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How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?

Question: How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?

Is it possible to create the recovery media on an external hard disk instead of using USB flash drive or optical media?

I've been getting errors while creating the the recovery media on optical drive.


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Preferred Solution: How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?

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

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

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

Answer: How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?


As far as I know it?s impossible to create an Toshiba image on the HDD?
You need to burn the image on the disk (DVD).


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I'm 90% sure that it shouldn't make a difference, that it doesn't has to be a SATA / SAS internal slave drive for you to create that drive image. But I never create a win 7 disk image on a USB Ext. hard drive before. Has any1 done it? Any difference than creating on a SATA internal drive?

Answer:Can you create your disk image on an external USB hard drive?

No difference.

I've done it with Clonezilla and imaged my laptop's hard drive to an external 2TB hard drive. I booted up into Clonezilla Live at bootup, restored the image to the laptop's hard drive, restarted and booted into the OS without issue.

Probably only difference I have to say is noticeable is the transfer speeds. Internal SATA hard drive probably would have done it faster than a USB2.0 connection to the external hard drive.

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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 limited and space is 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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Hi, im having a problem trying to create a system image and store it in my external hdd.
This isnt the first time i use the windows backup to create a system image, ive done it before using this external hdd with no problems at all.
But now, for some reason it wont detect this hard drive, it only gives me the option to store the image on a dvd, i dont know why?, i tested the hard drive on a different computer and IT WORKS, i tried to create an image and it does work.

Heres a picture so you guys can see the problem:

sorry the image is kinda big, but as you can see on the left, windows DOES detect the hard drive, BUT when i try to create the image, it simply doesnt, it only gives me the dvd option.
i hope you guys can help me here, thanks a lot

Answer:Create system image won't detect external hard disk

You have not stated the App you are using to create the sysrem image. Please tell us.

I have experienced the same thing once in a way with Acronis but the issue always gets resolved by restarting Acronis. You may try to restart your imaging App to see if the matter gets resolved. But I suspect that you may have already done that to no effect.

The next thing to do would be to change your image back-up App. This might succeed. Please try it out and let us have the results.

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Hi, I've just purchased an X220 without the hard drive. I've done a clean install Windows 7 and installed all of the drivers. I want to make a rescue and recovery media on internal hard disk drive, but the Rescue and Recovery doesn't see any of my partitions. How do I set the hardisk partition so that it could be recognized by Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery? Thank you.

Answer:Create Rescue and Recovery Media on Internal Hard Disk - X220

Do you mean service partition like System_DRV on the systems with preinstalled win7 and R&R? If "yes" look at this document - R&R Deployment Guide, , in particular Chapter 4, Scenario 6.

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I want to create a recovery disk for my edge 13 which has no internal disk writer.Alas Rescue & Recovery does not offer to create a recovery ISO which I then could burn on another computer.I have an external DVD drive but no writer. So I would be able to boot from a recovery CD if I could create one.I inserted an USB stick and Rescue and Recovery could write to it but from my experience USB sticks get lost or overwritten easily so I prefer a CD as a recovery media. Thus my question is:Is there a way to make a recovery CD from the bootable USB stick or maybe create a recovery disk ISO with R&R?Or can I simply burn the stick as a data CD? ADD ON:I just tried to test boot from the created recovery USB stick but it did not workI was able to select the USB stick at the F12 prompt but the screen stays just blank with a underline cursor in the upper left corner. After 2 minutes I gave up and booted normally again so I still don't have a recovery media.   


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Answer:howto create a recovery disk without a disk writer

Do you have an external Western Digital harddisk? If you do, then you can download WD's Acronic true image on their website.It works alot faster and better than the lenovo  Onekey recovery software (which can not recover the system if something happened with the windows partition, I noticed today)

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On making the recovery disks, whilst program was verifying the final disk, program came up with Not Responding and disk would not release. I don't want to waste lots of DVD's if this is a common fault. Anyone else had this problem?

Answer:Recovery disk creator failed to create 3rd disk

Are you sure the disc failed?

Maybe it burnt ok but it just failed to continue?

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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 recently upgraded to Win 10 from Win 7.  After using the computer for a few weeks, it refused to boot to WIndows.  I was able to start it and scanned it and found disc errors and opted to revert to Win 7.  In the process, something got fouled and now the computer won't boot.  I've tried to back up the computer via the setup (F8), but that failed multiple times.  So, i removed the hard drive and got it to run/work in an external hard drive case.  I've scanned it multiple times and it appears to be OK.   Is there a way to create recovery disks from the hard drive now that it's out of the laptop?  In other words, is there a utility on the hard drive that allows me to create the one-time revocy DVD to reset it to factory specs? The computer is just out of warranty, so that's not an option. Thanks in advance,Tim

Answer:Recovery disk creation from external hard drive

Hi Tim, Unfortunately, the recovery media creator utility would need to run within the OS on the drive that contains the recovery partition. A couple of options you could consider are. 1.  Order a replacement set of Recovery Media from HP on the link below. 2. If you don't mind staying with Windows 10 and as long as the previous installation of Windows 10 had activated Ok after the upgrade from 7, you can just create installation media on another PC and perform a clean installation as detailed in the guide on the following link.  Note: At the activation screen, select 'I don't have a Product key' - Windows will activate automatically once the installation has completed. Regards, DP-K

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Hi Everybody

Here is the scenario:

I was trying to remove the pre-installed Windows 8. I figured I should create a backup in case I ever have to go back to the piece of junk software. Anyway, I plugged-in my external hard drive to make the backup...

Here's the mess up:

It said 'formatting drive'. Within two seconds, I cancelled the operation and removed the hard drive.
Now, when I try to access it (tried on 3 other laptops), it just shows the Hard Drive as Recovery Disk with some 20MB data and total 30 GB space.
Disk management shows 890 GB unallocated space.
It's a seagate 1TB backup drive. There was nearly 500 GB of data on it.

Do I need to use some data recovery program or is there another way. I don't think an entire hard drive can be formatted in 2 seconds.

Can someone please help. I can't stress enough how important the data on the drive is to me.



Answer:Accidentally made my External Hard Drive a Recovery Disk

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I have an Acer Iconia W500 that came preinstalled with Windows 7 32bit Home Premium. I made recovery discs from the tablet before installing Windows 8 on it, which runs great. What I would like to do, if possible, is to use those Windows 7 restore discs and restore them to an external hard drive and be able to boot from it and run the original Windows 7 that came preinstalled. The reason I am wanting to do this, as there were some programs, drivers, and other things that I cannot download from Acer or retrieve from the restore discs, and can only access from the OS if it is actually running. Thanks, ahead of time, for any help.

