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Can't seem to make a recovery disk or install disk

Question: Can't seem to make a recovery disk or install disk

I've tried using the "Create a Recovery Drive" and have tried making my own installation media using the "Media Creation Tool". Both seem to do nothing, just constantly search.

The Media Creation Tool stays on the "getting a few things ready" screen for upwards of half an hour then I'll close it and it'll say "setup is cleaning up before it closes" and it'll stay on that screen forever. Even task manger won't close it - it will not show up as a process any longer, but still on the screen. EDIT: I have to shut down the computer to close the window.

Create a Recovery Drive, when choosing "Back up system files to the recovery drive", does pretty much the same thing, a screen with a green progress bar going left to right for hours.

I'm trying to put it, either way, on a 32gb USB flash drive.

This is driving me nuts. Its a new computer no software has been installed by me other than the MCT and a tool to find the windows product key. I'm very new to Windows 10 coming from XP.

thanks in advance

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Preferred Solution: Can't seem to make a recovery disk or install disk

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Answer: Can't seem to make a recovery disk or install disk

Hello Plaid Moose, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If you like, you could directly download a Windows 10 ISO file, then create a USB with it.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9...-download.html

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

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I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium OEM. Apparently as of Windows Vista Microsoft in it's ingenious asinine have decided to stop giving out dvd's and cds for operating systems. I've seen briefly something about a custom Toshiba application on the laptop to make a 'recovery' disk.Whats the differance between a recovery disk and a windows 7 install Disk?How would I go about making both? Any help would be greatly appreciated!Regards!

Answer:Create Install Disk? / Make Recovery Disk?

The differences in OEM recovery disks and a full Windows installation disk is that the former can only be used to restore that particular model of computer while the latter will install on any computer with compatible hardware.I don't know the exact procedure you need to use to create the disks but it should be spelled out in your manual and possibly even on your start up screens.Be aware that those disks will be created from data on a partition already on your hard drive. That partition can also be used to restore to factory settings. The primary reason to make the restore set is to have the means to restore in the event your hard drive fails. I advise you to make those disks ASAP and make copies of them too. You will only get one bite of the apple. That is to say you are only allowed to create ONE restore set. The process won't work after one set has been made.

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I've tried using the "Create a Recovery Drive" and have tried making my own installation media using the "Media Creation Tool". Both seem to do nothing, just constantly search.

The Media Creation Tool stays on the "getting a few things ready" screen for upwards of half an hour then I'll close it and it'll say "setup is cleaning up before it closes" and it'll stay on that screen forever. Even task manger won't close it - it will not show up as a process any longer, but still on the screen. EDIT: I have to shut down the computer to close the window.

Create a Recovery Drive, when choosing "Back up system files to the recovery drive", does pretty much the same thing, a screen with a green progress bar going left to right for hours.

I'm trying to put it, either way, on a 32gb USB flash drive.

This is driving me nuts. Its a new computer no software has been installed by me other than the MCT and a tool to find the windows product key. I'm very new to Windows 10 coming from XP.

thanks in advance

Answer:Can't seem to make a recovery disk or install disk

Hello Plaid Moose, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If you like, you could directly download a Windows 10 ISO file, then create a USB with it.

Windows 10 ISO Download

USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

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my computer came with a hidden recovery partition.  i don't have an xp installation cd.  there never was one.is there any way i can assemble the files needed to create a bart pe disk, either by copying the necessary files, or by other means, from the recovery partitions files?.if not, what files am i lacking?   

Answer:can i make bart pe disk without xp install disk?

Does your computer have an icon for creating recovery disks?

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Hey folks. Does anyone know if it is possible to re-image a Dell XP installation disk so it may be installed on another brand PC?

Also would like to thank everyone responsible for the Vista slipstream article and the respondents to my questions. Everything worked and now the once slow, crapware-ridden laptop is running as it should!

Answer:Make XP Install Disk from Dell Install Disk

No need, just use the licence key when installing.

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Hi Folks,

I finally got round to buying a USB DVD drive in order to create recovery discs for my NB200-10Z. I got the following:

* Samsung SE-S084C, External USB 2.0 Slimline 8X DVD Writer, Black

I have twice tried to create a recovery disc and am now left with two trashed DVDs. The error codes in the error window are:

Error Code: 0E01B5-26-2A040803
Error code: 02016F-3C-00000000

The first time the burning was stopped, the second time the verify failed.

Can anyone shed light on this?

Answer:NB200-10Z: Can't make recovery disk using TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator

Hey mate,

Which disks you are using for creating a recovery disk?
I had a similar issue that it wasn?t possible to create the recovery medium so I bought blank DVD?s from another manufacture (Verbatim DVD-R) and this worked!!!

It seems that DVD-R mediums working good instead DVD+R?
It?s worth a try!!

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

Answer:Accidentally formatted the recovery partition and I can't make recovery disk

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





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

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I am a new player here, so excuse me if i make a mess of this. I have a Sony Vaiol laptop and am  running vista.  I haven't used it for a lot other than internet, so data etc.is limited and space is good.my problem started suddenly when i turned on pc and a black screen with the error message,"disk read error, press cntrl+alt+del to continuie."didnt do it! Wouldnt do anyuthing.Finally, I acquired legal sony recovery disks. And when the screen to choose operating system comes up, there is none so it says apply drivers and im lost, I have no familiarity with hard disk drivers so....but did bring up command prompt in recovery and through luck and lil else, i happened on chkdsk and found it to all check out but it does say NTFS not fat 32, but found no problems. Now Im dumb completely!!! Help if you can.

Answer:hard disk`??? wont reboot even with recovery disk yet all disk checks say fine.

Sony Vaiol laptop.Has problems of its own. It is not piratical to give you guidelines on this laptop. There have been many issues about how to repair and maintain it. The recovery discs should have everything you need.Here is a bit of advice, not really my own, try to sell the unit to somebody that thinks they know how to fix it. Then go buy a new or used laptop that will suit hour needs.The cost of ownership of any laptop is higher that many new users expect. Some more than others.This  may sound like a rant to put down Sony. It is not. Sony has made their own bed of nails. Look at this article from last year:Sony Vaio Laptop Recall: Everything You Need To KnowRead the article. You decide.

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

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hi,

recently purchased a new computer and brought XP to install on it..

Question is>>

is it possible to create you own recoery disk like you get when you purchase a laptop?

( you insert the disk and it formats then loads windows and programs)


are you able to to this for any computer or is it specailly done, if it can be done how do you do it. i have the original xp disk

thanks,
Yankeebean

Answer:make a recovery disk

If you want to quickly restore your system to a state with all your programs, I would look into using Acronis True Image. It is cheap and works like a charm. Johnwill and I are both big fans of it and you can usually find it on the web for under $30.

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 It's probably just me.  I just spent an hour trying to figure out how to make a backup image and recovery disk, and I'm having no luck:  * If I try to place the backup image on the Lenovo drive (D, it says I don't have enough free space (28GB) on D: for the estimated size of the image (62.5GB) -- is 62.5GB a rational size for the image?; * If I try to place the image on the C: drive, it says the image can't be placed on the source disk, which I guess makes sense since I'd be modifying the input source data; * If I try to place the image onto DVD's, it says I don't have enough "temporal (sic)" space -- I guess they meant to say "temporary" space.  Can't it use the free space on D: as a work area? Anyway, I'm stuck.  Anybody have any ideas?  Do I have to add an external harddrive (via a USB port) and construct the "backup.wsi" image there?  BTW, I haven't mucked with the partitions or anything like that.  All I want to do is make a Recovery Disk in case my Y550 goes belly up. 





Al SpalmacinY550 4186-46U

Answer:How To Make A Recovery Disk?

have you tried to use compression methods?
or you can try to burn factory defaults instead of creating new one.

