registry files, etc.
Won't XP know to setup in an efficient manner space-wise and not spread across large regions?
 

Answer:Main drive OS - partition?

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I tried to partition my c drive (containing os) by using disk management. after shrinking the drive, when I try to create a new volume from the unallocated space I get the following message:"Dynamic disks are not supported by this operating system"I am using genuine windows 7 home basic.Please tell me the difference between "basic drive" and "dynamic drive" also.

Answer:not able to partition my main drive

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

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I have been asked to partition My mates C drive. it runs XP home is 160 gig and has used about 10 gig already. What he would like me to do is partition it into two 80 gig sections. I have a good working knowledge of most things PC but I have never partitioned a loaded drive before. Is there a free prog I can use to do this ? better still some advice on the procedure.regards

Answer:Partition a main drive

click here for a how to from Microsoft

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I got this drive image from my Macrium Reflect Home edition and don't understand the last partition? is there something wrong here? Thanks!

Answer:Question about partition on my main drive

It is unallocated space probably reserved for overprovisioning by the SSD firmware.

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Hello all and Happy New Years to allWell here i am with another problem with my friends computer witch i did build myself and witch is almost the same as mine. My big problem is the main drive where the system is installed and of course the programs also. Now these drives are SSD drives and they are almost full and i do not know what to do with this. First somebody told me that i should split the hard drive and make some kind of reserve and this would also help in speeding up the computer but how do we do this ???. So how easy is this to transfer the operating system + the programs.Thanks

Answer:How to partition my main hard drive

Splitting a drives into multiple partitions with do nothing to speed it up, it could even slow things down, especially with a SSD drives.If the drives a full you really only have two options. Delete something of them or buy bigger drives.Stuart

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I got this drive image from my Macrium Reflect Home edition and don't understand the last partition? is there something wrong here? Thanks!

Answer:Question about partition on my main drive

It is unallocated space probably reserved for overprovisioning by the SSD firmware.

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Hey there, not sure where to put this but here goes:

I had a friend bring me a laptop to fix, it had a nasty collection of viruses. So I took the hard drive out and plugged it in to anoter machine running XP to do a virus scan using Symantec Endpoint Protection. I didn't have a USB adapter handy so I just opened the case and installed it as a secondary drive. Scan was going well and finding plenty, but after 3 hours I needed to take the drive home to continue working on it, so I canceled the scan, shut down the PC, took the drive out, and went home.

At home where I did have a USB adapter I plugged it in and discovered that the system was now reading the drives inocorrectly. In My Womputer the main partition shows up as the 100mb System Reserved partition, while in Computer Management it shows up as a 280gb partition. In My Computer I see all the files one expects to see on the System Reserved partition and none of the operating system or user files.

So today I tried putting the drive back into the laptop and windows will not boot. Took it back out and tried it directly installed in a machine as a secondary drive, same as before, and get the same problem: can't access the main partition and can't see the little system reserved partition in the partition manager.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you in advance and I apolopgise if this turns out to be a dumb question.

Answer:Main drive partition reading as "System Reserved" partition

The partition on that drive in which the boot manager files live must be set as "active", in order for the BIOS of your machine to go there to start the boot process. And it also must be of type "primary" in order for it to be set "active". If the partition in which the boot manager files you've mentioned live is currently not set as "active", then that would explain why you can't boot to that drive.

And of course, that hard drive must be listed as the first hard drive in the boot sequence of the BIOS setup, so that the "active" partition on that drive (which is supposed to contain the boot manager files) can be used to kick off the boot process.

This "active" partition is typically that 100MB "system reserved", with the real Win7 system partition itself being a second and much larger partition.

But there's nothing to prevent both (a) boot manager and (b) Win7 system from residing in the same physical partition, as long as (a) it's a "primary" partition and not "logical", and (b) is set as "active", and (c) the hard drive on which it lives is the 1st hard drive listed in the boot sequence for the BIOS.

Anyway, what is the nature of the two partitions you're looking at... i.e. the one with the boot manager files and the other with the Win7 system files?

Screenshot possible? You can also use Partition Wizard to examine the hard drive and modify the "active" vs. ... Read more

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Someone installed the OS on the D drive and I need to change this to the C drive. Can this be done without corrupting everything?
 

Answer:Main Partition Drive letter change

Main idea: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188
Some more info: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249321
Use some from here afterwards: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/SwitchingMyWindows7BootDiskFromDToCWithBCDBootRatherThanBCDEdit.aspx

After that, you will probably need to use a registry fixer in order to change entries with D: to C:

I did this once but it took me a while to get everything back to normal, so be warned. You might just want to do a fresh installation.
 

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Installed OS on new partition, deleted old Windows OS, now my main drive is E:

Any way of safely getting the drive letter of my main partition back to c:
 

Answer:Installed OS on new partition, deleted old Windows OS, now my main drive is E:

might have to reinstall/reformat i dont know if u can change the driver letter when its C.
 

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Can the Drive Erase Utility for the Resetting the Cryptographic Key and the Erasing the Solid State Drive - ThinkPad  Be run from a second ssd drive placed in the ultrabay slot? can the utilty be installed on the second ssd i may place in the ultrabay slot for backups and running secure erase command Drive Erase Utility for the Resetting the Cryptographic Key and the Erasing the Solid State Drive - ThinkPad.

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My lenovo laptop has original windows 7 and its hard disk is of size 640 GB. When I try to recover my system ( Onekey Recovery - Recover from initial state - Next ) it shows "Hard disk 0, 596GB" in "Selected disk:" in "Recover Summary". Will it erase my personal data on D drive? Or will it only format C drive without affecting D drive? 













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Answer:DOES PERFORMING ONEKEY RECOVERY ERASE MY PERSONAL DATA ON D DRIVE?

hi me_rif,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
D: Drive will not be touched, It will only format and Recover C: to a factory State.
 
Regards
Solid Cruver





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I have Windows 10-64 bit (version 1607 build 14393.1944). Upon starting my pc, I am getting the following error on a blue screen in white font.

Recovery
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired
A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.
Error code: 0xc000000e
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.

Press Enter to try again (Pressing Enter merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)
Press F8 for Startup Settings (Pressing F8 also merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)

I made a bootble usb for windows 10 and tried:
- startup repair - 'startup repair couldn't fix your pc'
- system restore - 'system restore couldn't find the offline boot volume'
- go back to a previous build - 'we ran into a problem and wont be able to take you back...try resetting your pc'

When I checked in the bios boot device priority, my hard drive (500 GB) was not listed. I had attached an old SATA internal hard drive (10-11 years old) of 80 GB capacity which was being used just for storage purposes. This 80GB hard drive was being listed in BIOS boot priority settings.

This hard drive was also listed when I pressed the F7 key and got a menu to choose boot device and chose windows 10 bootable usb to initiate the advanced settings menu.

When I began with windows 10 installation and ch... Read more

Answer:Windows corrupt, main hard drive partition not detected

Hi,
1. I'm guessing your disk may be a bit elderly, so need to do basic checks.

Please download and create Kyhi's bootable disk from the top of the Software and Apps section here. This boots to a special version of Win 10 and offers a range of utilities as you can see in the screenshot there.

Boot your PC from that, and run HDTune from that disk. Post a screenshot showing the Health tab.
To post a screenshot please use the icon to the left of the video icon above your post)





my 500gb hard drive is not damaged.