Answer:Help Restoring Windows 7 Recovery Disk to External Hard Drive or USB

This is why many WIn8 previewers keep the old OS in a Dual Boot so it is readily accessible by booting or via Explorer. It would have also been better to back up a Win7 backup image which could be virtually mounted in Disk Mgmt. to access any files. Recovery Disks are not that flexible and will only recover the machine to exact factory condition on the internal HD.

What drivers or other needed software is missing from the Acer Support Downloads webpage for your model. These can often be found via Google. I have never seen a problem with Acer in countless Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi everybody,

I'm having some trouble with my computer: it won't boot. It keeps giving me an error: about windows root\win32\hall.dll being missing or corrupt. The recovery console doesn't give me any windows installation to choose from, but using the "dir" command I can see all my files.

I was planing on copying all the necessary files to an external hard disk so I can completely reset the internal one. My question: How do you do that (the copying)?

Please explain in some detail, bcause I'm not into this kind of thing, I usually don't go further than chkdsk c: /r or fixboot or stuff.

thanks a lot,


Answer:copying files to external hard disk from recovery console


you will firstly need to be in the directory in order to copy anything. I think at the moment you are in C: drive or your local disk as it is known it could be a nother drive. If you do dir *.* and you see program files, windows etc then you are in c drive.

Now, thid depends on what you are copying, if you are copying my documents then do this
cd\documents and settings
cd/my documents
copy *.* E:\

Ok the copy will copy everything in my documents folder, including sub folders etc, it will save to the drive E:. Now if you are putting external hard drive you need to know which drive it is , D: F: g you can guess if you don't know by trying them one by one

ps, if cd\ doesn't work try cd/

but this hal.dll can be fixed in another way, you don't have to format pc try the following procedure i have written

1) i assume you have already inserted the xp disk other wise you cannot access recovery console unless you are using a live cd
2) in the command type expand D:\i386\hal.ddl_ C:\windows\system32\hal.dll
The expand will open that particular directory, you can change the d letter to your cd drive, though it is generally d. don't forget the _ and the C:\ is you local disk. If it says press y to overwrite do so.
unless it is different, or you have two partitions etc.

lastly don't forget you can try a repair install, if you have xp pro you can do this and this will rewrite the windows directory and you will not lose anything.

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Hello, I have a Thinkpad X220 laptop.  I wish to format the entire hard drive and install Ubuntu.  As a precautionary step, I wish save the recovery media on to another source should I later decide to return my laptop to factory configuration.  I do not have a CD/DVD drive and do not wish to make CD/DVD bootable discs.   I have an external hard drive where I save important material and have about 50 gigs of free space remaining. I'm trying to do two things: 1 - Create a bootable USB (factory recovery disk) that will allow me to return my computer back to factory configurations 2 - Save an image of this USB onto my external hard drive so that I can use my USB for daily storage purposes and not have it be a dedicated recovery disk. Has anyone done something similar to this successfully? Thank you for your help.

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

Answer:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition -
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] -
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.

Answer:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.


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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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If I am saving a backup to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 USB external hard disk

1. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 3.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

2. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 2.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?


Answer:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

There's no definitive answer, it would all depend on which internal drives you had (SSD/HDD, SATA 6GB, SATA 3GB) and which external drives you had and their relative transfer speeds. It's all just guesswork without that info.

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I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and plugging back in). Windows automatically installed the drivers and I could access the drive.

But now Windows shows my Maxtor as a fixed disk drive, instead of "devices with removable storage". I still have the option to "Safely remove hardware and eject media" from taskbar, however I rather have Windows treating it as a Removable USB Storage so that the disk can sleep when not in use. I am pretty sure it has something to do with regedit, so any help would be appreciated.

Answer:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.

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After internal Hard Disk crash in ThinkPad W520 I tried to recover back-up content from external HD.  Most programs recovered properly, However the Netobjects Fusion 12 Program and Data Files did not recover. Tried to do it manually and message "zugriff verweigert" (Access denied) appeared.  How can I override message? Or How can I back load the mentioned program from the external Back-up HD?

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,


Answer:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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

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

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

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

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

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

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

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

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

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

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

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

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

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Hey Guys,

Looking for your advice and any links if any...cheers in advance

My Situation

In December 2009 I purchased a Toshiba Qosmio X500 - Model No. PQX33A-00X00J

At the time I upgraded my purchase from Toshiba Reseller BD4U, going from the standard 1x 500GB Sata drive + 1x 64GB SSD... to instead having 2x 500GB sata drives. I purchased with 3 year onsite next business day warranty, that is is now expired.

It came loaded with MS Win 7 Premium Home Edition - but no disks provided.
My Needs
I need/want to factory reset my PC - its starting to run slowI need to re-partition from my existing 4x partitions to just having 2
The Issues
Possibly as a result of upgrading the disk drives at time of purchase, I don't believe I have a hidden Recovery partition in order to do a System Recovery from the Hard Disk Drive - see image of my current partitions attached I don't have Win 7 OS installation disks or Toshiba Driver disks as they should have been installed by Toshiba
My Questions
Do You agree that I DONT have a Recovery Partition - when looking at the partition image? I'm confused on this point coz people say its hidden!?Given I have no Toshiba Drivers Disk or Windows 7 OS disks - what should I do? I'm thinking of downloading Win 7 (use my product key from sticker under PC) and making a disk/USB (but need to learn how)Is this where I get ALL necessary Toshiba drivers for my PC from?Does Toshiba provide a link on its site and instructions on where to get Win 7 ... Read more

Answer:Qosmio X500/00X System Recovery (Factory Reset) From Hard Disk Drive or Separate Disk

Sorry the model is Qosmio X500/00X

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I have started using my nice new Satellite T110-12. How can I create a recovery disk?

Why there is a frequent message about vibration has been detected, hard drive head disk has been moved to a safe position? Is there something wrong? Should I return it before the week is up?

Please answer, many many thanks!

Answer:Satellite T110-121 - Question about recovery disk and hard disk

Hi LindaMon,

> How can I create a recovery disk?
What about reading your user manual?
You need an 8GB USB stick for creating a recovery medium and preinstalled Toshiba recovery disk creator.