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i am using windows 7 32 bit with 4 gb ram Pentium D 3.4 ghz.160 GB hard disk with only one partition.i want to make a full recovery disk of my entire partition or windows.i dont know how to make it.please help me out.is there any software or function available in windows 7?

Answer:Want to make a recovery disk

Your specs state you are using a HP computer, but doesn't state which model.

This tutorial explains the HP recovery procedure for creating a set of recovery discs and recovering your computer with them should the need arise.The procedure may be slightly different for your computer, if so you'll need to check on HP's support site.

Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery HP Pavilion dv7-1245dx Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

This tutorial explains how to create a system image backup using Windows 7's software.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

To recover your computer from a sytem image backup, you need this tutorial.

System Image Recovery

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I have a Dell desktop running windows vista. Recently, the hard drive crashed and I've replaced it and the computer is back up and running normal. My question is if I should make recovery disks like I did when I got it. I have all of the disks from Dell that include Vista and the drivers and utilities, but I thought I remembered having to make a set of disks when I got the computer. Is this needed?

Answer:Should I make a recovery disk???

Hi;If I may suggest that you make a full image recovery backup instead of making only recovery discs. When you mount the image backup file it will be good as new. Try using the paid version of Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image 11 or Paragon. They have files/folder backup capabilities which includes all drivers and programs. If you want a freeware try Macrium Reflect Free. If your hdd is a Seagate then at their website they have a software DiscWizard which is a downgrade of Acronis True Image 11 similar to Macrium Reflect Free edition. You will only need a reserved hard drive for it. You can also clone your hard drive using DiscWizard and Acronis True Image. Try it. It beats re-installing again(but again you will need a back-up drive). Wilders Security Forum has an official forum for Acronic True Image you may want to check it out. http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=65Regards,voltronDefender

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I have just bought a second hand PC for my son. It has XP installed but no disk with it. The instalation code is on a lable stuck on the PC. How do i make a recovery Disk if i need to reinstall XP please.

Answer:How do I make a Recovery Disk

I don't think you can. You can use the recovery partition (if it has one - F8 on start up) or borrow an XP CD and use your own code.

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Hello...I'm hoping that I'm in the right forum for 1...and please bare with me as I've never done this before and I'm extremely nervous I'm gonna mess it even more lol. But I'm trying to follow the directions in "How to Clean Reinstall a Factory OEM Windows 7" and when I got to the part (actually I'm just reading it all first) about making a Recovery Disk I'm not quite sure if I'll be able to. My laptop is in need of this Clean Install in the first place because I have no IE and I'm missing some important files like Program Files x86 there just gone poof gone...some of the other one that are missing I might not even be aware of and some are corrupted because when I try to get into them I get a nasty noise with a window and a error message saying something about windows hating me lol. So what happens if I can't make a Recovery Disk...then what? I originally was just going to do a clean install back to factory settings right out of the box but then I'm missing all the programs that actually came with my laptop. So ThrashZone saw my post in another Microsoft Windows forum and said he thought this would be better...I'm just really confused now. Especially with the Recovery Disk. I'm open to any help or suggestions anyone may have but to be honest I only speak plain english

Thanks
DoeZ

Answer:Not sure how to make a Recovery Disk

Welcome to the forum,

Is this the part you are referring to?






Quote:
4. Make your Recovery Disks so you have a path back to factory condition, following the steps given in your PC's setup literature or in the Manual located on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer. As an alternative to Recovery Disks you can save a Windows 7 Backup Image or Macrium Image of the entire HD.● If you have a Recovery or OEM tools partition, these may not run after clean reinstall so be sure to make your Recovery Disks.

● You can wait until afterwards to see if Recovery or (Diagnostics) Tools partitions will run from boot to decide if you want to delete those partitions and recover the space into C or elsewhere (using Step 3 here).




From this tutorial,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Your specs only say Toshiba Laptop, can you give us the model number as well.

In the mean time I'll refer the author of the tutorial here.

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I have just completed rebuilding my PC win xp (pro), all related drivers and some software. The system is working very well. I would like to make an image of the hard disk (recovery disk) on DVD. Can some tell me how it's done.Thank you all

Answer:How to make a recovery disk (DVD)

Use a ghosting program , such as Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image (free with a rival magazines covermount)

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Many people have systems that come preconfigured with W7 and therefore have no recovery disk. This Technique will allow you to create a recovery disk that will not allow for a reinstall, but will allow for the many other system repair functions including boot repair.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE ONE OF THESE, before a situation exists.

"Windows 7 comes with a tool for creating its recovery disc. Click the Start orb, type backup, and select Backup your computer. In the resulting window's left pane, click Create a system repair disc. You'll be prompted to insert a blank disc."

"When you boot from either the Vista or the Windows 7 disc, the boot process just might find your problem and offer to fix it before anything else happens. If not, or if this doesn't work, follow the prompts to the System Recovery Options menu. Everything is pretty obvious from there."

As presented by Langa F. Windows Secrects.

Answer:Please make a W7 recovery disk

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Originally Posted by pat mcgroin


Many people have systems that come preconfigured with W7 and therefore have no recovery disk. This Technique will allow you to create a recovery disk that will not allow for a reinstall, but will allow for the many other system repair functions including boot repair.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE ONE OF THESE, before a situation exists.

"Windows 7 comes with a tool for creating its recovery disc. Click the Start orb, type backup, and select Backup your computer. In the resulting window's left pane, click Create a system repair disc. You'll be prompted to insert a blank disc."

"When you boot from either the Vista or the Windows 7 disc, the boot process just might find your problem and offer to fix it before anything else happens. If not, or if this doesn't work, follow the prompts to the System Recovery Options menu. Everything is pretty obvious from there."

As presented by Langa F. Windows Secrects.




In windows 7 you can create a whole system image,this will take a exact image of your hdd,this includes all your software etc,

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My friend purchased a laptop from PC World a couple of weeks ago, He did ask the sales advisor if the laptop would come with a Windows XP disk, the sales advisor said 'It will come with a recovery disk so that in the event of an operating system failure you would be able to reinstall your operating system'The PC World my friend purchased the laptop from is a long way away and he has no way of been able to go back to the store. I was wondering is there a way that he would be able to create a recovery disk so that in the event of him having a system failure, he would be able to reinstall his operating system, my friend is a bit concerned with having no recovery disk etc in case his laptop has an operating system failure as he has no means of been able to reinstall it. It seems a BIG oversight on PC World's part leaving a recovery disk out of the box.

Answer:Is there a way to make a recovery disk

On first boot, the laptop will give the option to make a recovery disc. Either one DVD or 5 CDs.

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Hi, This is probably an easy one to answer..My Mum and Dad have just decided to enter the computer world and have purchased a HP laptop, all ok.The instructions say that before you use it you have to make your own recovery disks,My Question is what media should you use DVD - R or CD - R or +R or doesn?t it matter?Thanks

Answer:make your own recovery disk

I would opt for DVD-R or CD-R depending on the size of disc required. I would also make a back up copy in case the original gets damaged or lost.

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I bought a new cheap tower with windows 8 at Bestbuy the other day. I hooked it up and fired it up and started doin stuff on it. I realized later that it never asked if i wanted to make a recovery disk. What do i need to do to assure if it crashes i can boot it back up and load windows again?

skeeter

Answer:Should I and How do i make a recovery disk for new computer.

If it's a premade system, it should have an option to make recovery discs.

Try searching for "recovery" or "creator" on the program search screen, and see if an application to create recovery media is available or not.

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just got the last license for windows 7 home premium 32bit on a 3 license disk. at first i thought it was just an upgrade disk, but then it offered me the ability to install windows 7 as a real operating systems. the box is orange. my dad bought the disk from his friend at work, he used the second license, and i used the last. i buy all my software legitimately. is this ok to do? it also gives me the ability to make a recovery disk, if this is ok, then what should i do before i make a recovery disk. if its not ok, the i want nothing to do with this... and am going to go back to vista/ubuntu

thanx for your help.

astraltraveler

Answer:what do i need to know/do before i make a recovery disk? and 3 user...