- I note you say that- we don't know how you established that.

2. Then run Minitool Partition Wizard and post a screenshot of that showing all disks, and expanding all columns as necessary so all text is visible.

3. I also note your Windows build is 2 major builds out of date. Have you disabled Windows update, or has it just been broken for a long time, or have upgrades failed?

4.




I don't want to reformat and lose all my files and programs so please do not suggest that.



One excellent way to reduce the probability of that is to routinely use disk imaging. E.g. Macrium reflect (free) + external storage for disk images. We repeatedly recommend that and all regular contributors here do this.

Do you have any disk images?
If so, that would probably be the easiest way to restore your system - maybe the only one.

Finally, if partitions are missing, this suggests either
- your disk is irretrievably ... Read more

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I have Windows 10-64 bit (version 1607 build 14393.1944). Upon starting my pc, I am getting the following error on a blue screen in white font.

Recovery
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired
A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.
Error code: 0xc000000e
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.

Press Enter to try again (Pressing Enter merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)
Press F8 for Startup Settings (Pressing F8 also merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)

I made a bootble usb for windows 10 and tried:
- startup repair - 'startup repair couldn't fix your pc'
- system restore - 'system restore couldn't find the offline boot volume'
- go back to a previous build - 'we ran into a problem and wont be able to take you back...try resetting your pc'

When I checked in the bios boot device priority, my hard drive (500 GB) was not listed. I had attached an old SATA internal hard drive (10-11 years old) of 80 GB capacity which was being used just for storage purposes. This 80GB hard drive was being listed in BIOS boot priority settings.

This hard drive was also listed when I pressed the F7 key and got a menu to choose boot device and chose windows 10 bootable usb to initiate the advanced settings menu.

When I began with windows 10 installation and ch... Read more

Answer:Windows corrupt, main hard drive partition not detected

Hi,
1. I'm guessing your disk may be a bit elderly, so need to do basic checks.

Please download and create Kyhi's bootable disk from the top of the Software and Apps section here. This boots to a special version of Win 10 and offers a range of utilities as you can see in the screenshot there.

Boot your PC from that, and run HDTune from that disk. Post a screenshot showing the Health tab.
To post a screenshot please use the icon to the left of the video icon above your post)





my 500gb hard drive is not damaged.



- I note you say that- we don't know how you established that.

2. Then run Minitool Partition Wizard and post a screenshot of that showing all disks, and expanding all columns as necessary so all text is visible.

3. I also note your Windows build is 2 major builds out of date. Have you disabled Windows update, or has it just been broken for a long time, or have upgrades failed?

4.




I don't want to reformat and lose all my files and programs so please do not suggest that.



One excellent way to reduce the probability of that is to routinely use disk imaging. E.g. Macrium reflect (free) + external storage for disk images. We repeatedly recommend that and all regular contributors here do this.

Do you have any disk images?
If so, that would probably be the easiest way to restore your system - maybe the only one.

Finally, if partitions are missing, this suggests either
- your disk is irretrievably ... Read more

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Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For interest:
Windows RE statue Disabled - Microsoft Community

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My 1TB HDD is partitioned like this:
 
Link to image
 
In there, I can see two (2) partitions described in their Status as "Recovery Partition": One is 1GB (1000MB)  and the other is 15.56GB.
 
What is the difference between the two? That is,

Why not only one recovery partition?
Why do we need two?
What do they contain?

Also, what is the difference between the 15.56GB Recoery partition and the 25GB D: drive partition?
 
I have seen reference to the 25GB D: drive partition as a recovery partition. Is this true? If so, why do we need another recovery partition?
 
Moderator note: large image(s) converted to link(s):  About Posting Pictures In The Forums
 

Answer:What is the difference between the D: drive partition and the Recovery partition(s)?

I don't have the answers to all of your questions but according to this reply: The D: Partition is there if you want a fresh install and you need the drivers. The recovery partition is there if something went wrong (program destroyed the file system) and can be restored to the last working state.You may also want to read the OneKey Recovery - Hot Topics page (found it through the Solutions page). 

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

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

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

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Hi,  I have an IdeaPad U310 that needs an HDD replacement, the old disc still works but is dying so I'll use a new drive with same capacity (500 GB) and I'd like to leave as in factory status as possible but I see this is no easy task. I wonder if I can do the following to achieve this: - Format the new drive with OKR8 Engineer- Use the Windows "copy recovery partition to USB" function to copy recovery from the old drive- Install Windows in new drive using this USB and then create an imagen of this installation in the recovery partition Alternatively I wonder is this would be easier by cloning the old drive.  Can you please advise? Thanks! 

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HI
I'm trying to re-install Windows 8 as it is not working properly, but did not make a copy of the  Dell software image when I bought my Dell XPS 8500. I can not now make a copy of the software image.
When I use Dell Backup and Recovery, it says "it can not detect the recovery partition on this computer it may be missing or corrupt. To recover your computer to the original factory state and restore the recovery partition please use your system recovery discs"
In the past I would have just re-installed the OS from the provided discs and I'm not sure what to do next. At the moment the OS is not working correctly.
Help!
ThanksPaul

Answer:Windows 8 Recovery with no OEM DVD or USB drive or recovery partition

Dell made a software called "Dell Backup and Recovery" to help it's users to backup or recover the Operating System, Factory Installed Drivers and Applications and Personal User Data like Music, Videos, Photos and documents etc. To do so, Dell creates a Hard Partition called Recovery which contains an image of the Operating System, Drivers and Factory installed 3rd party applications like Mcafee Anti Virus which are all together known as Factory Image. Dell recommends it's consumer to backup this Recovery Partition in USB Flash Drive or Multiple DVD's as soon as they Fire the PC for the first time. Now, as you mentioned that you're recovery partition is corrupt, and you don't have the Recovery Media Disc's, none of your data could be recovered. If you PC is covered under warranty, you can call Dell Technical Support and request for the Windows 8 Media Kit & License Key and can simply do a full Operating System Reinstallation. If your PC isn't covered under warranty, you might need to Purchase the Retails Version of Windows 8 Media Kit with License Key for a $100. Remember that you can't use any other Dell Windows 8 Media Kit that didn't not came with your Dell PC as each Dell Windows 8 Media Kit has a Unique System Specific License Key for Windows 8 which is Injected into the System Bios and can't be retrieved by the User.
Next Time if you purchase a new Dell PC, Always remember to make the Recovery Media using Dell Backup... Read more

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If you have a recovery drive - that includes the recovery partition - made on one computer, but have a toshiba laptop with a bad drive (but the recovery partition is ok), can you replace/copy the partition on the recovery drive with the recovery partition from the bad laptop HD?

My friend's laptop would not boot, and would not factory recover, reset, or refresh. I tried to clone the hard drive before I started messing with the disc. It would not clone, but I was able to copy the recovery partition to a USB drive.

He never make recovery discs, so could not re-install, but I can borrow the recovery drive that my aunt made for her laptop.

Answer:replace recovery partition in recovery drive?

There may be a couple problems with that. The Factory Image is too large to be just copied to a Fat32 partition, so it has to be divided in sections. You could do that using DISM and put the .swm files in the sources folder. Not even a guess as to whether it would work.

There is other information concerning the configuration of the computer making the recovery drive. If it was made on a different computer, that info would probably be incorrect and not allow a reset.