> hard drive head disk has been moved to a safe position?
Yes, that?s normal and everything is ok with your notebook. Your HDD will be protected by HDD/SSD Alert utility that is a nice feature from Toshiba to avoid head crashes and can enhance the life of internal HDD.
But yoou can disable these notifications if you want. ;)

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Hello Members!I have a Windows 8 OS backup on a Pen-drive & mine is a branded PC from HP~ AIO make.Is it possible to format the entire Hard-drive to reclaim the Space used by Recovery Image desk (D:)? Can someone please help guide me on how to format an entire Hard-drive (both C: & D:) in context to an HP Desktop environment?Help will be sincerely appreciated.Thank you.

Answer:Is it possible to recover the Hard-disk space utilised by Recovery Disk(D:)?

Yes. But not-recommended.The recovery partition  is the only way you have to repair your system in the event of a failure. The computer makers now want you to use that recover if ever a major failure makes your computer unusable. If you need more storage for your photos and videos, consider these methods:A. Use DVD discs to store photos and videos.B. Use a cloud service to save your most important information. C. Purchase in economic external hard drive for extra storage.It would be a b ad idea to format our hard drive unless there was something urgent.

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Hello Members!I have a Windows 8 OS backup on a Pen-drive & mine is a branded PC from HP~ AIO make.Is it possible to format the entire Hard-drive to reclaim the Space used by Recovery Image desk (D:)? Can someone please help guide me on how to format an entire Hard-drive (both C: & D:) in context to an HP Desktop environment?Help will be sincerely appreciated.Thank you.

Answer:Is it possible to recover the Hard-disk space utilised by Recovery Disk(D:)?

Yes. But not-recommended.The recovery partition  is the only way you have to repair your system in the event of a failure. The computer makers now want you to use that recover if ever a major failure makes your computer unusable. If you need more storage for your photos and videos, consider these methods:A. Use DVD discs to store photos and videos.B. Use a cloud service to save your most important information. C. Purchase in economic external hard drive for extra storage.It would be a b ad idea to format our hard drive unless there was something urgent.

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My computer keeps refusing to start up. I have to re-install windows each time. Hard disk keeps making a "funny" noise. I have an 80gb hard drive and have used 40gb so far. I want to back up everything incase my hard drive fails. Could I backup to an external disk drive? would I need to install windows on the external drive. or is there a better way to save all my files, downloads, and software? When I bought the PC it came with software already installed and a recovery disk. But obviously I dont want restore to factory settings as I will loose everything. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer:backup from hard disk to external disk drive

You could use commercially available back up software like Ghost click here or Acronis click here

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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.

Answer:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me

Answer:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


Answer:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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I just purchased my new laptop Satellite.

I have owned one of these pups before and so I know that the Toshiba recovery disk is a ghost image.

What I have done is wiped the hard disk clean as this was a show room piece from circuit city and couldn?t trust what was on there.

I am going to be putting Ubuntu on the laptop. I want to put Vista on a virtual machine.

As you can imagine, the virtual machine would have significantly less space than the actual size of the hard disk (200 gb) but of course large enough to accommodate the install of vista and all of the Toshiba goodies.

With that all said, will the image cough, hang and not allow me to install at the point of installing the ghost image because of the different size in space? So say the laptops hard disk space is 200 gb but I only allocate 50gb to the virtual hard disk.

Now I do have a legit business class version of vista from my schools Microsoft program, but I would like to use the home premium that came with the laptop and use what Toshiba had provided me.

So, will it work, or will it not?

Thank you for your input.

Answer:Is the recovery disk sensitive to hard disk size?

Wait a moment.
Do you want to install recovery image on Virtual machine? If I am remembering well somebody here has already tried to do something like this but without success. I am pretty sure this will not work.

As far as I know new Toshiba notebooks are delivered without recovery media and everyone must create own recovery DVD. Have you already created your copy of recovery CD/DVD?

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I have lost my recovery disks and now the hard disk of my laptop also has some problem and unable load win XP.The laptop bought in 2008 how can I get my recovery disc and pre intalled disc partition for Win XP. Sivakumar.

Answer:Hard disk damage and recovery disk lost

Sorry that i have to said but XP is by far no longer supported.  This meens that you can't find anything for XP and special Recovery or ready disk for XP! only 3rd party websites that are not recommened to use. Or Buy Windows Licence / or even more better to buy new laptop us any way your laptop is too old

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   I have a HP Pavilion a6660t. I bought a new hard disk and the Vista Recovery Disks did not work.  I don't know what error messages because the TI guy did everythink. I contacted microsoft support and they checked my Vista product key number and it still valid. I need some help please. Can I download a new Vista SO? 

Answer:recovery disk did not work on new hard disk

>   I don't know what error messages  Darn.  Having that information would allow us to help you. 

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my hard disk was broken. No recovery disk. how i can have os back?

Answer:my hard disk was broken. No recovery disk. how i c...

Acer recovery mediaUS: you are outside the US and Canada, you must call/email your regional Acer support service:  

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There are discussions on creating recovery disks with OneKey Recovery 7.0. But my G500 is  with win8.1 and Onekey 8.0. I didn't see it support creating CDs. And when I tried to create such a recovery image, OneKey 8.0 said it needs 90G space. It looks like OneKey will backup all files from my C disk. I just want to create factory recovery disks, in case the HDD failed. Can anyone tell me how to create such disks? (It doesn't make sense to spend 60$ to order such disks from Lenovo)

Answer:how to create factory default recovery disk with OneKey Recovery 8.0? (G500, win8.1)

hi lenovo-user-kw,
Thanks for Posting!
Yes that option is not available on Windows 8 and 8.1.
This is tha way i think possible to extract a recovery media
Solid Cruver

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I have ORK 6.0 preinstalled and I created a backup as soon as I bought the machine. The backup worked fine but I can not create recovery disks since the combo box where you are supposed to chose the drive where the backup will be copied is empty. Any ideas? Thanks in advance   

Answer:S10 - One Key Recovery - Select Drive combo box is empty when I try to create a recovery disk

To create recovery disks, you need an optical drive capable of writing to either CD or DVD media [depending on which method you are using]. I don't  think the S10 has an optical drive so you are left with two options. 1) Connect an USB CD or DVD writer and create the recovery disks. 2) Use VirtualCD to create a virtual CD/DVD writer to which you can write your recovery disks and then transfer to another computer I would actually recommend that after you have created recovery disks, that you look into creating a recovery USB instead of having to carry an USB optical drive with you all the time. Since the recovery disk is based off of Windows PE 2.0, you can do step 3 in this article to make your USB flash drive bootable. Then copy all the files on the recovery disk to the USB. If you use max compression when creating the backup, you can get away with using a 4GB flash drive.