You don't need a recovery disk, just make a copy of the install disk. That is perfectly legal as long as no one uses the license key that you used.

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right now i am using a toshiba laptop with windows vista. And i followed instructions and downloads from:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4910631_down...very-disk.html

well i followed everything it said, now when i ran the thing i downloaded it says:
"This program creates the Stup boot disks for Microsoft Windows XP.
To create these disks, you need toprovide 6 blank, formatted, high-density disks.
Please specify the floppy drive to copy the images to:_" <-- (flashing under score)

i already inserted a black DVD-R but i don't know what to type in for the floppy drive for the process to begin
i am sorry i am not so good with computers, need easy to understand help :) thanks!

Answer:Trying to make a recovery disk for windows xp

someone please help!

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Does anyone know of programs that can make your own dvd recovery disks of your current windows installation? So for an example I install vista fresh and all drivers and maybe couple games and or programs then later on in the future I can restore it fresh again with the same configuration. Thanks...
 

Answer:How to make your own recovery windows disk.....

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
 

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How do I make a back-up/recovery disk for Windows 10?  I made one when I bought this machine that had Windows 8.1 on it but I don't recall how I did it.  Help please.  Thanks in advance for the help.

Answer:how do I make a windows 10 recovery disk

Hi there @PaulSenior?Welcome to the HP Support Forums! It is a great place to find the help you need, both from other users, HP experts and other support personnel. I understand that you are looking for a method to make a recovery disk for your system after upgrading to Windows 10.  I am happy to help with this. The method you would have used to make recovery media for your original operating system would be to use the factory installed recovery manager.  As an FYI for the Windows 8 method -Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 8)Troubleshooting HP System Recovery Problems (Windows 8)HP PCs - Creating and Using a System Image to Restore Your Computer (Windows 8) However those tools are not going to help for making a Windows 10 image. For Windows 10, the intention of Microsoft is to dispense with recovery images, however there are still ways to make one. Here are a few pages I found that cover the options in the operating system, how to make a repair disk, and to make an image. Recovery options in Windows 10 - windows.microsoft.comHow to Create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10 - www.tenforums.comReset Recovery Image - Create in Windows 10 - www.tenforums.com I hope this helps.

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computer freezes. warnig of 354Mb free space of 8.66GB in HP_RECOVERY-D. DRIVE in windows vista 32bit, Hp dektop multimedia computer- How to make more free space in Drive Hp-Recovery D:

Answer:HP. Recovery disk D: drive- how to make more

You should not do this.The recovery partition is intended to allow restoring the system to it's original state. The partition and it's contents should not be modified in any way.

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Hi, my brother has just bought an ei system laptop that didn't come supplied with recovery disks. it was my understanding that the system normally asks you to make a recovery cd the first time it starts up but my bro reckons this never happened and now needs to make one without the prompt.where does he start?ps. i know you can make one with imaging software but is it necessary to pay out for it just to make this disk? i know you can trial acronis etc but will the cd run if the software has come to it's trial end?

Answer:how to make a recovery disk for new laptop

click hereNo you can't use a trial Acronis

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hello,
my ASUS PC stopped working (windows8) . it would not boot up to windows. I had no disks.
I bought another ASUS PC like the one that is broken. Can I make windows 8 recovery disk on my new PC and use the disk to boot up the old/broken PC? is it possible and How do I do this? thank you very much

Answer:how to make windows 8 recovery disk to use on another PC

If it is really the same, yes. The user manual should have instructions on how to create recovery media for the PC model you have.

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Hello,

I recently purchaced a new notebook, shipped with W7 64-bit HP. I need 32-bit in order to run certain programs, so I used my W7 Ult DVD and installed it on this laptop.

I did not delete the recovery partition that was already on the drive, but I re-installed my own W7 on the partition with the pre-installed W7.

This was a mistake... I lack a lot of drivers and pre-compiled software that is not available for download from the manufactor.

So, I hope there is a way to make the recovery disk bootable, so I can boot from it in order to respawn the pre-installed W7.

Any ideas and tips are more than welcome!

Answer:Make RECOVERY disk bootable?

All data will be DELETED, backup your data first.

You will need to mark the Recovery Partition ACTIVE.

1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)
Partition - Mark as Active

On reboot Recovery will start.

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Hi guys I am new in this forum & this is my first post, I need your help please,

I have purchased a new Sony Vaio laptop / PCG-71911M

the harddrive is partition in 2

the first partition is hidden, it have the Windows 7 installation with factory settings,

Please first I need to know is which button I am suppose to press encase I will need to make a factory installation, as you know their is something to press like f2 or something.

& the other thing I need to know is I made my laptop ready with Ms Office & all the programs I needed,

Now I need to made a dvd for when I go to make a restore disk, I need it to install my laptop as it is today with complete install can I do that ?

Hi to every body in this forum.,

Answer:Need help to make a recovery disk in Windows 7

The hidden partition generally contains all the software (as well as windows) the computer originally came with. It's a kind of backup but does not include your personal files.
In this case though some here may disagree with me. I really just suggest backing up personal files, as the computer can be restored to it's factory state at any time.

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So my computer kept getting this blue screen everytime I logged on and it would restart on me.
I forgot to make a recovery disk for my computer when I first bought it.

I was doing some searching on the internet and I found a "ISO image" someone generiously put on the internet for my system (windows 7 x64 bit).

I was wondering if I can download it and burn it on my CD/DVD on my sisters computer (which runs windows vista.)?

Sorry if my question doesnt make sense, im not good with computers. >__<;;

Answer:Forgot to make recovery disk, HELP!!

be careful what your downloading from other people.... an iso is a disk image, download this, than burn it to the disk, you can than use that to boot up, and repair startup with that

her computer most likely came with a program that can burn iso's

when you get your computer started up again make sure to scan it right away with http://www.malwarebytes.org/

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Hey can somone tell me how to make a system recovery disk my pc just cashed and i am trying to fix it i am on my friends pc know so if u can tell me how to make one and i am useing windows XP and i need to know to make one and put it on a flobby disk so if anyone knows how please tell me thanks.
Thanks again

Answer:How to make a system recovery Disk

I don't know of any floppy that will do a generic recovery of a crashed system. I think you need to be more specific as to your exact symptoms and we'll work from there.

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computer freezes. warnig of 354Mb free space of 8.66GB in HP_RECOVERY-D. DRIVE in windows vista 32bit, Hp dektop multimedia computer

Answer:HP. Recovery disk D: drive- how to make more

You should not be able to access the hp recovery partition from vista nor should you be using it for storage at all.Someone royally screwed up when they made that partition accessable to vista.Did you delete the original data that was there?

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hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

Answer:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis


also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1



How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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My eMachine T5048 came with a Recovery Disk that I've had to reinstall XP (Media Center Edition) with it more than a few times over the past 3-1/2 years and it's become slightly scratched and dirty despite my meticulous efforts to keep it in pristine condition. I don't want to clean it for fear of adding more scratches. And now I worry that when the time comes to use it again if need be, it may not work for me and I'll be stuck with a dead computer and no OS to reinstall. I could prevent this if I could make a duplicate copy of my recovery disk to have as a backup in case the original ever fails me in the future.I've already made many attempts to do this. I put the recovery disk in the drive, exited out of the install when it came up. Using Windows Explorer to see the contents on the disk, I highlighted everything, right-clicked and "copied", then created a folder on my hard drive and in that folder I "pasted" everything from the CD into it. Then I took the recovery disk out, put a blank DVD in (the total size of everything from the disk is 1.4Gb's so a CD is too small) and tried to copy & paste from the hard drive to the DVD but I kept getting the same error window popping up telling me "Problem Copying" asking me to Retry, Skip, or Cancel. I tried over and over clicking the Retry button but it wouldn't copy anything over. Here's a screenshot of that error window: http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/5294/... Read more

Answer:How do I make a backup copy of my XP Recovery Disk?