I have never tried, but you might be able to copy the Factory image to a drive formatted as NTFS and then set the recovery to look for that file for a reset. Maybe you have already copied the entire recovery partition...

If you assume the factory image is the same for both systems, can you copy the entire Recovery Image partition from the bad drive to the good drive?

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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For the past several years I've been using 1 partition for my main SSD hard drive.
Today I tried to install a second 4TB SATA hard drive and in the process Windows 7 made a new system partition and moved that to my secondary hard drive...
By unplugging that hard drive the system partition appeared on my SSD. I want to merge it so that I only have 1 partition on my SSD again.
Please see attachments:
Then once I've done that I'd like to know how to set-up a second hard drive with 1 single partition on that as well.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks,
Ben.

Answer:Merging System Partition With Main Partition

Did you have to run startup repair or something ?

No way could windows make a partition on the new hard drive unless you told it to.

All`s you do is hook up the drive, startup the pc and format the new drive in Disk Management.

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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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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Question: Erase a partition?

Win XP Home Edition: my hard drive is partitioned (C:\ for operating stuff; D:\ for files).
Apparently something has gone amiss with the WinXP; attempting to use the Repair function from the CD always comes to a dead-end when it asks for the administrator password; I am the sole user of the PC and have set up the account reflecting that I am the administrator -- but the Repair function will not accept my password.
Attempting to reload Win XP on the C:\ partition comes up with a disk error message -- typically useless, since it gives no clue whatever how/what/where to find a solution to that message.
When going through the reload Win XP route, it asks if I want to delete/erase that partition. To me that means there would be no remaining C:\ partition available when I attempted to load Win XP again but that my D:\ partition would remain intact. [True / false?]
Q: Is there a way to DELETE THE CONTENTS of the C:\ partition without removing the partition; meaning, I would then have a clean partition into which to load Win XP.
Thanks.

 

 
 

Answer:Erase a partition?

You can use Parted Magic, where you will be able to remove/create/resize and reformat partitions to your liking. It has a pile of useful additional tools also. Burn ISO to bootable disk to run.

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Question: Erase a partition?

Win XP Home Edition: my hard drive is partitioned (C:\ for operating stuff; D:\ for files).

Apparently something has gone amiss with the WinXP; attempting to use the Repair function from the CD always comes to a dead-end when it asks for the administrator password; I am the sole user of the PC and have set up the account reflecting that I am the administrator -- but the Repair function will not accept my password.

Attempting to reload Win XP on the C:\ partition comes up with a disk error message -- typically useless, since it gives no clue whatever how/what/where to find a solution to that message.

When going through the reload Win XP route, it asks if I want to delete/erase that partition. To me that means there would be no remaining C:\ partition available when I attempted to load Win XP again but that my D:\ partition would remain intact. [True / false?]

Q: Is there a way to DELETE THE CONTENTS of the C:\ partition without removing the partition; meaning, I would then have a clean partition into which to load Win XP.

Thanks.
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Answer:Erase a partition?

If you delete the C: partition it will then show as "unallocated" space during the install. You simply need to select that unallocated space as the install destination and then you will be given the option to format the partition before installing.

Also in the future I would highly advise using some type of Imaging software to take a snapshot or "image' of your C: drive after doing the clean install. If you have issues in the future you just need to restore the image which will put your PC right back at the point the image was taken without having to re-install all your software and drivers. There are numerous pay for as well as free programs for doing this.

Rollin
 

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Question: Partition = Erase?

Okay I have done something stupid and need to know if I can fix it. What I have done is while in the process of fresh installing win xp pro on my computer I got to the point where I can delete and format and partition my drives well at the time i noticed I had to drives so I pressed to delete both and then before formatting I noticed that my USB external drive was still connected. So I didn't format that drive! now when I start windows the external drive was recognized and installed by win xp, but when i go to start>right click my computer>manage>storage devices>disk management... it shows that I have my c: drive, my cd drive and then a disk1 which says unallocated. My question is if I go through the process of partitioning this disk will I lose allllll my important files that I have stored on my external drive? And is there any other way to retrieve all my files that are on that external drive? thanks!!
KP

Answer:Partition = Erase?

You will losse your files when creating new partitions. I would do a google for partition restore programs.

Also make sure you are using the best drivers for your external drive. Check the manufacturer website.

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Question: Erase Partition

Hi.I have two partitions on my Ist hard drive C and D.I need to erase D to gain free space in which to install a second OS from a disc image.Can this erasure be done without the Windows CD?Thanks.
PS I have everything backed up as disc images on the second hard drive E.

Answer:Erase Partition

Sure you remove it without a hitch, but then you want to change the size of the C partition. To reclaim that space I think you'll need to using some like Partition Magic.

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Hello everyone,

My question is as the title states. Basically I am planning to install a SSD as primary drive and use my original Toshiba drive as secondary drive from ODD drive with an adapter. My concern is will I be able to use the recovery partition of the second drive and if I ever need to go back to out-of-box state will it format and install everything on my SSD or the original HDD?

Btw my laptop is L755-1DR.

Thanks,
DJ_TLG

Answer:Re: Is it possible to use recovery partition from 2nd drive?

I cannot say for sure but I?m 99,9999% sure this will not work. When you change hardware platform (SSD and HDD) HDD recovery wizard will not be able to find recovery image due to missing specific ?markers?.

Create recovery DVD disc and problem is solved. Of course do it with original notebook hardware configuration and ?factory settings?.

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I just deleted the content (through the recovery software) of the recovery partition (D drive) in my laptop which had an older OS in it. I would like to add the space in this partition into the C drive, basically eliminating this recovery partition and expanding C the amount of the partition.

In disk management, it now shows that I have 2 small partitions before the C drive partition.. I believe those are windows 10 related partitions for booting etc, and then after C there is a small 890mb healthy partition and then finally the empty ex-recovery D drive partition of 22gb that I would like to put into C.

So basically there is a small windows related partition (that I think I should not mess with) in between C and the recovery drive I want to incorporate into C.

Would deleting that volume do it (drive d ex-recovery partition)? Or do I need to do something else to get it to merge with C.

Thanks

Answer:Add recovery partition into C drive

No idea about the 890MB partition, Can you post a screen shot of disk management then we can suggest if you can delete it.
Screenshot - Take in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I have a Drive D: Recovery Partition on my Gateway desktop.
I was wondering if there is any way I can save (or backup) my Drive D: Recovery Partition to a Flash Drive. In case the Drive D: Recovery Partition on my desktop gets corrupted.

If it is possible, how would I do the backup/save to my Flash drive?

Thank you.
 

Answer:Drive D: Recovery Partition

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Ok, here's the deal. Second time in two months (two different computers) a drive has become "lost" to a Vista 64 installation. For some reason Vista would freeze on shutdown and still be stuck hours later. You reboot and boom! No drive. Never had this problem under Sabayon nor under XP.

Last time around I reformatted. This time I want to recover the data as it took out a storage drive. What would you suggest?
 

Answer:Partition & Drive Recovery

If all you want to do is save the data, download ZARhttp://www.z-a-recovery.com/download.htm
and save it. The trial lets you save 4 folders at a time, but the weekend special is for $30...and you can do it all in one shot.
 

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Lenovo y530 windows vista home premium Help! i erased my c drive partition without one key recovery i formated only c drive just to change windows vista home premium to windows xp, now my original windows xp or my windows vista doesnt work all the time says error so it doesnt work what can i do?? please i need some help thanks my notebook is out Karlo

Answer:ERASE DISK PARTITION

Which error do you recieve?