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When I push the Q: recovery drive> Create recovery media, I get a message saying "Windows cannot find 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo\factory recovery\recovburncd.exe'. Make sure you types the name correctly, and then try again."How do I go about fixing this and creating a recovery disk?

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Hello, I never created recovery disks when I purchased my T60 over three years ago.  I regret that. Now I am wondering if it is possible to do so.  When I launch Create Recover Media (rrmedia.exe), it crashes immediately:AppName: rrmedia.exeAppVer: unknownModVer: 0018089aEventID: 1000 I cannot request recovery disks from Lenovo, because my system is out of warranty now. So I think it is either it is impossible to use rrmedia.exe at this point (since in the meantime, I've upgraded to XP SP3, etc) or I need to upgrade or reinstall Rescue and Recovery.  However, trying the latter opens up a can of worms: 1) Rescue and Recovery shows version 3.01.0037.  Running system update to patch to 3.01.0042 fails: "A later version of 'Rescue and Recovery - Client Security Solution' is already installed on this machine.  The setup cannot continue." 2) When I try to uninstall RR from Add/Remove programs, it fails: "Another version of this product is already installed.  Installation of this version cannot continue.  To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel" 3) When I try to upgrade to the latest 4.xx, it says I must first uninstall the current version, which from the above, I cannot do. So the machine is confused as to which version it has, and it won't let me upgrade, uninstall, or reinstall. In summary:&... Read more

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Hello!I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad with a windows 7 32 bit version. There was no system disk added. I learned that the windows 7 version is hidden in a recovery partition. I now want to create a system disk to save the windows 7 32 bit version just in case and install a windows 7 ultimate 64 bit version on the computer. Can you tell me what I have to do? Thank you!

Answer:How to create a recovery system disk from the hidden recovery partition?

Hi and welcome,
One way is to save a recover set ... with OKR ... or better do this Backup before  ...but no way to get a  pure Windows 7 Install Disc if you mention this  ...  
And Windows 7 64 Bit will not run on Atom based machine.. i.e. S10/S10e/S10-2 ,S12 Intel/Nvidia ...
(and even when, it lacks of memory 2GB (due the intel chipset restrictions) is good for 32 Bit based systems, but not really enough for 64 Bit based systems, so there is no benefit for use a 64bit on a netbook)  
S10-3t W7 64 ?
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I want to konw the way to create the system recovery disk using one key recovery? 

Answer:One Key Recovery 8: How to create a Recovery disk(Ideapad Y580 (Windows 8))

hi patriot925th,

Welcome to the Lenovo Community.

To create a recovery disc using the One Key Recovery 8.0, you need to:

1. Type "Recovery" on the start screen and click One Key Recovery
2. On the One Key Recovery application, select System Backup
3. Follow the screen instructions (you might need a flashdrive or external drive to save the backup)

Image here:

You may also like to check:
1. How to create a Windows 8 Recovery Image -
2. How to refresh your PC
Hope this helps.

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I am trying to download the recovery image for my Windows 7 Dell XPS 8100 since the dik drive died, and the media I had does not work.
However I get the following error on the site when I put in my service tag:
"Recovery image not available for your Service Tag.
Sorry, but a Dell Hosted Recovery Image is currently not available for the Service Tag that you entered. Please enter another Service Tag or contact Dell Technical Support for further assistance."

Where can I get a recovery image download for Windows 7 on an XPS8100?


Answer:How to Create Recovery Disk

Windows 7 recovery images were never available by download.  It's unlikely you can get one from Dell at this point, but you'll have to contact customer support to see if they'll still provide one.

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I just bought a new Toshiba Satellite laptop M300/700, and Tried to create Recovery Disks (4 DVD)
I have managed to create DVD 1,3 & 4 with No Problem, But Could not created DVD 2 .
I have tried to so many times and all failed after approximately 10 mins run, I always got same error messages as below :

"The following issue occured while recording data to the disc,
the current pprocess will be stopped.
A power calibration area error occured.
Please check if the disc is scratched or dirty.
If so please try again with new disc.

(Error Code: 0E01B5-26-00037304) "

I have searched the Google to solve this issue then it worked after I used -R format
some reason it was not working with +R DVD (all TDK Gold brand ).

I have used many laptops never had this type of problem.

What does this mean, Is Recovery Program Faulty, or is DVD burner faulty?

Thanks for your help

Answer:Could not Create Recovery DISK 2


It is not easy to say what is wrong there. I presume this can happen because of Toshiba recovery disc creator. I don't know where you bought this notebook but there is some difference between recovery systems in Europe, Australia or US but I also presume Toshiba recovery disc creator is same for all Toshiba notebooks worldwide.

So if you have created recovery medias using DVD-R medias it is OK and take care about them. You can use them for further Vista installation. To be honest I use DVD-R media only. Somehow I don't like + format.

What you can do is to use some third part software like Nero and test if this will work with DVD+R/RW medias.

>I have used many laptops never had this type of problem.
Sorry but we are discussing about Toshiba recovery disc creator and this software is probably not available on all these laptops you?ve had in the past. If you have noticed this issue with Toshiba tool it doesn?t mean some other burning application cannot handle with DVD+r/RW medias.

Please test it and let us know how it works.


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making a recovery disk set using the hp utility. made 3 disk fine but upon inserting the 4th and final disk, the utility does not recognize the insertion of the disk. a windows popup ask what do you want to do with this disk. when I cancel this pop up the disk pops out of the drive. cannot figure out how to finish making the disk set.

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Hey Gang,

I have an XP Dos boot disk and an XP Installation disk, but how do I create an XP Recovery Disk?

I'm thinking about when my installation is totally screwed up and I can't enter XP. The only way I can repair it is to do a System Restore. But if I can't get into XP how do I do a restore? I need a disk, right?

How do I create it>?


Answer:How Do I Create an XP Recovery Disk?

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Hi bought a new laptop a couple of weeks ago. Get message after start up to prompt me to make recovery disk. It says to do this press F8 on boot up. So, when I turn my laptop on should I just press F8 before the windows screen appears? Will it then ask me to insert blank the disks? Just a little worried I may do something to harm my computer on boot up! I have bought the Amilo Fujitsu 2515 if that helps with answers. thanks

Answer:How to create a recovery disk?

When you switch on start tapping F8 before windows loads. You should then be confronted with a menu, which will presumably have the option to create a recovery DVD. You cannot do any harm.

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Answer:How do you create a recovery disk?