Try this free disk burning program Imgburn at http://www.imgburn.comcopy your recovery disk to your hard drive, then burn it back to a blank cd-rThis program is very easy to use.

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Can anyone point me in the direction of a link on making a recovery disk for an XP computer... Please... and Thank You!

Derek

Answer:Wanting to make a Recovery Disk for an XP Computer.

I believe Warez posted a guide on it sometime ago... I don't have the link on me right now because I'm at school, but I know I have it at home xD.

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

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

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

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

If not Use this tutorial.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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

Welcome to the Forums

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Hi!

I am using a small tablet with Windows on it. It already has little space (32GB which is actually 29 GB), with Windows eating up a ton of space. Now, with a virtual partition on the tablet reserved for system recovery, I have less than 5 GB left, not enough for Windows to update. I would like to merge the virtual partition so as to get ~5 GB extra space, in or to do so I would like to make a recovery disk on a SD-card.

The problem is, Windows does not seem to recognise the SD-card when I try to make a recovery disk! Is there a workaround, or did I get the SD-card in vain?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:How to make a system recovery disk on a SD-card

Originally Posted by 1993matias


Hi!

I am using a small tablet with Windows on it. It already has little space (32GB which is actually 29 GB), with Windows eating up a ton of space. Now, with a virtual partition on the tablet reserved for system recovery, I have less than 5 GB left, not enough for Windows to update. I would like to merge the virtual partition so as to get ~5 GB extra space, in or to do so I would like to make a recovery disk on a SD-card.

The problem is, Windows does not seem to recognise the SD-card when I try to make a recovery disk! Is there a workaround, or did I get the SD-card in vain?

Thanks for any help!



First of all did an upgrade to Windows 10 on this tablet. Can you give the make and model of this tablet. Believe can not use an SD to do this, be best with a USB Flash drive. If upgraded some of that space is being also used by backup of old OS. Hooking a USB device usually by using a OTG Cable on a tablet. 5GB left on drive is not going to be good enough, 75-80 % used on a drive will cause significant slowdown in performance.

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right now i am using a toshiba laptop with windows vista. And i followed instructions and downloads from:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4910631_down...very-disk.html

well i followed everything it said, now when i ran the thing i downloaded it says:
"This program creates the Stup boot disks for Microsoft Windows XP.
To create these disks, you need toprovide 6 blank, formatted, high-density disks.
Please specify the floppy drive to copy the images to:_" <-- (flashing under score)

i already inserted a black DVD-R but i don't know what to type in for the floppy drive for the process to begin
i am sorry i am not so good with computers, need easy to understand help thanks!
 

Answer:Trying to make a recovery disk for windows xp using vista

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Following the preperation instructions from MS I tried to save data with recovery disk. I keep getting "failure to create recovery disk" for floppy and even if I try to send to burner. The details tell me it failed to make disk etc.
Any ideas?

TIA

Howard
 

Answer:XP (Home) SP2 unable to make recovery disk

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Hi!

I am using a small tablet with Windows on it. It already has little space (32GB which is actually 29 GB), with Windows eating up a ton of space. Now, with a virtual partition on the tablet reserved for system recovery, I have less than 5 GB left, not enough for Windows to update. I would like to merge the virtual partition so as to get ~5 GB extra space, in or to do so I would like to make a recovery disk on a SD-card.

The problem is, Windows does not seem to recognise the SD-card when I try to make a recovery disk! Is there a workaround, or did I get the SD-card in vain?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:How to make a system recovery disk on a SD-card

1993matias said:

Hi!

I am using a small tablet with Windows on it. It already has little space (32GB which is actually 29 GB), with Windows eating up a ton of space. Now, with a virtual partition on the tablet reserved for system recovery, I have less than 5 GB left, not enough for Windows to update. I would like to merge the virtual partition so as to get ~5 GB extra space, in or to do so I would like to make a recovery disk on a SD-card.

The problem is, Windows does not seem to recognise the SD-card when I try to make a recovery disk! Is there a workaround, or did I get the SD-card in vain?

Thanks for any help!



First of all did an upgrade to Windows 10 on this tablet. Can you give the make and model of this tablet. Believe can not use an SD to do this, be best with a USB Flash drive. If upgraded some of that space is being also used by backup of old OS. Hooking a USB device usually by using a OTG Cable on a tablet. 5GB left on drive is not going to be good enough, 75-80 % used on a drive will cause significant slowdown in performance.

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I have a new X300 and an 80GB Lacie Safe Mobile Hard Drive connected by USB as Drive F:  ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery does not recognize the existence of this external drive as a destination for my Rescue and Recovery files.  The USB connection was established before the R&R workspace was opened.  The two hardware products otherwise work fine together.

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ACER Aspire T300 Desktop

Answer:how to make recovery disk for aspire t300?

... guessing it depends if the Acer software is still on your pc some info here << click!... you may have a recovery partition ... click "start" run (type) diskmgmt.msc [press enter]... the above should reveal the partitions..Angel Decoy... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warrantieshttp://img132.imageshack.us/img132/...Grrrr... ...im

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I have a Lenovo G570 laptop and I want to create a recovery disk.  I made one when I first got the computer but the disks are scratched and I fear they won't work.  I went to the Lenovo forum and I can't find instructions.  They have a one-key recovery system but I want the disk.  Besides being infected (and still waiting for help) I am having problems with my Windows Notepad and want a disk.
 
Anybody know?

Answer:How to Make a Recovery Disk Lenovo Laptop

From what I read One Key recovery will create those disks.I see the following note:Note:If you use CD, you'll need 17 CDsIf you use DVD, you'll need only 3 DVDsFrom: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Welcome-FAQs-Knowledge-Base/How-to-create-quot-Factory-Default-Recovery-Disc-quot-with/ta-p/274167

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I just bought this Satellite L300-19O laptop 6 hours ago and now I got my second error message, first error I couldn't handle myself. When I tried to burn the recovery dvd-roms I recieved this error code: 0E01B5-26-00037304 error when attempting to adjust power. What on earth is that supposed to mean?

I thought I had bought a quality pc, but guess I was wrong. Still I hope someone might be able to solve the problem.

I already lost two DVD +R discs due to that Toshiba recovery disk creator and it's really bugging me at the moment.

Answer:Can't make recovery disk "can't adjust power"

Use high quality DVD-R and you will be able to create recovery media. Use TDK or Verbatim medias.
Many people here have reported about successfully recovery DVD creation.
When you do this please be sure the notebook is connected to AC power supply.

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My eMachine T5048 came with a Recovery Disk that I've had to reinstall XP (Media Center Edition) with it more than a few times over the past 3-1/2 years and it's become slightly scratched and dirty (smudged) despite my meticulous efforts to keep it in pristine condition. I don't want to clean it for fear of adding more scratches. And now I worry that when the time comes to use it again if need be, it may not work for me and I'll be stuck with a dead computer and no OS to reinstall. I could prevent this if I could make a duplicate copy of my recovery disk to have as a backup in case the original ever fails me in the future.I've already made many attempts to do this. I put the recovery disk in the drive, exited out of the install when it came up. Using Windows Explorer to see the contents on the disk, I highlighted everything, right-clicked and "copied", then created a folder on my hard drive and in that folder I "pasted" everything from the CD into it. Then I took the recovery disk out, put a blank DVD in (the total size of everything from the disk is 1.4Gb's so a CD is too small) and tried to copy & paste from the hard drive to the DVD but I kept getting the same error window popping up telling me "Problem Copying" asking me to Retry, Skip, or Cancel. I tried over and over clicking the Retry button but it wouldn't copy anything over. Here's a screenshot of that error window: http://img442.imageshack.us/... Read more

Answer:How do I make a backup copy of my XP Recovery Disk?