//help will save the world

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Hello,

I have a RAID0 hard drive with two partitions on it. One is my old Windows 7 ultimate 32bits installation which i do not use anymore, and one is my current 64 bits installation. I would like to get the space back, but cannot afford any troubles because i have a big work project starting tomorrow... What is the safest way to proceed ?

Many thanks in advance

freudes

Answer:Can i erase my x86 partition and only keep the x64 without trouble ?

Post screenshot of "disk management" with all fields visible.

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Hey guys!! First time poster here!! I wanna start off by sayin thank you chaslang and his "removing malware posts".. helped both my laptops a great deal..couldn't believe the no. of malware that was found on my laptop inspite of paying for a norton 2006 internet security pack... Finally I downloaded norton 2009 trial pack and it took care of that pesky "infosteal.gampass" virus....

I have another issue with another laptop.. I have an old sony vaio that i use occasionally.. It has a 15 gb drive that is partitioned into 5gb C: and a 10 GB D: that came from the factory.... It runs a 384mb ram and windows xp pro is installed...

The problem I'm facing is that I am almost down to 150 mb in the bootdrive C: after running windows updates... All my other programs are saved in the D:... Now the computer is extremely slow and unstable.. I somehow can't seem to remove the disk partition that came factory installed from vaio...

Any tips?? I tried paragon disk partitioner.. but no luck... any other method I can try to get rid of the partition and make it one 15GB drive.. I don't mind losing the info on the D Drive if that what it'll take..

Thanks buds..
 

Answer:Partition on laptop I am trying to erase!!!

One quick piece of info I left out above.. When I open up computer management under Administrative tools, The C: shows Healthy (System) highlited in blue (Primary Partition).. while the D: shows Healthy (Page File) highlited in green (Extended partition)... Thanks.
 

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i don't know if this is the right section for this but here goes, i installed a new windows 7 today on my laptop and the problem is it's using one of my main partitions as a system partition and made it invisible so i went to admin tools> computer management and found the partition that was invisible without a letter to it so i tried to add a letter so i can access it and when i try to install anything from it like MS Office it won't let me and i don't know how to make it not a system partition, formatting is a big no no.

any help would be appreciated

Answer:main partition is now a system partition?

You would need to post a screen shot of disk mgmt.

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I recently deleted my recovery partition that is included with HP pcs. I'm now left with 5gb of unused harddrive space, which isn't formatted (I think). I used it to store some random files but didn't like how it worked, and it's now empty again.My question is, will it pose a security threat, and is there anyway I can combine that partition with my main one?Here's a screenshot of it:http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/8308/driveview7ta.pngThanks .

Answer:Deleted My Hp Recovery Drive Partition

An spare partition is in now way any kind of threat. Since you working partition is 106GB then adding another 5GB won't add that much capacity percentage-wise. You would be much better off resizing the partitions so that the OS partition, volume C:, is 20GB in size and the rest of the drive is devoted to a partition used just for storing data files. This way when (not if) you need to reinstall the OS your data files in the other partition will be unaffected and waiting for you there.

I can reccommend Partition Magic as a great tool for creating and resizing partition in Windows without losing any data.

You will need to beg, borrow, buy or steal an XP installation CD in order to reinstall the OS when (not if) the time comes.

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can anyone advise please? The hard drive has failed, we have a new hard drive to put in, but need to get the recovery partition from the old drive installed and enabled so we can 'refresh' and get the system back on. Whether it will work without needing to put in a PID I don't know - the folks got the machine with Win 8.00 pre-installed so have no disk or PID - but I said I would give it a go.

Answer:how to get Win 8 Recovery partition onto new hard drive

How to Create a Windows 8 Installation DVD or USB Drive

If you have the same "bitness" on your PC, 64 or 32 bit, then that link may be useful. If there's another way to get a Windows 8.x iso file I don't know it. Perhaps someone else will chime in if so.

Edit: I'm not sure but the USB option may give you the choice of 32 or 64 bit.

Edit2: You may want to point out, if the people you are helping are capable of using it, that the way to avoid his in the future is to get an external drive and image the HD to a file on it. There are free softwares like Macrium Reflect.

For a list of free imaging programs see The Free Country

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Hi all,
Just a minor issue I wish to get to the bottom of. After a system recovery last October on my Hewlett Packard PC due to some software causing blue screens, I have just discovered after defragging my main C drive, I have noticed that the "D" partition which holds all the necessary recovery info is just 2% defragmented. As nothing is written to this part of the disc I wonder how this has happened, unless it has always been like that. Usually when I do a recovery, I immediately turn off the "auto-schedule defrag" program so I can do it whenever I wish. But this time I didn't and obviously the auto-defrag has scanned that part of the drive at one time and reported a 2% fragmentation. Any ideas on why this could be? It may well have been made like that! If it isn't a problem, I'll leave it as it is. Or would it be worth a quick defrag just to get everything in order? The OS is Windows 7, and it is a single 640Gb hard disc. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Recovery D drive/partition 2% fragmented

Windows 7 doesn't get fragmented like the older systems. Mine always reports 2 % fragmented even after a defrag. I would just leave it alone. Looking back in my poor memory I think I was fragmented once on my older computer 5 %. I have tried several other defrag programs and they didn't do any better. I stick with the one Windows comes with which I think Diskeeper created for Microsoft.

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Is there any risk associated with deleting the "recovery" partition of the hard drive? I am looking to free up some space on the primary drive. Could I move it to an external drive, to later put it back on the primary drive if needed?
 

Answer:Deleting the recovery drive partition

You can easily backup the partition onto an external drive, then if you ever happen to need it, just place it back onto the hard and use it to recover your OS.

I.. Err. Forgot the name of the free program that you should be able to use for this, but at least Acronis True Image, or its free light version, Maxblast 5 (only usable if you have Seagate or Maxtor drives in your system) should be capable of this.
 

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Hey,I accidently formatted the recovery drive partition in my laptop. Is there any way that i can recover it back.I just bought the laptop 2 days back

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Hi,

I just cloned my hard drive to an SSD.

Nearly 14 GB of that SSD is partition RECOVERY - pretty sure this is a hold over from what HP installed.

I backup to an external USB hard drive.

Do I need the HP recovery partition?

Wondering if that's part of their bloatwear.

Answer:Do I need the HP Recovery Partition on my hard drive?

Recovery Partition is there to help you to restore your computer to factory settings i.e. completely reinstall Windows and HP's collection of third party applications on your machine. In other words the PC is after factory recovery as it was when first time booted, a "virgin" .

It includes some bloatware, yes, but HP today is not so bad as it was regarding bloatware. Today the HP's include mostly only a trial version of an antivirus application, MsOffice trial or ad-financed MsOffice Starter and HP's useless media apps, network assistant, update assistant and so on. These elements are easy to remove after first boot or factory recovery.

Your HP has / had a tool in Start Menu to burn a set of recovery DVD's (= copy recovery partition to DVD's), after which it is safe to delete this partition. Depending on the model, a normal HP Recovery DVD set needs 3 or 4 single layer DVD's.

I am a long term "HP Fan Boy" , always burning the recovery disks. It is of course up to you to decide; if you are sure you never need to restore your computer to its original state, you can freely remove the partition.