Hi,You can create on using the acer recovery manager, just follow the instructions available here:

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I went to "All Programs\Recovery Manager" and clicked "Recovery Disc Creation." The computer ask me "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" I clicked "Yes" but nothing happened. Can someone help?

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How to create second set recovery disk

Answer:Hp - How to create second set recovery disk

Hi,Unfortunately you can create it only once:'s better you make a Recovery USB than DVD as later is prone to scratches.You can definitely use third party imaging sideways like Macrium Reflect Free to image whole drive to external storage.

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I have my old Dell computer that is running Windows 8.1 that my mom tried to throw away and I can't get into it - It's a few years old and I can't login to it.

I would like to use a password reset disk, but I don't know how to make one on my Windows 10 Laptop.

I wouldn't be against resetting the entire computer back to factory, I just need to get into it, I could care less about the files on it.

Thanks guys.

Answer:Need to create recovery disk for W8.1 - But I have W10

Get the Media Creation Tool here:

How to Create or Download a Windows 8 and 8.1 ISO


Create installation media for Windows 8.1

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Dear , After i purchase i made one set of windows 10 recovery disk. Unfortunately those disk were lost and i want to create new one. Is there any way to create second set. Regards,

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I have just bought a new Inspiron 15 5000 Dell with Windows 10 and cannot create a recovery drive. Do you know how I can fix this?

Answer:Cannot Create Recovery Disk - USB

can not create recovery disk error on Inspiron 15 5000 with Windows 10 - Windows 10 - Software Operating Systems - Dell Community

I would suggest getting a 32gb flash drive and formatting with NTFS before attempting the recovery creation process. Then make sure the computer actually boots from it if it works.

Then call Dell.

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I am currently using a computer with XP already installed. The original computer administrator has lost (or stolen original XP disks) can I create recovery disk and if so how? Also how can I install Microsoft backup without the original disk. Can I download? (When I looked for Backup facility under system tools it's not there). I am a relatively new computer user. please can someone advise....

Answer:Can I create XP recovery Disk

Create a ghost image of the OS as it is now; that seems to be your best option. click here for details of Ghost. Drive Image is a similar program.I doubt that you can install MS Backup without the CD.In the long run, you will be best buying a CD.

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I'm trying to create a usb recovery disk for my yoga 2 pro. I've found the lenovo support instruction page, but when I search for "recovery drive", nothing comes up. Does anyone know why this might be?  


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Answer:Trying to create USB Recovery disk

Nevermind. I found it. It just doesn't show up in search for some reason.

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I have a HP Pro Book 6550b laptop and I want to create a recovery disk for this machine before I loan it out and it crashes.  there are several terms that are being through around as I've research the "How to created a recovery disk" project, so for starters can someone explain the difference between restore, recovery, repair, backup, reinstall....  Now that I understand the difference between the terms\actions, please help create a disk that will basically reset, reload,  and refresh  every thing in my comper  Though the years changes have been made, updates loaded, software installed\removed and I think it's time to reset the system.  I'm hoping that a total system restore will help with and I hoping one of you can help me!

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Last night I had a scare: after running Periform's CC Registry Cleaner, and restarting the computer, I ran into problems.

I kept getting a message to use Start Up Repair, and it took forever, going through various start up repair menus before I finally got the desk top back up.

I realize I seriously need to create a Recovery disk for just in case. . . .

Can someone please tell me, step by step, how I go about this???

Almost all my personal stuff is on three external hard drives, so mostly program files are on the C drive. There is a D drive (partitioned off from the C drive?), which I thought was a back up, but now I am not so sure. . . .

Also, can I put the Recovery files on a USB drive, instead of a disk??? If fact, I should probably create two Recovery sets of files on two separate USB drives????

Thanks for any help you can offer.


Answer:How to create a Recovery disk????

I thought I should see what exactly is on Drive D. I went to My Computer, and selected the D drive, and the information appeared that is pictured the screenshot below.

But how does this help me if I can not get the computer to restart correctly????? If I can't get Drive C to reload, then I presume that I can not go to My Computer, and select Drive D for the Recovery info. ????

Exactly how does this work if my computer crashes????

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What's the best program to create a Recovery disk (CD/DVD) for?

I'm trying to use Norton Ghost 12, but before creating the disk, it's asking me for "Symantec Recovery Disk Location". No matter what location I use, it gives me this message: "Invalid Symantec Recovery disk location specified. Please specify a valid path to a Symantec Recovery disk."

I don't have any such disk, and I never created one before with this program, or any program.

I must make a Recovery Disk (CD/DVD)!! What do I do?

Answer:How to create a Recovery Disk?

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Hello,For ultrabookU410 how to create recovery disk as it does not consist of disk drive?? (Windows7 homebasic)Can anyone explain the procedure step wise.??If possible can u give explanation for recovery disk on usb fdrive??Thanks..


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Answer:How to create recovery Disk??

HiYou could not be able to save the inial backup but making a backup of current system option is possible. Just save it in the pen drive. And you will need about 15 to 30 gb for this.Also have a look below to do so

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My previous pc video card fried taking out he integrated one, so I bought another computer. This new computer has Windows XP SP3 on it and I was wondering if I made a recovery disk for it and installed a bigger hard drive, could i use the recovery disk reinstall winXP? I dont have any XP disks, no OEM or anything. The new computer P4 2.8 Mhz HD is way too small for my needs. I have room for a slave drive, but i'd like to just take the one it has (25gig) and upgrade to the HD i have been using (75gig). I know I'll more than likely have to format, but i can handle that, Just wanted to know if the recovery disk is what i need? or do i need to make a data backup and transfer it to the new hard disk?

Answer:Using a recovery disk on new hard disk

Are either the old computer or the new a branded one? (HP> Dell, etc??)

If you have the BRAND of Recovery disk for the OLD computer.....that would be tied to that system's hardware arrangement, though you could upgrade the hard drive, it has a different motherboard, network adapter perhaps....and video adapter,etc.

The branded Recovery disk would not work. (If that's the type you were asking about)

If the old and the new computers are NOT branded, but generic, then what is this Recovery disk?

usually you would install from a generic, plain, Microsoft XP CD for that type of system.

For OEMs, the FIRST system that license key is used on is the only one you can install to. You CAN upgrade the hard drive, but you would have to reinstall from that OEM CD. You can also borrow the OEM type of CD from someone.... NOT a branded disc, just a plain Microsoft XP of the same Home or Pro the computer has on it.

Tell us a bit more about each computer please.