Here Ya Go...

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What are my options on this machine to make a recovery disk and backup in case of a hard drive failure? Also noticed OneKey 4.0 won't recognize external hard drives greater than 1TB. Why?













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:K430 with OneKey 4.0 has no option to make a recovery disk

Hi Ajssinc,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
I understand your concern and will assist you regarding the same. But please let me know the OS (Operating System) installed in the computer, so that I can provide the exact information regarding the concern.
 
Hope to hear back soon
 
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar






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Hello,

A friend needs a recovery disk to access a backup file on his computers external drive. I said" NP I'll make you one and you can have it!" Little did I realize that installing Acronis makes it impossible to see the option to make a true Win 7 Pro recovery disk. He is using Win 7 home edition.

How do I make one for my buddy?

His son allegedly made a 7 backup to the 1TB drive before the main HD crashed but he didn't make a recovery disk so he can't get at the files! His business is on the image of the HD hopefully we can get it back or he is screwed royally.

Now I can't make one either, I do know that Acronis will allow you to convert Windows backups to Acronis format and vice versa but I don't think an Acronis start up disk would see the Win 7 image.... or would it?

Thanks to all in advance!

J T

Answer:I cannot make a Win 7 MS recovery disk with Acronis 2011 installed

I've been using Acronis Trueimage for my backups and never had a problem seeing the Pro 7 backup.

What program did your friend use for the backup?

If you make a boot cd from the Acronis program ( free version) your friend is going to have to have a Seagate, Maxtor or WD hdd for it to work.

This is the reason I always tell anyone who uses this program ( and it is great) to always
create a boot cd.

When you go to Start menu > Seagate Discwizard - are you getting an error?

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

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What size USB stick should I buy as a recovery disk for Win 7 Pro?

Answer:What size of USB memory stick should I buy to make a recovery disk?

4GB would suffice but 8 or 16GB is definitely on the safe side. It is anyhow difficult to find sticks smaller than 16GB.

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I have a question about this.

Right now I will upgrade my Vista laptop to Windows 7 . I already did it before with the RC and worked great.

Anyways there are certain functions on my laptop I use . So that's why I didnt do a clean install. But if there is any problem and I need to reinstall windows. I will have to install Vista first . Till SP1 is the best I believe and then again Windows 7 .
A big hassle if you ask me?

Is there a way to make a bootable DVD or something of my laptop once I upgraded to windows 7 and I take kind of a snapshot of that moment.
or something else'

Like when i got my laptop I had to make 2 DVD's so I could reinstall windows. Was hoping I could do the same with Windows7 somehow.

Another thing is. I have an English Windows Vista on a machine but will get a Dutch windows 7 upgrade. I don't think I can upgrade from a English to Dutch right? Although the upgrade is Ultimate?

I also can install an English version of Ultimate and use the key from the Dutch ultimate? or is the key from the box really only for the DVD that's in the box ?

thank you for your answers.

Eezdva

Answer:Make recovery disk windows7 upgrade from Vista

  
Quote: Originally Posted by eezdva


I have a question about this.

Right now I will upgrade my Vista laptop to Windows 7 . I already did it before with the RC and worked great.

Anyways there are certain functions on my laptop I use . So that's why I didnt do a clean install. But if there is any problem and I need to reinstall windows. I will have to install Vista first . Till SP1 is the best I believe and then again Windows 7 .
A big hassle if you ask me?

Is there a way to make a bootable DVD or something of my laptop once I upgraded to windows 7 and I take kind of a snapshot of that moment.
or something else'

Like when i got my laptop I had to make 2 DVD's so I could reinstall windows. Was hoping I could do the same with Windows7 somehow.

Another thing is. I have an English Windows Vista on a machine but will get a Dutch windows 7 upgrade. I don't think I can upgrade from a English to Dutch right? Although the upgrade is Ultimate?

I also can install an English version of Ultimate and use the key from the Dutch ultimate? or is the key from the box really only for the DVD that's in the box ?

thank you for your answers.

Eezdva


You choose your language upon installation,i did anyway.
And microsoft have language updates also.

I think as long as the key is for "ultimate" it will work.

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While poking around my disk management I found that I have a RECOVERY section of the hard drive. It is grayed out and I cannot see the files in it. When I got my Dell inspiron 17r n7110 from best buy they had lost the data from the box, so when ever I needed help I went to dell since I was in warranty. Now that I am out of warranty I have to go to 7Forums which is better. Any how getting back to RECOVERY, which must be the program files in case I get into trouble. It must have the OS and all of the drivers for the dell system files. So I think(which is dangerous for me) I have to make a bootable disk with this recovery data on it. I noticed from prior post that the s/n of the os is on the bottom of laptop.

So far am I correct in my assumptions.

I want replace my current hdd with a ssd and all I have to do is put the new drive and place the disk in the drive and go, and Voila I have the system on the new disk.

The only question I have is how do I make a bootable disk of the recovery, since it is greyed out (so am I) I do not know how so I need a step by step how to do this!!

I know you guys have the secret formula for this, can you help me out

Regards,
Kas

Answer:How to make disk from recovery portion of hard drive

Really no secret formula...it varies from manuf. to manuf....
Check your Manual or visit the manuf.'s site for instructions.

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I'm fairly good with computers; started out in 1984 with the old Apple IIe. Just upgraded from Vista 32 bit Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium Aspire 5610Z laptop.

Haven't been able to make a system recovery disk; get the message that the files are not on either my hard drive or my upgrade installation disk. What now? How do I go about making this disk.

Thanks

brightlight 864

Answer:Unable to make System Recovery Disk in Windows 7

brightlight864,You can always use imaging software to make a backup of your working system. In the event of a crash, hardware failure or corrupted system, you can easily restore the backup....some let you do this outside of Windows.I rarely use the restore disk or program that is put on your hard drive by your computer manufacturer. The restriction is that it only images your drive from the factory so you go right back to the beginning of when you turned on your computer for the very first time.Check this link for numerous freeware alternatives. Simply browse through the Hard Drive Utilities or the like.I would personally recommend Acronis True Image. This is shareware but well worth the money. The thing I love about this program is that it allows you to make a bootable CD that you can carry with you and use on ANY computer (your friends, your work laptop, even one in an internet cafe) to make a complete system backup. The program is also very robust. For me, 5 out of 5 stars.Get it here:http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

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Hello,

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

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

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

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

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

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8079 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -248 Mb
Hard D... Read more

Answer:Solved: Recovery disk on SD card. How to make it work.

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One of the techs here had posted about how to make a Windows Xp install disk from another XP computer's files (using your own key, of course). I can't find that thread now. I happened to scratch my XP disk so bad that it won't read now. Can that person please tell me how that's done?

Answer:Make an XP install disk?

I had found this thread from december. May be the one your looking for.

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

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

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

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

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

Dell - Support

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

Dell Contact Technical Support

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 hey tech guys...  i have a T410i with windows 7...now its only a Hard disk partition...for my compatibility i need to make another partition ...is that works in its factory recovery ??   ur replies appreciated.....thank u guys... sheriff

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

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





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So I was given this Ideapad and found that it will not boot to the OS. The bios still loads fine. I was suspecting that the HD might be toast. When I hit the recovery button on the side I get the 4 optionsNormal startupBIOS SetupBoot MenuSystem Recovery When I hit the System Recovery menu I end up with a black screen labeled Boot Manager: If you hit enter from this screen you end up with this:   I made a recovery USB stick for windows 8 which will not get reconized unless I change the BIOS to LEGACY mode. When running the repair utility for Windows 8 for Automatic repair I end up with this it never works and says it could not repair my pc. As a latch ditch effort I thought maybe I can wipe out only the main OS partition and reinstall Windows 8 on it however I end up with this message...looks like the HD is now gone lol  I wasnt sure if there was any magic tricks to creating a lenova recovery disk after the fact? I know I can get a new HD and dump on a Windows OS but would be nice to retain the recovery partition. 