Kari

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I need to change the recovery partition to another drive letter but it is not giving me the option.  The S: drive has been dedicated as the drive letter for our corporate SAN unit and all scripts are configured to point to that drive.  Is there a way to change this on the laptop?  I would rather not have to make a corporate change due to this model of Thinkpad. tacasey

Answer:TP T500 - S drive used for recovery partition

You'll have to change it in the registry.  The relevant key isHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices Rename\DosDevices\S:to\DosDevices\X: where X is any available drive letter except A or B.  For more information see here. Don

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Is the recovery drive meant to be a substitute for reinstallling vista or just a repair? If I reinstall would a recovery drive be created automatically or do i have to create one? When reinstalling should i make two partitions besides a recovery? One for the OS and one for music etc? Is that vital? How about if i want to dual boot with ubuntu? Should i be making four partitions ? Any advice or links to check out are appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Recovery drive and partition question

Manufacutures usually install a recovery drive on a separate partition should you need to reinstall Windows. They usually have their own software that initiates the process.

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I have a new laptop that has a recovery partition on the hard drive. The size of the partition is 2.0GB, do I need to back this up in the event my hard drive fails? I previously had a compaq laptop and did not backup the recovery portion of the hard drive and when the hard drive failed I had to buy a recovery CD from compaq ($15.00) what exactly do I need to back up and what is the best way to do this. Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Answer:Backing up Recovery Partition D:Drive

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I have the results below from the TSG SysInfo below and a screenshot of my computer.

A few months ago I did a system restore on my Gateway and I think I incorrectly selected a wrong option as you can see my drives are full and almost full, have tried the drive fragment and other things, but very little space is created. From what I have read I somehow have duplicated my system and causing the issue, but unsure how to correctly fix it.

I appreciate any suggestions to correct what I have done.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor TK-57, x64 Family 15 Model 104 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 893 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1270, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 65091 MB, Free - 186 MB; D: Total - 11225 MB, Free - 5061 MB;
Motherboard: Gateway,
Antivirus: None
 

Answer:Recovery and Partition Drive Issues

What's the complete model number of your Gateway?

Did you previously use its built-in Recovery ( D: ) partition, and did you do a complete recovery back to its original new condition?

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You need to add another 1 GB of RAM to it.

Windows Vista Home Premium needs at least 2 GB of RAM to run properly.

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My HP laptop has suffered a partial hard drive failure - I can still boot up into windows but after working for a while it just freezes up.I ran the diagnostic start up tool and it got to 50% before giving me an error message and the news that the drive had failed and should be replaced.
I have tried to create recovery discs(I know, I know, I should have done this sooner) to use when I replace the drive ,but this process got to 86% before the computer froze again. I tried this three times but it froze at the same place each time.
My question is this : if I copy the contents of the recovery partition to an external drive then copy them back to a new partition on the new drive when installed, can anyone say why that wouldn't work? That seems a much easier solution than burning recovery disks - or is it not a solution at all?
I should say that I have used the recovery partition before to reinstall the OS and know that this works so I'm hoping that this part of the drive is still OK.
I would welcome any observations or suggestions.
Thanks.

Answer:Transferring a recovery partition to a new drive?

Hmm, as it is too late to make Recovery disc,you could try your own suggestion - it might work, it might not, but I don't see you have any other choice under the circumstances

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I had to replace the hard drive on my laptop. I used the recovery disk to setup the new hard drive and reload windows/software ect. But now the recovery option does not work F11 during boot, or through windows going to start>hp>recovery manager What am I doing wrong? Thanks Bill

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I have an Asus laptop with win 8.1. UEFI BIOS. The C drive partition is corrupted with hardware errors. (I used a Linux live CD to test.) it won't boot anymore. The recovery partition is intact however and I could make a copy of it. I didn't make a recovery USB or DVD, sadly. I have a new drive, and would like to use the recovery partition or a copy of it to install and activate Windows on the new drive. I have a spare large USB drive and other computers available. Can this be done? I'd like to avoid days of delay by ordering recovery media from Asus. Seems like what I have ought to be enough...

Answer:Reinstall to new drive using recovery partition

Originally Posted by goberbrunner


I have an Asus laptop with win 8.1. UEFI BIOS. The C drive partition is corrupted with hardware errors. (I used a Linux live CD to test.) it won't boot anymore. The recovery partition is intact however and I could make a copy of it. I didn't make a recovery USB or DVD, sadly. I have a new drive, and would like to use the recovery partition or a copy of it to install and activate Windows on the new drive. I have a spare large USB drive and other computers available. Can this be done? I'd like to avoid days of delay by ordering recovery media from Asus. Seems like what I have ought to be enough...



I may have a solution.

can you access the non-damaged part of the disk when you plug it on another PC?

perhaps you can make a copy of the recovery partition in one of your PC

then use the tool ASUS Backtracker.

http://www.asus.com/supportonly/ASUS...Desk_Download/

EDIT: Sorry my bad, as far as i know you cannot see/access the partition as it is hidden, you must unhide it first via command prompt

see these steps, and if you get lost somewhere, ask again here. I can't remember the exact way i did it correctly.
Unhide the Recovery Partition on a Basic Disk with DiskPart. - Default Reasoning

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Hi, I currently have a Medion laptop that has a 55gb Hard Drive that is split into two: The C Drive is 39.9gb and the D Drive 'Recover' is currently 15.9gb but the recovery data stored on it is only 3.79gb so i was wondering if i could reduce the partition size by, say, 10 gb to free up the C Drive! please could someone recommend a way to do this please and is it recommended?Thank you in advance for any answers!

Answer:Want to reduce Recovery partition on H.Drive?

it depends on what prog you have or operating system. With vista you can click on a drive and shrink it. With xp you must use something like partition manager. Make sure you have everything backed up as you could lose everything altering partitions.

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I have a HP Pavilion g7 that originally had Windows 7.  I recently upgraded it to Windows 10. However, the Recovery partition (D still has the Windows 7.  Question: Can I simple delete the Windows 7 file and recreate the Recovery partition with Windows 10 or is it more involved.

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On my Thinkpad w530 the recovery paritrion is Drive letter QI have added a 2nd hard drive in an ultrabay and I would like to put the recovery partition there if possible.Can the recovery partition be moved to the 2nd hard drive? Does its drive letter have to be "Q"  ?

Answer:Recovery Partition - can it be relocatedto 2nd drive?

Move, yes.  Q, no.  You have full control.  Clone and move that parition with Macrium or Zilla for free and for good measure, make a copy of that recovery partition and slap it on a usb key for safe keeping.  Simply use Disk Mgmt to rename/reassign/remove any and all your drives.  And now welcome to your new ultrabay hdd world.





W530 | 3840QM | 32g @ 1.35v CL9 1986z | 512g 840 Pro | 1t HGST 7200 | FHD AUO v.4 | Quadro K2k | GOBI 5k | Centrino 6300

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

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

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

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I am running WinXP-Home. I have one hard drive with two partitions: a C: drive and a G: drive that I use to Ghost my C: drive to (okay, I know, not the most efficient operation in the world). I would like to get rid of the clone on drive G and put another one on. Trying to format drive G: gets me: "Windows cannot format this drive. Quit disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure no window is displaying the contents of this drive." (I think I have complied). I have Partition Magic, but would rather not go through deleting the drive and recreating it, etc., as I heard some people claim that data is not 100% safe when messing with PM 8.0. I therefore like to reserve its use modifications that I really want and feel are really necessary. Can anybody shed some light. I would appreciate any help.
 