If I have misunderstood something please explain with clear details

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When I first got my x201,I had Win 7 Home and I created the recovery disks. I then upgraded to Windows 7 Professional and I tried to create new recovery but system message said that recovery can only be created one time.Can I create the new recovery to reflect the Win7Pro? Thank you for the help.


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Answer:Create recovery disk - upgraded OS

pit wrote:
Can I create the new recovery to reflect the Win7Pro?
Thank you for the help.
Hi pit,

I don't think that's possible. You can only create recovery discs once and that too of the same version of original preloaded OS.

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I recently bought an NB200-10Z.
I want to make a recovery disk but I have no external CD/DVD recorder (& this machine has no in-built optical drive).
The Toshiba-HDD Recovery utility seems to require a optical drive to be physically present, whereas I'd like to use to the utility to save an image of a recovery disk so I can make my recovery media at my leisure on another machine.
QUESTION: is this possible?

In fact, the logical direction for the recovery media utility must surely be to allow users to make not just an .iso of CD/DVD , but ideally also an .img for booting from USB/SD flash media. Might this happen in a software update of the utility...?


Answer:NB200: create .iso of recovery disk?

The Recovery Disc image is locked to a specific model of Toshiba, so I think it will be ok creating an ISO as long as its for personal use only.

I have used a utility that can create a bootable USB flash drive from an ISO or CD but that was a while ago, I can't remember what its called.

Search google for "Create bootable USB from CD" or something like that.

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I would like to know if a recovery disk can be created for windows 8.1

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Hello Recently purchased a Lenovo ideapad P500 and love it.  This is my first experience with Windows 8 and I need to know how to create a recovery disk or a Windows 8 reinstall disk so I may re-install the OEM windows 8 should I have an issue in the future. Is this possible? Thanks  Nelson

Answer:How does one create a windows 8 recovery disk?

See this thread

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Hi everyone i just got a new HP laptop. I already figured out how to create a recovery disk. Now how can i safely remove all the bloatware? do i just go to control panel and remove programs one by one or is there an easier way?


Answer:How do i create recovery disk for new HP Laptop?

Hi Kaboose786, Welcome to seven forums.

I have always used the built in windows 7 backup rather than HP's recovery (that's my preference) - Backup User and System Files

Here is a good guide that gregrocker put together regarding bloatware - Clean Up Factory Bloatware

Hope this helps,


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With every computer I've bought, I had been able to make or received recovery disks. I've read the foums here and found that I can make a windows image (which I've done) and how to use the OneKey to make a backup. My concern is after I'm out of warranty and the hard drive fails, can I restore it to the factory setting? The windows image, is just an image of windows. It will not have the different partitions that are there from the factory.  I think OneKey is on one of the partitions so if I have to replace the hard drive it will not be there. I just want to make sure I've done it right.


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Answer:How do you create recovery disk with Yoga 13???

HiWelcome to the forumsFor making a recovery drive, see this link from lenovo will help you recover to factory backup on a blank drive also as it says so.The onekey partition is on the stock hdd only and will not be on other disksRegards

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I created ISO disks for both my 32 bit and 64 bit systems at the MS download site. If I use the ISO disk instead of the Windows Update method, does the install still create the W7 image in case I want to go back to W7 after installing W10?

Also, do I boot from the disk or do I go into the ISO disk and click on Setup?


Answer:Does the ISO W10 Disk create the W7 recovery image?

caveman88 said:

I created ISO disks for both my 32 bit and 64 bit systems at the MS download site. If I use the ISO disk instead of the Windows Update method, does the install still create the W7 image in case I want to go back to W7 after installing W10?

Also, do I boot from the disk or do I go into the ISO disk and click on Setup?


It did for me from 7 Pro to 10 Pro. I clicked on setup on the ISO


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Hi all

I've done the free update today from windows 8.1 to windows 10

I'm guessing if I reset my laptop to factory settings I would be back on windows 8 and after the free download period is up I wouldn't be able to update to windows 10 again. I remember reading somewhere there would be an option to create a recovery disk but I cant seem to find this option anywhere. does any know?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Installed and want to create a recovery disk

Download and run the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. You can use it to download Windows 10 version you need to an ISO file. You can then burn that to a DVD.

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I have Leovo G530 35U 3000 series laptop. When I tried to create recovery disk by clicking "Create Product Recovery media" , a new window for creation appear. But the check box for "product recovey disk you are going to creae are for this conmuer use only" and ok button get diactivated.Is there ny other option to create prouct recovery disk?Can anyone help me? 

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Hi, guys i'm searching a program to create an recovery disk of my netbook, anybody can help me?? thanks

Answer:Program to create a recovery disk of my OS

Something like this?
Create a Recovery Disc

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I am operating windows 7 but I have lost my first recovery disk. So I have to make second set of the recovery disk but it says you are only allowed for 1 time. I am in problem, request every one to please help me out. Thanks

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I have a new HP machine with Vista on it but when I try to create a recovery disk no matter which DVD or CD I put into the drive it tells me it is not a blank disk. I tried writing to one of the new DVDs I bought and that works fine with drag and drop BUT the recovery disk utility says none of the new DVDs are blank. I even tried formatting them and still says not blank. I've tried both R and RW cds/dvds.

Answer:Can't create Vista recovery disk

It happened to me, too.Since you have only one shot at creating them, I called HP, explained the situation, and they sent me a free set.

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Hi folks

A friend of mine has a Acer mini PC which doesn't have a DVD drive only USB ports. It occurred to me that if things went wrong it would be difficult to troubleshoot. I would like to create a recovery dick on a USB Stick. Windows will only create to a DVD drive. It would be for Windows 7 Home Premium.

Apologies if this has be posted before...


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I deinstalled the Programm "Recovery Disc Creator" accidentally. But the Folder with the Win Vista Recovery Disc Informations are still in my Computer. Now i want you to help me in creating a Recovery Disc. My System is very unstable. So i want to re install it. I hope you can help me.

Answer:Satellite L - How to create a recovery disk?

Sorry but why did you uninstall the recovery disk creator?

However, now you can’t create the recovery disk because you have uninstalled the program for creating the disk.

The only way I know is you use the HDD recovery option to reinstall your notebook. You can use this if you go to the advanced boot menu (F8 before Windows is booting), choose repair my computer and then select the Toshiba HDD recovery function.