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

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

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

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I have a brand-new Satellite Pro C660. It worked fine for a day, now it won't load windows. I didn't get around to creating the recovery disks as I've only had it a few hours (yes, yes, I know, should have been the first thing I did). All the data is present (but backed up to USB just in case) and I can see the HDDREcovery folder with all data intact. However, I can't run the app to create recovery disks. Does anyone know how to extract the images and create the media using only the command prompt? (I can get into command prompt by booting from a friend's Win 7 disk). All boot options from the laptop's own drives fail. It says "Windows Failed to Load", and I try Startup Repair but it doesn't find any errors. Any help/thoughts on this will be much appreciated!

Answer:Re: Satellite Pro C660 - How to make recovery disk with command prompt?

Hey,

It?s not possible to create recovery disk with command prompt. You have to use the Toshiba recovery media creator on Windows.

Now it?s too late for you but you can order such a disk here:
https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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

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

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

Is there any way to do that ?

Thank you for your help...

Best Regards
 

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

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I have made a USB install drive using my OEM copy of Windows 7 64 bit. I plan to install about 5-7 of the same exact OS (64 bit Pro) in the next 2 months. I used it for the first build but used the disk for the second and noticed the product ID# is different before activation and after. I wonder if it's possible to use this USB install key to install the rest of the systems I'm building. It would sure be nicer o carry around with me. I could just try, but thought there may be someone who would know. Thanks.

Answer:Is this possible? OEM disk to make USB install drive

I'm not sure I follow you. Using a USB flash drive to install is the same as using a disc. You can use either to install the OS over and over again - you just have to use different keys (unless this is a volume license version).

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I purchased a Lenovo G510s Touch for my parents who live in Iceland. When they had used it for 1 day the hard disk died and can not be recovered according to Lenovo resellers in Iceland. I purchased a brand new SSD instead and want to set Windows 8.1 up again on the completely new SSD. There is no official way for me to contact Lenovo for support on this even though the laptop has International warranty because that doesn't apply to Iceland, so there is no easy way to return the whole laptop so I'm going with replacing the HD and installing everything again myself, so the forums is my only hope. What does someone do in this sittuation where the hard disk failes on day one and the original disk is completely useless and needs to be replaced by a brand new one and no recovery disc exists? Hope someone can assist, I have no trouble setting up a DVD or USB with the install and setting up all the necessary drivers and such, I just don't know where to look for the source material. Orvar

Answer:G510s Touch - Hard disk failed before I could make a recovery disc

hi orvarh,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
As I understand your main concern as of now is to get a Windows OS into the system.
 
The concern is the Product key inside the Motherboard.
 
You can borrow a retail Windows 8.1 Installer but it will not push Since it will not work with the Product key in the BIOS (You will need to have you own product key which will only come if you purchase one from Windows)
 
Here the options I have in mind:
 
The recovery CD/DVD can be ordered from Lenovo Technical Support. This will auto Activate the Product key you have in the BOS.
 
Purchase a Retail Version of WIndows 8.1 with Product key from Microsoft
 
Regards
Solid Cruver
 
 
 
 





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error message when attempting to create recovery disk on Gateway DX4860 - Hard drive configuration not set to factory default .backup aborted

Answer:Gateway desktop DX4860 unable to make Windows recovery disk

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Hello,

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

Now, i have two questions to ask...

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

Please Help.
Thanks a lot in Advance...

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

Help please.....

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i tried to make a disc image yesterday, then tried to backup my laptop (compaq w/ hp software and W7 home premium) and it comes up with an error saying its missing a "Volume Shadow Copy blah blah blah" its in the attachment. i want to create a system image.

help'd be appreciated.
 

Answer:Windows 7 can't backup or make disk images or system repair disk

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I get ssd hard disk i need to buy recovery dvd for y500 to install new windows with recovery    how much does it cost i need to do recovery for ssd only i need direct link for that













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Answer:I get ssd hard disk i need to buy recovery dvd for y500 to install new windows with recovery

can i download it from web site and pay by mastercard

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I'm setting up a Toshiba Encore 2 Tablet for a family member. I've already updated it to run 32-bit Windows 10 Pro 1607. It came with a very small amount of internal EMCC storage (24 GB available, NTFS formatted), but fortunately it also includes a MicroSD slot, which I've populated as a 128 GB NTFS drive. I've successfully installed and run many applications to/from this MicroSD disk ("D:\").

But this disk apparently is seen by Windows as a removable drive and so it does NOT include a Recycle Bin and Windows refuses to list this disk as available to store Restore Points, both of which I want to enable. How can I accomplish this? Am I correct in suspecting that if I can somehow force Windows to see the D:\ drive as a non-removable hard drive, it will automatically setup or enable a Recycle Bin and also allow me to turn on System Protection for the drive? If not, how can I do what I want?

Thanks!

Answer:How to make removable disk act like permanent hard disk in Win 10 Pro?

Not possible. Just backup drive regularly.

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I have found tutorials (here and elsewhere) for custom Windows (7/XP/Vista...) install disks, should you wish to tailor your Windows install to your needs. However, I have not found anything relating to my current question.

While I will create one of these Windows disks, what I am wondering right now is: Is it possible to do the same thing with multiple programs from different vendors?

I would like to eventually create a Windows install disk that has been trimmed of all the excesses I do not need, adding drivers, SP1 and some critical updates instead. If there is enough room on the install disk, I would like to add some third-party programs to be installed as well. It may turn out that I would need a Windows disk and an applications/programs disk also (as the programs themselves would be rather numerous and/or bulky).

I know it is possible, since the big OEMs do this, but would it be cost-efficient (read: free), or even possible, for an end user to do?

To make the whole thing even more confusing, I would also like to apply custom settings/automatic registrations to these programs, if possible.

Thanks in advance.
Steve

Answer:Possible to make an automatic install disk for third-party programs?

If you want the ability that the big boys have you might want to look at this.
OEM System Builder Licensing

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I recently restored my system to restore point set prior to a failed upgrade to W10 . The restore was "successful" but then... When I boot up, I get normal login but when I enter my password system tells me it is setting up my desktop??  Then it stalls in never never land. When I  boot in safe mode I get my normal desktop but not much works including networking. Most anything I try yields an explorer  error message that the file or resource cannot be found, etc.  Curiously I can open any PDF file with Acrobat and I can even browse and load  other PDF files on the hard disk from within acrobat. I ran boot log and in fact most of the the drivers other than sysroot... did not load. I tried all of the repair options provided by HP and microsoft without success.  So I decided to restore using a set of disks I dutifully prepared when I recently moved my system.  Unfortunately the restore from disk option cannot find the boot file on disk #1.  When I put the disk in another machine I see a normal set of foders including one named "Boot"??I REALLY want to get my system back to what I had when I exeuted  the restore to restore point!

Answer:System Restore issues Recovery from recovery disk set disk#1...

Be sure disc 1 is clean and no scratches and try again,

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I have a windows 7 installation disk and I don't know whether it copyrighted protected or not. If protected then how to make a duplicate disk for backup?

Answer:How to make a duplicate disk of OS installation disk?

If protected, you don't make a duplicate unless you like jail.

You download legal .iso's for the operating system you have and wish to install/reinstall.