Answer:(Solved) How do I format/erase this partition?

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Ive had a Toshiba Satellite notebook for 4.5+ years running XP and its been running great.

My grandmother got a Toshiba Satellite thats about 1.5 years old with better specs than mine. Its running Vista and its performance is pathetic. My much older laptop performs much better and faster then this. I have restored the operating system. This does not help.

So now I want to install XP on the laptop using my recovery disc

So first i need to format the harddrive. When i hold the power button to turn it off, then holding zero and turning it on I reach the recovery utility. From here I can choose to restore to 'out-of-box' settings, or i can format it.

My question is, if i choose format, will it properly format the computer allowing me to run my recovery disc, and will it format the hidden partition containing the system restore information? I would assume not, but i would like to be sure

Thanks
Tim

Answer:Will I erase hidden restore partition?

Hi

As far as I know the Recovery disk formats the whole HDD.

This means that all data and all partitions would be erased from the HDD.
After that, the recovery disk would start a procedure which would create the partitions (also the hidden one) which were created like at the first day of purchase.

Simply said the notebook would be set to the factory settings.

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If you use Vista's built-in partition tool, do you risk deleting files? I used Easeus partition manager with an XP system. When I tried to restart, windows gave me "system32 hal.dll is missing or corrupted". I re-installed XP but I want to create a new partition on my Vista system so I can use Window 7 beta. Does this happen much when creating new partitions? I have had good luck with Easeus with two other systems. Am I better off using Vista's tool? Is there a chance I will loose a system file?

Answer:Does creating a new partition erase any files?

Hello Nate,

If done properly you should not lose anything. To be safe, you should always keep backups of anything you do not want to lose though.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I see this has not been updated for a long time.  I just bought an HP laptop, and I have the same problem.  But the laptop has Win 10 Homne installed so, as I understand it, I don't need the 15 gb of OEM Recovery as d:, do I?

Answer:Re: Changing the Drive letter of the Recovery Partition

Hi, Well, that is your last resource to perform a Recovery when your machine goes bad. You can make recovery media (DVD's or USB) and keep in a safe place. After that you can delete D: (even not recommended). Regards.

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I have just had to replace the hard disk in an aspire v3, I had created a usb recovery stick beforehand and used it to recover the system, my question is does this also restore the recovery partition back to the new hard drive or not

Answer:recovery partition after new hard drive & usb reco...

as far as i know, it will re-install everything as from factory, so with the recovery partition too. by the way, you can check it once re-installed, using windows disk manager:windows key logo + rtypediskmgmt.msc wait until your HDD will appear and check the partitions.

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Hi. Around 2 months ago I got a virus that ripped my system apart.
I formatted my hard drive(C:\) and reinstalled XP, and all was fine. But as its a Compaq(or HP) the recovery partition drive that holds the system recovery data is still full of virus, 100s of files worth. So anyway I understand that the Recovery Partition will never work again that was fine until I just ran a spyware scan and as it was scanning the small RP drive (H:\) and as it was scanning, my AV started catching all the virus's although the spyware didnt detect them, obviously it opening them awakened them.

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Hi. Around 2 months ago I got a virus that ripped my system apart.
I formatted my hard drive(C:\) and reinstalled XP, and all was fine. But as its a Compaq(or HP) the recovery partition drive that holds the system recovery data is still full of virus, 100s of files worth. So anyway I understand that the Recovery Partition will never work again that was fine until I just ran a spyware scan and as it was scanning the small RP drive (H:\) and as it was scanning, my AV started catching all the virus's although the spyware didnt detect them, obviously it opening them awakened them.
When I ask my AV (AVG8) to remove threats, after a couple of seconds it comes up with a long list of 'Threat not removed, Healing not successful'. My system is working fine and I was wondering if it would do any harm to format the RP drive? I also own another AV(Avast4pro),. should I let this program attempt to remove the threats before I go ahead with the format?
I am just presuming that my OS isnt using that drive anymore.

Thanks in advance

Cammy

Answer:Recovery partition drive full of virus's

have you tried a online scan ie trend micro try google for others if problem persists you can format

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My hard drive has failed and unrepairable but the recovery partition is still good
I have just bought a new hard drive and I'd like to transfer the recovery partition across
I have the use of another computer and a hard drive caddy
Can anyone help me with advice on doing this so that it will work when installed in the laptop
It's a Toshiba Satellite C660-116 with license for Win 7 Home premium OA
 

Answer:Can I transfer a recovery partition to a new hard drive

Yes.. and no. Your best bet is to buy the exact same drive brand and size, that works for me. Otherwise what happens is you have a partition that is a different size and most programs wont copy it over. You can partition a new drive to make a partition the correct size and make it bootable but, no disrespect meant, if you're asking these questions it might be more difficult that you want to tackle.

Acronis true image will work, but not free. There are 2 free versions for Western digital and Seagate:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/det...ge_seagate_edition_software_(discwizard).html
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/acronis_true_image_western_digital_edition_software.html
 

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Hi,
I created the USB recovery drive successfully with the option "Back up system files to the recovery drive".
Since I needed the USB for another purpose, I transferred the files from the USB to a separate partition on an external HDD and made this drive bootable using YUMI.

So now, on the same laptop, I am able to boot to this new partition on my external HDD where windows recovery environment comes up just fine. I did not want to test the reset or refresh part. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the "System Restore" option on the advanced options screen. I got an error message "To use system restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system and then select System Restore"
This is on the same laptop. Any idea on what could be going on here and on how this can be fixed?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Move recovery drive to a separate partition

I got this to work. I had to change the boot mode to UEFI from legacy. On booting from my external HDD,
the UEFI firmware recognized the windows boot manager on the new partition. System restore appears to be ok.
"bcdedit /enum" command from the command window shows the correct values.

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Hi,

Im fixing a pc with a hidden recovery partition and it seems the fault is the hard drive. I have made a recovery disc using the manufacturers software so if i replace the hard drive and install from the disc can i transfer the recovery partition using something like ghost?

Thanx
 

Answer:Can i move recovery partition to a new hard drive?

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I run the system recovery with the build in recovery partition from Sony but the installation cannot be completed due to the hard disk failure. I want to replace with a new hard drive but also want to keep the original recovery partition because there is some useful software that is included. I have a external adapter to connect my hard drive through USB to my computer and have a software to recover the data in the recovery partition. Is anyone know what to do?

Answer:How to transfer OEM Recovery Partition to a new hard drive?

jackgan,
Welcome to SevenForums.

Did you make the Sony recovery DVDs? Yes/No

Also need you to help us to help you by carrying out the following:

Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec (left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) or SIW or System Info

In the System Manufacturer Block, enter:
? Manufacturer and Model OR Custom build.
? ADD the word laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet.
For example:
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the ?Other Info? block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.

With Speccy, you can select with your mouse/touchpad info from the display
and paste that info into your specs.

SIW is a marvelous program, but the free version does not offer
this capability.

=====================================

I'll await the system specs.