Normally you get this message if you start your notebook at the first time:

+your system is equipped with hard disk recovery system. if you need to repair+
+your computer by restoring it to original factory state, you can do it directly+
+from harddisk (press F8 when you boot your computer, choose "Repair your computer"+
+and follow the menue instructions) or create a bootable Recovery Disc Medium for this purpose.+

+Toshiba recommends you to create Recovery Disc Medium using the "Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator" to ensure+
+hat you are able to restore your computer to the original factory installed state, even if your computer+
+gets seriously damaged+

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Hello, I wanted to double check on the making of a recovery disk for a friends windows 7 64-bit laptop.I know you can go into Control Panel/System and Security/Backup and Restore.There are two options to choose from:1) Create a system image2) Create a system repair diskMy question is to verify that you should make both disks.Create a system repair disk gives you the recovery console items and Create a system image gives you an act of a Windows Installation CD, should you need to do a format and complete fresh install of Windows?~cheers-daic

Answer:How To A Create Windows 7 Recovery Disk?

first let me say neither is a system recovery disk ,system recovery disk is used to reload computer to what it was like when it came from the factory .

system image is image of windows and all software and data you installed after getting the computer ,and will require more that one disk ,when you click to created it it will tell you how big and how many disk it will take to make the image [my own if i were to make image would be 54 gigs ,so about 14 single sided dvds ]the repair disk to used to try and repair excising windows os.
not all computer come with the options to make a system recovery disk ,and most that do one give the option to make it once .knowing the make and model will help ,good luck

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When I bought my laptop, I was too excited to get it powered up and didn't really read the handbook. Is it too late to create a recovery disk now, even though all these applications are installed and will creating it now make it so all settings are from the factory? What I'm trying to say is, if I create it now will it be like the system restore where everything is saved from the point or creation or will it be like if I just unpackage the laptop, and boot it up for the first time. Another thing, its about system restore, is there a folder where all the saved points are located? If I wanted to manually deleted some points instead of having to turn it off and loose all the points, is it possible? To use a recovery disk, does the cpu have to be reformatted, or do I just insert the cd into the drive and start up the computer? What about wireless, after the recovery has been done, will that have to be installed again and will all disk space be recovered?

Answer:Is it too late to create a recovery disk?

Howdy maxima2k2 ,

No it is not too late to make a recovery disc..
As far as System restore, just go into it and move the slider to the left and it will auto delete some of the points..

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Hello, I have an lenovo G500S. I want to create system recovery disks, but with onekey recovery 8.0 there is nag 'create recovery disk' thing. Does anyone know how to do it?  Thanks.   Deniman

Answer:G500S how to create recovery disk

hi Deniman,
For systems preloaded with Windows 8 (or Windows 8.1), the process of creating a recovery media is via a usb flashdrive (at least 16GB in capacity).
[Guide] Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
Ensure you put a check on "Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive" as you will need this if you want to Refresh or Reset.Windows 8.

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I have a new HP machine with Vista on it but when I try to create a recovery disk no matter which DVD or CD I put into the drive it tells me it is not a blank disk. I tried writing to one of the new DVDs I bought and that works fine with drag and drop BUT the recovery disk utility says none of the new DVDs are blank. I even tried formatting them and still says not blank. I've tried both R and RW cds/dvds.

Answer:Can't create Vista recovery disk


Originally Posted by mikenowo

I have a new HP machine with Vista on it but when I try to create a recovery disk no matter which DVD or CD I put into the drive it tells me it is not a blank disk. I tried writing to one of the new DVDs I bought and that works fine with drag and drop BUT the recovery disk utility says none of the new DVDs are blank. I even tried formatting them and still says not blank. I've tried both R and RW cds/dvds.

****If MS doesn't offer it for download, then it probably isn't legit or safe****

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Most of us build our own machines and therefore do not get the benefit of an all in one disc recovery solution. If we have a disaster, we usually simply reinstall everything that we bought if we need to. But it would be nice to have a boutique style recovery disc for my main system. Anyone have a solid idea how to do this?


Answer:How to Create Custom Recovery Disk?


Unattended Windows

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I post some screenshot so you will know what is going on!
u know that Disk Named Fritz Its the recovery disk ( Im very stupid I put some stupid file on it! plsss help me! i need to reformat my computer badly!


Answer:Can't Create a recovery disk in my windows 7 need some help pls!

Only you know what you did to the recovery try reversing it. If it doesnt help order recovery disks from HP, just cost about $20.

Another option is to clean install windows (borrow a disk or download one)- the same edition your computer came preinstalled with, then activate with the sticker key.

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When I purchased my HP Envy x360, i7-7500U, WIN10 two days ago, I was told by the sales rep that I do not need to create a recovery disk as this particular notebook pc has a  Drive D (Recovery) nor would it be necessary to create a mirror image of the OS.  I am a bit hesitant and confused as I have always done this with all my desktops and laptops in the past.   I will, however, do weekly backups to an external portable Seagate backup drive.  Will that method ensure that I will be able to "resurrect", recover my Envy x360 from the external backup  should I not be able to start it/boot it.   Just lost a 4-year old Toshiba Win10 OS two days ago - not bootable and totally dead.  Unable to resurrect/charge even with a new universal AC adapter/charger.  Sad news.  This HP Envy is it's replacement.  I would appreciate any help with and input to my concern.      

Answer:Necessity to Create a Recovery Disk?

I do not understand sales reps telling people they do not need to create Recovery Media! Other than pure ignorance to the fact of possibilty of file corruption in the recovery partition -or failure of the hard drive which haas the recovery partition on it. If the hard drive fails, the recovery function dies with it. By all means create your Recovery Media and if you are back in that store inform them or the sales rep of this erroneous advice to customers. Many people will simply take it as solid info.

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I got myself a laptop recently and noticed that there is no recovery disk included so I need one in case something happens. I have a few questions and concerns I hope you guys and gals can help me out with.

1. What is the difference between an Image and a Recovery Disk?
2. I'm thinking of buying a recovery disk here: Click HERE I thought Recovery disks have to be made according with the computer so what happens if my computer suddenly doesn't work? Will the disk (shown in the link) help me? I know my documents will be lost, but will I be able to start up and load Windows 7 again?
3. I'm thinking of creating an Image as well. I have this software that will create an image. Can I place it on a USB drive? I believe I can, but it has to be a FAT32 or something like that.
4. What is the best way (easiest and simplest) to create a backup/ recovery file? I prefer having the file on USB instead of a disk.

Thanks for your patience.

Answer:How to create Image or Recovery Disk?

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

Back up your programs, system settings, and files

I like Acronis True Image for creating a restore image but Windows 7 has a built in utility.