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I have a problem making a restore disk setup! I chose to use the 4 DVD disk setup to make my retore disks but I keep getting a error on the 4th DVD and this has happened like 6 six time so I have blown though like 24 DVD's just by way of errors. I have had this same problem wth other HP Computers befor so is there a way to start the whole restore making proccess all over agian but this time so that I can chose to use 2 HD DVD disks so that I can just by pass this error thing on the 4th DVD disk because that has always worked before for me. Thanks guys

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Hi everyone, I have a T420s, SSD, Win 7 Pro 64 bit. It caught a virus the other day and I decided to just erase the disk since I already have the factory recovery disks. There are four disks all together and labeled: operating system disk 1 and disk 2, Applications and drivers.disk 1 and disk 2. The disks are verified as being the correct p/n and are 64 bit. After I install the first one (operating system) it will prompt me to install applications and drivers before the second operating system disk is even installed. If I try to put the second OS disk in, it replies back wrong disk. So I install both of the App and drivers disks as requested and when I try to put the 2nd OS disk in at the end it still replies wrong disk. It will only allow me to install 3 of the 4 disks. It will install the OS with only 3 disks but it's listed as 32 bit under system type. Things I've tried: I have two sets of recovery disks and I've tried both sets. Same results from both. Updated the BIOS to new version Erased the SSD and tried to reinstall many times.. Set UEFI in BIOS to "boot only". The computer won't install anything, just loops to boot up list (F12) Have to set it back to 'Both" Legacy and UEFI to install anything. Would really like to get this back to 64 bit if I can. Tried reading up on GPT, MBR, UEFI ect...and it just added to my confusion. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks










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Answer:Recovery disk will only install 32-bit

The Recovery Disc DVDs were mislabelled by Lenovo. If anyone ordered the Recovery Disc's shortly after the date of manufacture (circa. 2012) and are experiencing the same problem then it's quite possible that the disc's maybe mislabelled. Record and verify the P/N on the DVD, then insert the DVD into the laptop. View the DVD properties to verify that the numbers match. The DVD P/N printed on the DVD was 0B73798 (64 bit) which appears to be the correct one; however, when the DVD is loaded into the laptop the DVD properties show it to be P/N 0B73789 which is a 32 bit. The last two digits were reversed and therefore mislabelled. I called Lenovo and informed them that the DVD's were mislabelled. They sent me new Recovery Disc's free of charge even though the laptop is out of warranty and I was thankful for that. It has been a very frustrating five months and I'm not exactly pleased with the whole ordeal. Spent countless days searching and researching everything. After a few months I took the laptop to several shops and they stated that the DVD's must be mislabelled but they didn't know how to verify that. A simple recall notice from Lenovo would have been the right thing to do and it would have saved me a lot of aggravation. It only reflects on them as bad customer service. The laptop is running great now but next time it will be restored from the recovery partition...!&n... Read more

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I have a Gateway NV52L06u. I had issues with it freezing and started the system restore process. I chose to backup my files because I hadn't been able to create a restore disk for it. Now it freezes during setup and is saying that some setup files were not found. What can I do to fix this without taking it to a repair shop. My OS is Windows 7.


Thanks,

Dean

Answer:Can't re-install and no recovery disk

Does your Gateway have any Diagnostic software disc's?

You should test the hard drive to make sure it is good, if there isn't any diagnostic software, go to the hard drive mfg's website and get the diagnostic software from them.

If the laptop is still under warranty you will need to contact Gateway.

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I recenly got a new pc and, Like my old one, I want to use XP with it. I want to start fresh with no data. So can I install xp on the new HDD using the recovery disk of the old computer? What I was thinking was if I plugged the new HDD into the old computer and ran the recovery disk I could then just put that HDD in the new computer and all the drivers would automatically reinstall. will this work??

Answer:can i install xp to a new HDD with the recovery disk?

No you can't. The old computer and the new one have different hardware. If the recovery disk is from a pre-configured OEM computer the version of WinXP is keyed to the original hardware. Anyway, there may not even WinXP be drivers available for some of the hardware in the new computer. I suggest you learn how to use Windows 7. WinXP is on limited support from Microsoft.

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Recently bought a new HD, a WD Caviar Black 1TB. I bought my comp with Vista already installed. When I tried to reformat the HD I will be replacing I used the system recovery disks. Not sure if they actually reinstalled Vista or erased everything but Vista. Are they enough to install an OS on my new hard drive?

Answer:Is recovery disk enough to install OS on a new HD?

No, they are tied to the specific hardware on the other computer. You need to purchase a new copy of an OS.

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Will the recovery disk Re-Install XP??? Is there some other disk that will do that, that I might have??
 

Answer:Recovery Disk...Re-Install XP???

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Hi,
my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!
 

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I recently had to reinstall a windows 7 recovery disk and recovery driver disks that were sent to me from Lenovo support saying my warranty was good until 2015 sometime. Any way little did I know that I was in the think pad department and I have an idea pad Y570 0862 any way I explained to them in detail what my system was and they still sent me the recovery disk for the wrong machine. so I did the install not knowing it was for a think pad and now realize that there are things missing plus it is supposed to be win 7 64gb and the baseband drivers are not installed and I can't get them installed. well they won't transfer the warranty from one department to the other and say that I cannot get an extended warranty through the right department because it shows there that it is expired any way I have installed the drivers that are ment for my system to the best of my ability but I'm sure there are drivers installed for the wrong system and if I run test every thing says it is OK but I'm not sure I trust that plus I have a 32gb win 7 installed when I should have 64gb and I cannot find my blue ray info in device manager it just appears that I'm stuck unless I fork out more money for there mistake and I just don't know where to go from here or what to do! I hope this post is not offensevie in anyway I just have learned to trust this forum and respect the views and help I have received so if any one has any input please by all means let me know. Sorry again if this post is improper!

Answer:Complete wrong Windows recovery disk and driver disk sent by lenovo!

Hi there ... This seems all wrong to me you now have a 32 Bit OS which wont support your 8GB of Ram .. How ever you should have a Product COA Key it should be some where under your Laptop .. If this is the case you could do a Clean Install of windows with the 64 Bit OS .. But if i was you i would be seeking Legal Advice ...

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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

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

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

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

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


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

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

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

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM
http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009568/1009568sp2.shtml

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

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

1TB maximum storage capacity
Serial ATA interface
Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
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Hi,

I have a toshiba Satellite C650 that has recently come up with a disk read error. I want to access the command prompt to try some potential solutions that I have read about on the internet.

I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop which also has Windows 7 64-bit installed. When I use the recovery disk and it has loaded the files etc it just brings up a black screen and the cursor.

Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening?
I tried booting my acer laptop from the recovery disk and it worked fine.

Also does anyone have any suggestions as to why I am getting the 'disk read error - hit ctrl, alt and delete to restart' message?

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Satellite C650 - Disk read error and recovery disk is not working

On this virtual way it is not easy to offer exact diagnostic but obviously there must be some problem with HDD. Can you obtain second one for testing purposes and exchange it. Just to be sure if HDD is ?troublemaker?.

But there is one another thing:
>I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop....
Sorry but I don?t understand this. Can you please explain to us what have you done exactly?

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I have the original recovery disk for my Toshiba Laptop M55-S139. I have never used this before until yeserday. Well its been 17 hrs and nothing! Is this normal? When I put the cd in, it seems to copy files,etc, then it ask that I remove the disk and press any key to start the process.

Then it goes to a black screen. I have been searching online to find a step by step process as to what I should be seeing or at least a timeframe of how long this could take. I think 17 hrs is too long...but I'm not the computer expert here! :)

Help!

Answer:How Long Does it take For Recovery Disk to install?

Hello

Something is wrong there. Usually for recovery installation it is needed an hour or maybe one and half hour.

At the beginning all files will be copied on HDD and then should recovery image installation start.
Have you maybe original Microsoft installation disc? It will be interesting to know if you can use it for OS installation.