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Hello everyone

I purchased a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled. It came with 500 GB HDD. I changed the DVD Rom with SSD/HDD tray to use for additional drive. I put an SSD in there and installed Windows 8 on it using a USB Recovery Drive, which I don't have anymore. So my current setup looks like this:
After upgrading to Windows 8.1, the license of some software I'm using got messed up and I couldn't manage fixing it, so the only option I've got left is to reinstall/reset Windows. But since the Recovery partition is on another drive, when I go about creating a Recovery Drive, the option "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" is greyed out. I've got stuff on my HDD, which I can't currently backup so I don't wan't to format that drive. I'm perfectly fine with formatting the SSD, that's what I want.

What's your suggestion, how can I reinstall/reset my Windows? The only option I see is to install Windows on the Hard Drive (by doing a backup and formatting it first), and then create a usb recovery drive and reinstall again on the SSD, but that's a lot of hassle and I'd need to find an external hard drive for the backup.

PS: Don't know if it matters but I intentionally left the Hard Drive in the original bay (as Disk 0) because of the better protection against falling compared to the added bay in place of the DVD drive.

Answer:Reinstall Windows, Recovery Partition is on Another Drive

   Information

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





You can make a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
   Warning
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

   Warning
I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.

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

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Hey guys. New to the forums. Looks like a sweet place. I just got a new 500gb external hard drive and so far I love it. However I have two questions regarding it.

The first one would be that the first time I tried to "safely remove the drive" from my laptop it kept on seeing that there was an application still accessing the drive. So I closed all visible application open and tried again. No dice. I tried opening the task manager and closing all the processes that I though could possibly have access to drive with no avail. I restarted the computer and removed the drive. I tried again and it worked fine, removing itself with no problems. No it seems that it only shows the problem at completely random times and I have no idea. Anybody else have the same problem.

Second question I have is simpler. Since I have backed up my whole drive on my new external is it still neccessary to have the Recovery Partition on my laptop hard drive? I feel like all it would do would be to take up space. Any suggestions ?

Thank You in advance

Answer:Hard Drive Recovery Partition Neccesary?

Safely Remove External Drive


Quote:




From archive...

Usually at least one open handle to the drive prevents
the save removal.
Try to discover who has an open handle to your USB drive:

Get Sysinternals ProcessExplorer
http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilitie...sExplorer.html

Go to 'Find'->'Find Handle' and enter your drive letter like
U: and click 'Search'.

Then it lists all processes that hold open handles to your drive.





regarding backup, the recovery partition is typically used to restore the machine back to the day it was purchased by installing a fresh OS. It's nice to have in an emergency.

If I really needed the space, I'd use a hard drive imaging tool such as clonezilla to create an image file of my hard drive. Then save this image file on the external. Clonezilla does a great job of compressing images. Recently, in the office, we imaged a hd with 63gb of used space. The output image file was 23 gb.

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Hi there. I'm running a HP Pavilion dv9500 running Vista 32-bit that didn't come with any Recovery disks.The problem I have is I can't get it to boot into Windows because my HDD is failing, however I can get it to launch into the Recovery partition. Obviously I want to replace the HDD but then the Recovery Partition goes with it too and thus I want to backup my recovery partition - but again, I can't use the tool to do that because it requires you to be able to be in the OS.If I can access the recovery partitions contents, possibly by booting off a live CD of a linux distro, is there anyway to copy the contents of the Recovery Partition to either a USB or multiple DVDs that would get them to work as if I'd used the Recovery tool? Thanks.

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I have a HP PC with the OS recovery on a separate partition and the disk is now dead. No way of booting to the disk or reading from it. All kinds of errors that say the hard drive has failed. I tryed rocovery console to fix the boot and MBR. Still no luck. My ? is if I were to replace the drive and wanted to reinstall XP, could I use an  XP setup disk from a friend and use the activation key thats on the side of the tower and still be legal?Thanks, Tom

Answer:Recovery partition and hard drive failure

I believe so, it's really the key your paying for and not the disc.Preemptive comment, for next posters:No, each Disc does not only accept a certain key or certain sets of keys. ALL windows XP CDs are the SAME.

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Hi, I was just wondering if this would work. I am installing a bigger hard drive in a notebook that is 3 yrs old. It has a recovery partition. Is it possible to put in the blank new drive, Boot with UBCD4Win and create a new partition same size as the recovery partition on the old drive, then copy the recovery image to it from the old drive connected via usb drive adapter. Then remove old drive and boot up with xp cd and reinstall xp
fom it? I hate reinstalling from cd then trying to hunt down all the drivers, we don't have the drivers cd anymore. Or is there a easier way? :confused
 

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I have a compaq presario whose drive is failing (bad blocks in OS partition). I don't have recovery discs for it, and the recovery partition is intact, so I want to copy everything to another hard drive. But that hasn't worked out so far.

The original drive is 500gb. As an experiment, I tried to copy the entire disk to a 120gb with EASUS to grab any other important sectors (MBR), and the OS partition to a resized one on the 120gb drive. The windows boot partition may have also been resized, I had a hard time maintaining it's size.

But -- this did not work. When trying to boot to the recovery partition (F11), it appeared to work at first, but then gave error "device not available" - pretty unhelpful. In fact, I've had a number of problems with this compaq getting tools to run because most of them choke on this proprietary crap.

What am I supposed to do to move this thing? I'd order the disks, compaq's instructions and requirements for this are really confusing and I can't wait that long.
 

Answer:copying recovery partition to new hard drive???

What model number presario?
What OS / version ?

If it's not too old, it's easy to call HP to order recovery media - I have done it before for a customer.

If you have MSDN or Technet, and you have valid product key/COA sticker on the notebook, you may be able to get the same OS and just activate it using the product key on the laptop.

Imaging software should allow you the option to copy partitions only.
Also, you should be able to do a raw, byte-for-byte, copy but some programs this is not default.

In your situation, I would not bother trying to clone the entire drive ... just all the partitions you
know are good (are you 100% sure only the OS partition is corrupted?).

I'd lay down those cloned partitions on a new drive and recreate the OS partition manually and
attempt to recover to it.
 

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Laptop HP dv6627om
HDD Fujitsu
Vista
Unit is suffering from a failing hard drive. Windows would boot (until recently) but unit's HDD would begin to grind shortly after (10-15 minutes) and unit would display a garble and have to be shut off. Tested unit's hard drive (fujitsu SATA 160Gb), unit failed repeated tests, seatools and others including what's to be found in the BIOS.

I was able to clone the recovery partition but not the windows partition using DriveImage XML. When I put that partition on a new 2.5in SATA HDD F-11 would not load the recovery partition. I put it on an external drive and attempted to boot from it, and that didn't work either.

The only other solution I have tried was to use the recovery partition on the failed hard drive so that the data may have not been as corrupt. Then I could just clone the C: partition; however, that failed resulting in the same grinding sounds without the garbled screen.

I'm not really sure the correct way to do this... I have no vista disk.

Any help would be welcome, it's a bit time sensative so hopefully I can resolve this soon.
 

Answer:Recovery partition needs to be transfered to new hard drive

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Using MiniTool PartWiz, I unhid the RECOVERY (F: ) partition. Is it safe to change the drive letter to (E: )? Will it still work?

Answer:Change drive letter of RECOVERY partition?

Yes. As long as you don't change the starting sector of the recov partition. A letter is just an alias. It won't damage anything.

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Windows 10The recovery partition/ d rive is 23 GB and has filled up with 20 GB of who knows what - I am getting memory warnings.Plenty of memory on the c drive.363MB is system and reserved,  20GB is 'other' - no details.What is this and how do I get rid of it?