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 when trying to create a recovery disk i get a message saying that a recovery disk cant be made as there are some files missing how & where can i get the missing files.                                                                                                                

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Guys,I would like to create recovery Disk for my Lenovo T420 , I am using Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Original version,can someone please help me out with the step by step procedure of create of recovery disk and what are the points that i need to consider before taking starting backup?Please share your knowledge...Regards,Pankaj Naik,

Answer:T420 - Create Recovery Disk

I never knew Lenovo shipped Win 7 Enterprise edition on a ThinkPad before? Do you have a Partition Q?

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Any idea?  One Key Recovery (Windows 8) doesnt give an option to create a recovery disk.


Go to Solution.

Answer:How to create a recovery disk on an S510 Win 8

Hi jjferante, welcome to the forums,
Windows 8 doesn't support the creation of recovery discs, but does support creating recovery media such as, and probably the best option, USB sticks.  Please see the following knowledgebase article which also applies to Idea systems.

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Hello! Thank you for looking at this. I'm going to be as succint as possible, but there are a lot of things to be mentioned:
Main Problem:
Error message on windows startup(The message was not in english, can't paste it). The error message says that it was not possible to load the OS because there's a file missing, or it is corrupted.
Error Code: 0xc0000225
File: \WINDOWS\system32\winload.exe
Possible solutions:
Recover system.
Secondary problem:
My laptop has no dvd drive.
The disk had a recovery partition, but apparently that is not available either, because I can't find a 'recover' option on boot options.
I have the Recovery Disk, another windows laptop with dvd drive, and I have an USB drive which I can use to boot the recovery. I need to know how to create an usb to recover windows, using the recovery disk. What I find online are ways to create that usb resorting to the recovery partition, not the disk.
Besides this, I would like to know if booting the Windows Recovery deletes the files, or if there's some possibility of that to happen. In that case, since I don't have a backup (I thought I had, but apparently it wasn't working properly), I also want to know whether it is possible to access the files first, to create a backup, before messing further with the system.
Context (and further question):
The error happened after I tried to install Linux on a secondary partition.
In Windows, I created the free space by shrinking the (bigger) partition. Formated a bootable usb t... Read more

Answer:Create a windows recovery usb from Recovery Disk

click here make the windows 10 media creation tool and an win 10 iso on USB
boot from the USB and try start up repair first

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I have recovery discs that came with my HP laptop 8510 workstation.

I use them occasionally to perform a full system restore.

They require about an hour of 'babysitting' to key in the same commands I did last time around.

When I'm done doing so I reload half a dozen of my favorite programs, including Google Sketchup Pro, VLC Player, PDFXchange, and a few others like screen capture utilities.
Recently I wondered if it might not be possible to incorporate ALL of the above on one BOOTABLE media, that I could just insert, click "start" and be done with it.

After a few days of frustrating research I downloaded a trial of Acronis Home 2012 and it seemed pretty straightforward. I followed directions to a "T". Built a 'bootable' drive containing 9.2gb of data onto a formatted 16gb USB stick, and when I attempted to boot off the resulting drive my computer did not recognize it. I did all of the proper F10... assign usb drive for boot.... etc.

I inserted the drive into a working computer and it contains the following..

Local disk ©1.tib
TIB File

Local disk ©2.tib
TIB File
All my attempts to get help from the Acronis forum have devolved into a truly bizarre, sometimes testy, exchange about what it is exactly I'm trying to accomplish. Which is amazing. It's ultimately simple. A is on my harddrive.
I want to put A on a bootable recovery media that I can use to replace A, in it&#... Read more

Answer:how to create a full recovery disk or usb stick?

Your desires...are complicated by the fact that you have an OEM (HP system).

That means that HP devised it's method of restoring a its own unique manner...which means that you may not necessarily be able to use bootable materials to reinstall the operating system.

Your system may require files stored on the hard drive (possibly in a hidden partition) to be used to reinstall the O/S. This makes the process not as convenient as users might want.


Excerpt from HP FAQ linked above:

"HP stopped shipping the Windows XP operating system recovery discs in 2005, and never shipped recovery discs on computers with Vista or Windows 7. The HP Recovery Manager program is part of the original hard drive image on HP computers and can be used to recover the operating system from files stored in a partition on the hard drive without needing recovery discs. It can also be used to create a personalized recovery disc for a specific notebook.

A replacement recovery disk can be purchased for most models. See Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recove... Read more

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I had a Windows 10 x64 home Pc on which I could create a Recovery Disk.
I had upgraded to win x64 Pro recently and since then I ger the error that some files are missing and I cannot create a Recovery Disk.
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Unable to create Recovery Disk on Windows 10 x64 Pro

Howdy Mohan Rajan!

I had also difficult in the past made windows own backup tools a recovery/filehistory/image backup. But if you could give the error code then internet is full of same error messages and much questions but less answers. My error code was =>
Windows 10 64bit Pro BackUp Error 0x80070578

No answers in the net, nor i dont have a patience to look. So i solved problem with good third party tools.

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My daughter's ACER laptop (Aspire 5100 with XP Professional), purchased in 2006, was very sloooow. She received not system or recovery disk when she purchased and she never made a recovery disk.

Yesterday she contacted ACER Support and they directed her to a tech service. She spent 6 hours online, and on the phone, with a service tech (from India) who took control of her computer, scanned, repaired, deleted, etc. After restart, she lost the ability to connect to the internet (by wireless or hard wire). Her computer indicated the she's connected but she can't get online ('Unable to Display Page' or similar error message).

She went to her e-Restore Manager and it won't open.

We'd like to reformat her computer. She has no data of any value and want to wipe it completely and start fresh.

Can anyone tell me (us) how to obtain a recovery disk - help?

Answer:How to create Recovery Disk with corrupted system?

As far as a recovery disc is concerned, you'll have to contact Acer. Alternatively, you can purchase an OS disc and do a clean install.

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Hi I have an old (2013) HP-8760W with, now after the "forced" update, runs Windows 10 Pro. I try to make a recovery/boot USB-disk, using the system tools in Windows, But this failes after starting to copy. It givs a non informative error message, only saying "can's create....".Yes the USB is large enough. How do I make something that will be possible to boot from in the case that my PC fail to boot from system SSD ? Thanks, Jo

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Good Morning to All, I am using Windows 10 Single language Home edition on Intel i5-4210U CPU @1.70GHz, 2.40GHz, with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard disk. I deleted my recovery disk by mistake. Now I want to create 2 more partitions, one for data and other for REcovery disk. How do I Do it. Also I want to create recovery disk. How do I do it and what should be my partition sizes. Thanks

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