Set BIOS to defaults settings and try to install recovery image again.

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Greetings, I'm new to posting to the HP forums, but I'm at my wits end with dad's Dv7-7000. I'm trying to help him restore the OS on a new HDD so we can sell the laptop with a clean slate. My issue is the recovery disks get to the end and then error completely. I've tried every possible solution to make the disks work, but found overall that the disk are unrelible. So I went looking for an alternate solution and found a USB drive from HP and purchased it in hopes it'll work better.  I put the drive in and it runs, it formates the drive, copies files, but then I get, "Windows cannot find 'F:\System.sav\Util\RStone.exe", but it lets me finish. Now If I leave the USB in once complete it'll just want to repeat step one, reformate drive and reload files over and over in an endless loop. If I remove the drive all I get is, "Missing MBR" which checking the file on a different machine shows nothing got copied.  Only conclusion I can come up with is even though it's booting from the USB drive when it's trying to copy files to the write protected recovery usb drive. It doesn't even give me an option with the recovery drive where it's trying to offshore these files to. My dad spent 50$ on a recovery USB drive that doesn't work as it should. I'm so disappointed in HP for having lousy software recovery tools. N Now I've used a normal windows 7 dvd to try and install teh OS on the HDD and it works up until the point I install all windows updates, then it's so ... Read more

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I had an accident with my laptop involving the floor and gravity resulting in a malfunctioning harddrive. The laptop is a Samsung with no optical drives and came with Windows 8 preinstalled and with recovery image on a separate partition. I guess that's how they do it these days, at least it's cheaper than a $2 DVD or a $5 USB flashdrive. Fortunately the rest of the laptop survived and I managed to replace it with a different harddrive I had lying around, but now I don't know how to get my windows back anymore. Samsung wasn't any help and neither the supplier.

I do however run Windows 8 on another computer (this one), and this version came on DVD and as far as I know it's an OEM version with key printed on the cover. So my question is then; can I use this DVD to install Windows on my computer by copying it to USB (not directly, but through proper procedures), or will it simply not work due to different computers, different keys or whatnot?

Do I just have to buy another copy of Windows?

Answer:Install Windows 8.1 without recovery disk

Originally Posted by LTd


I do however run Windows 8 on another computer (this one), and this version came on DVD and as far as I know it's an OEM version with key printed on the cover. So my question is then; can I use this DVD to install Windows on my computer by copying it to USB (not directly, but through proper procedures), or will it simply not work due to different computers, different keys or whatnot?



No - If the DVD is OEM recovery DVD.
Yes - If the DVD is OEM System Builder DVD.

Take a look at this post: How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key?

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First off I've searched this but haven't found the relavent information I'm looking for. Chances are I've looked or searched in the wrong places. If you guys can just point me in the direction to the info I'm looking for that would be greatly appreciated.

I've heard I need to boot from disk then format, to do a clean XP install when do I format and how.
Also, I'm going to be getting more RAM very shortly, probably tomorrow, and I think this is the majority of the slow, lagging problems I've been having with the laptop (only 256 now) and I was wondering if I should hold off on the re-install untill I put the new RAM in there or does that not matter.
 

Answer:clean XP install from OEM recovery Disk!?

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Hardware Maintenance Manual for the T440p (and possibly other Thinkpads) describes the contents of the Recovery DVDs as #1 OS, #2 apps and drivers, and #3 supplemental apps.  By burning the recovery disk set, restoring and terminating the restore after disk #1, it may be possible to obtain a fresh install of the OS sans applications preinstalled by Lenovo.  I read elsewhere in a Windows forum that someone did this accidentally and ended up Win 7 freshly installed.  He then had to install the drivers.  So, if one copied off the drivers folder from a new device and then had it available to the fresh install, one could get Windows installed and then pick and choose the apps later.  Theoretically. Anyone done this?

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Hi,

I had to remove the HDD from Toshiba Satellite M70 to use it on my Compaq laptop (Compaq HDD crashed). I had to install XP and other stuff after creating 2 partions and used it with Compaq Laptop without any problem. Now I got a new HDD for compaq and fixed the Toshiba HDD back in.

Using the recovery CD I wanted to restore the Toshiba to its original state.

I have the Product recovery DVD-rom. F12 abd selecting cd/dvd would not do the recovery.
Error loading operating system is the message I get.

I can even install with my other original XP pro cd.

Once I put the HDD back to Compaq its working fine, I can even install XP.

What is the cause. Is it has to do anything with MBR?
I am very familiar with computers so please give me a way out of this!

Thank you all,

Regards,

Answer:Satellite M70 - Can't install from recovery disk

Hi

In my opinion the case is clear. If you can install the notebook with a normal Microsoft installation disk and the HDD works properly in another computer it?s something wrong with the Toshiba recovery disk, maybe it?s scratched.

What you can do is to install the notebook using the Microsoft disk. Then download and install all drivers from the Toshiba website.

Alternative you order a new recovery disk from an authorized service provider.

It?s your choice what you do. ;)

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Hi . I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 computer i won in an auction .The people from the auction erased the hard drive . I am not trying to reinstall Windows XP Pro. I do not have the disks that came with the computer and dell is giving me a hard time a bout sending one to me cause im not the original owner. Im trying to get xp to install using the serial key on sticker on the tower. I can get windows to install but it will not activate . In there any way i can install xp and use the serial number on the tower without the dell cds?? Please let me know . Thanks for your time and help !!
 

Answer:Trying to install Xp on a Dell Without Recovery Disk

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New MOBO, only have an OEM recovery disk. Computer will not boot/install from recovery CD. Any way to get this to work?

Answer:help on new MOBO install only have a recovery disk

Is it the same mobo/CPU as in your other thread? http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...sk-240566.html

If so, you have already received an answer/explanation.

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hi allwhen i get my laptop z570 core i7 , i made recovery disks and keep it now i want to use  this disks to make recovery and restore the system , when i use it and make the recovery , the copinig stopped on 15% , no more copy for the files then i treid to use on key recovery ,, it doesnt work  also the partition alredy inside the device Lenovo partition  , but it not  uesful now i cant make system recovery by disks and by use one key i installed windows 7 and install one key program to , and use "system recovery" but there is error massge (the program cant find service partition , the function unavalble) please help me i want to restore my oreginal recovery and operating system thank you

Answer:cant install recovery disk z570

Hi amer83,
 
Welcome and Thanks for posting in the Lenovo Community,
 
I?d like to confirm to you that as you?ve installed a new operating system on the preloaded one the initial recovery won?t be working anymore,
 
Am sorry to confirm to you that in this case we can?t reload the original operating system.
 
Thanks and Best Regards,
 

Soha






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Hi, I have a probook 450 G2 and I changed hard disk for a SSD disk. Now I try install Windows 10 pro with recovery disk HP and it installs all good but the copy not is activated and it give me a error 0xC004C003 when I try active it.In the article speak over it: http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA6-2538ENW.pdf   Can somebody help me? Kind Regards 

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Hello,I recently purchased a 275 GB SDD to replace a crashed 520GB SATA HDD. Since I did not have a recovery disk created I ordered the HP Win 8.1 recovery disks. I followed the instructions and the Disk 1 formatting process completed successfully and I was prompted to insert Disk 2. At this point the process freezes after the dvd drive spins up. Nothing I o do will cause the process to continue.  Is the problem due to different drive sizes?  Thanks for any help.

Answer:install windows 8.1 on new SSD from recovery disk

Hi: See if by making your own plain W8.1 installation media you can reinstall Windows 8.1. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8 The only drawback to this is the ORM product key in the BIOS. However, there are some workarounds such as the one posted below for how to get the product key in the BIOS to work on your clean installation... http://superuser.com/questions/697253/clean-install-windows-8-1-or-windows-8-from-oem-key

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