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Hi,
I created the USB recovery drive successfully with the option "Back up system files to the recovery drive".
Since I needed the USB for another purpose, I transferred the files from the USB to a separate partition on an external HDD and made this drive bootable using YUMI.

So now, on the same laptop, I am able to boot to this new partition on my external HDD where windows recovery environment comes up just fine. I did not want to test the reset or refresh part. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the "System Restore" option on the advanced options screen. I got an error message "To use system restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system and then select System Restore"
This is on the same laptop. Any idea on what could be going on here and on how this can be fixed?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Move recovery drive to a separate partition

I got this to work. I had to change the boot mode to UEFI from legacy. On booting from my external HDD,
the UEFI firmware recognized the windows boot manager on the new partition. System restore appears to be ok.
"bcdedit /enum" command from the command window shows the correct values.

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My computer came with Vista installed on it, and I want to install a new OS on it (Specifically windows 7 beta). It has a 10GB recovery drive on it.
What I want to know is, since there was no OS disk with my laptop, if I install a new OS will I be able to go back to Vista if I want because of the recovery drive, or will the new OS wipe out the recovery partition.

Its a gateway laptop by the way.

I also wanted to know, if I make a recovery disk, would it be able to re-install the OS; and could someone instruct me on how to do this?

Answer:General Partition Recovery Drive Question

Well when you install the new OS, if you do that over the old one than in theory the recovery drive should stay intact because it is on a different partition. But as far as being able to go back to your older OS after installing the new one with the recovery drive, I highly doubt that.

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Hi, I was just wondering if this would work. I am installing a bigger hard drive in a notebook that is 3 yrs old. It has a recovery partition. Is it possible to put in the blank new drive, Boot with UBCD4Win and create a new partition same size as the recovery partition on the old drive, then copy the recovery image to it from the old drive connected via usb drive adapter. Then remove old drive and boot up with xp cd and reinstall xp
fom it? I hate reinstalling from cd then trying to hunt down all the drivers, we don't have the drivers cd anymore. Or is there a easier way?
 

Answer:Move recovery partition to new drive to reinstall XP?

Probably not, there may be a an entry for it in the MBR that would also need to be copied.

In any case, why don't you just image the drive from the old one to the new one? Many hard drives have utilities that you can download from the manufacturer's website to clone a drive, not sure how many of them work with a USB connected drive but worth a shot. Or try a free utility like this: http://www.download.com/Macrium-Reflect-Free-Edition/3000-2242_4-10845728.html
 

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Purchased used computer nfrom thrift store don't know if recovery partition is ther for reset don't know password sign on was in a microsoft account.

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I own SanDisk 256gb SSD, It has 2 Partitions C: for Windows & D: for my personal data. I have encrypted Drive D: with Bitlocker in Win 10.

Now for the purpose of resale should I completely Wipe Partition C & D (so that purchaser couldn't recover any of my files) or it is impossible to recovery as it was having Encryption ? Thanks

Answer:Do I need to Wipe/Erase my SSD Partition after removing Bit-locker

Most normal computer people cannot recover files off of a formatted drive.
Because the drive was encrypted, the files will no longer be accessible if the drive is formatted and they do not have the password
If you are paranoid, wiping the drive is a good idea.

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I bought my PC with Vista including a special partition DATA (E) containing HDDRecovery
Since I installed Windows 7 and I created a new recovery disk.
Is it possible to erase old partition E now ?
Thank you for your answer.

Answer:Erase Vista old partition HDDRecovery after migration to W7

Hi,

> Is it possible to erase old partition E now ?

as I know, installing windows with recovery disk will retrieve HDDRecovery folder :) So, you can.

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I have a disk with 2 partictions. Recently my system would not recognise either one of them. However I have got lucky and XP home is able to read from one of these 2 partitioned drives. However when copying some files from this drive I get message - Data error :Cyclic redundancy check. But this is only sometimes and I have been able to copy most of my data off this drive.

My big problem is that the second partition is unaccesible. Xp recognises this drive as as drive G: but it is unable to read it.

Just for info when booting I get a Master File Table error.

Can anyone recomend any software tools to recover my data. Would really really be a huge help.

Thanks
 

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Hi Guys,

I bought a sony vaio laptop VPCYB15AG in 2011(only 1 year warranty). Few days ago everytime when i switch on or restart my machine a message will pop up saying "smart hard disk failure, please consider to backup your files", press ESC to continue". Then it will load to desktop as normal.

I have called sony service center in my area to change the new hard disk, but the price are too expensive.
I want to know if i can just buy the new internal hard disk brand Hitachi or others from computer hardware shops to replace the broken hard disk? if yes, do i need to get the same hard disk brand? (hitachi)? Can you guys give some brands/model that suit my laptop model?

I also want to know can i keep/transfer the OEM Win 7 starter,pre installed softwares and recovery partition into the new hard disk?
I just want to change the new hard disk but keep everything else that comes with OEM from sony including the recovery partition.
I have created the recovery disks.

Please help me guys, and pardon me for my bad english.

Answer:How do i transfer OEM Sony Recovery Partition into new hard drive?

1. Yes you can install any 2.5" HDD - any make and any size.

2. Best is to make an image of all partitions of your current HDD to an external disk. Then you can restore these partitions to the new HDD. You can try Windows 7 imaging but I would recommend free Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium

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Hello,

having to configure a new HP laptop with pre-installed Win7, I need to create some extra logical drives to organize things better.

Unfortunately, the usual OEM scenario applies: all four possible primary partitions are already happily taken by the manufacturer:
SYSTEM (no drive letter),
(C:),
Recovery (D:),
HP_TOOLS (no drive letter).
(Why can't they just make one partition Extended to begin with...)

However, this thread and similar ones here contain excellent info*, so I know already what can be done. I don't want to touch SYSTEM, and don't want to remove Recovery or HP_TOOLS; so the only option for me seems to be to turn (C:) into an extended partition, then shrink, then add logical volumes as required.
Sounds feasible enough**.

The one remaining question I have is rather simple:
Is it possible to then assign another drive letter than the original (D:) to the Recovery partition?
The point being that I'd like the user (not me) to be able to use drive letters C:, D:, and E: (with Recovery being e.g. R:), so that she is not confused by, and always has to think about, having to "skip" D:

On this forum I found some statements saying no it shouldn't be done (because then the F11 boot into recovery won't work any more), while others say yes, it can be done with no ill effects.

Any "authoritative" answer to this?
Would it even be possible to remove any drive letter from Recovery, so as to make it "invisible"?

Thanks for any tips!

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Answer:Assign another drive letter than original (D:) to Recovery partition?

Hello Tronje, and welcome to Seven Forums.



The Recovery Manager in Windows 7 and at boot/startup (F11) uses this Recovery (D) partition to start the factory recovery process. (in Windows 7) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
(at boot/startup) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
Removing the drive letter from the Recovery (D) partition would cause you to no longer be able to open the Recovery Manager in Windows 7. I'm not sure if at boot/startup (F11) would still work or not. You would have to test afterwards to see. If not, then you would need to add the drive letter back.

Changing the drive letter of the Recovery (D) partition could cause you to no longer be able to open the Recovery Manager in Windows 7. I'm not sure if at boot/startup (F11) would still work or not. You would have to test afterwards with both methods to see. If not, then you would need to change the drive letter back to (D).


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,              Will formatting the hard drive using an xp cd remove the recovery partition too??

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