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Y400 - question on USB recovery disk format and partition table

Question: Y400 - question on USB recovery disk format and partition table

Hi, Couple of months ago, I have managed to install fedora 18 on my son's Y400 laptop (model December 2012) and enable UEFI dual boot, with secure options. Before the installation, I have created an USB recovery stick as per the instructions from Microsoft. Couple of days ago, I tried to make a fresh install of fedora 20 over the existing partitions and messed it up. To make things worse, in an attempt to recover, I have managed to delete Windows Recovery Environment partition from HDD. At the moment the laptop is unbootable. The thing is is that I don't have the proper USB recovery stick anymore, but the images of it (both in ISO and .img extensions) stored on another box. I am trying to recreate USB recovery stick from the image stored on another box. My questions are: 1) Would that be possible at all?2) Does anyone know specifics about the partition table layout of the USB stick on which the recovery image should be written? Does it have to have GPT Partition Table written on? Mind, I am formatting it under Systemrescue Linux, since I don't have windows 8 handy (but formatting it under windows 7 would be easy for me).3) Does anyone know which filesystem the USB stick should be formatted before writing the image on it?4) In the case I try to recover the deleted partition by testdisk, which files I should particularly look for? What's the name of the backup file which will enable lenovo recovery tool to do the job? Many thanks in advance

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Hello,

My laptop is Qosmio F20

After installing my OS using Recovery CD I created more partitions ... now I have 5 partitions.
Now I want to re-install my OS on C: where it's already exist right now but I would like to format partition C: before I use the "expert installation" ..
How can I do that?

Also, If I used the "expert installation" which gives me the ability to choose which partition I like to use. Will it format the partition before the installation or it's will overwritten it?

Thank you some much in advance.

Answer:Qosmio F20 - How to format only C: partition using Recovery disk

On my laptop, my recovery CD has the option to just format C: in the Custom/Expert section, so have another look.
However my Recovery CD may be set up differently.

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I have a gateway laptop and am having trouble recovering the system to factory settings. When I run the recovery disk, I get the message:
Fail to format disk 0 partition 3
I tried running an AVG bootable CD to diagnose the recovery issues, but the laptop does not run the disk and instead gives the error msg:
BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Can anyone help me with this problem -- many thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Failure to Format Disk 0 Partition 3 on Gateway Recovery

Thanks for the new thread.

So just to be sure you are booting from the recovery discs and not trying to run them in Windows which was the other persons problem?

Does the AVG disc let you see files and folders on the HD? And which version of Windows are you running 32bit or 64bit or give model number of laptop.
 

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Hi there,

I have a Satellite C660D-17E laptop and want to format my hard drive, delete the recovery partition and recover the preinstalled Windows 7 and other software. I don't want to keep any of my own data, that's all backed up already, I just want to be sure I can safely restore the preinstalled stuff. I have a few questions I need help to clear up before I go ahead.

Am I right in thinking the dvd recovery disks I made when I first got my laptop will have all the software and drivers I need on it, the same as the recovery partition would? If I make another spare set now just to be safe will they only have the out of the box default stuff: OS, software and drivers on and none of my data?

I found [this post|http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/support/items/faq/71] which explains the recovery process. If I select "Erase the hard disk" (so I can erase my hdd and remove the recovery partition too) what happens after that? Will it restore the OS and software from the dvd backup disk? Will the process after this recreate a recovery partition (which I don't want)?


Added sidenote:
I actually would prefer to be able to choose which preinstalled programs get installed after I format, but I'm guessing that's probably not possible and will have to settle for installing everything and removing what I don't want after. Or is there a way?


Sorry I know that was a long post, but I want to be sure of what will happen BEFORE I go and mess things up! :) If you... Read more

Answer:Format HDD, delete recovery partition then recover with disk

Hi

I will try to offer some help. ;)
> Am I right in thinking the dvd recovery disks I made when I first got my laptop will have all the software and drivers I need on it, the same as the recovery partition would?
Yes. Recovery image saved on recovery discs contains operating system, all necessary drivers, Toshiba specific tools and utilities and some additional software.
> If I make another spare set now just to be safe will they only have the out of the box default stuff: OS, software and drivers on and none of my data?
Preinstalled ?Toshiba recovery creator? make recovery disc that includes recovery image only. It has nothing to do with your personal data.
> I found this post which explains the recovery process. If I select "Erase the hard disk" (so I can erase my hdd and remove the recovery partition too) what happens after that?
After that you must use created recovery discs for recovery image installation.
> Will the process after this recreate a recovery partition (which I don't want)?
When you use recovery discs for recovery image installation your notebook will have ?factory settings? that include recovery image saved on HDD. To be honest I don't understand why you don't want to have this recovery image on HDD. This allows you to make recovery installation using HDD recovery option. But of course you can delete it later to get more free space on your HDD. For recovery image installation you can always use created recovery DVD discs. ... Read more

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Hi guys,
I have a laptop running windows XP Home and Ubuntu linux on seperate partitions. Somehow the partition table has become corrupted, probably due a to bad linux live cd boot. Now I can't boot into windows or linux. I have decided to format the hard drive, (probably an extreem measure but there isn't really anything on it I want to keep) but booting partition magic 7.0 tells me I have a partition table error #110 and won't let me format the drive. So how can I format this hard drive? How easy is it to repair the partition table? By the way the laptop has no floppy drive.
 

Answer:How do I format a hard drive with a corrupted partition table?

Try this:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Ultimate_Boot_Disk_9x_d517.html
 

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Hello. I recieved my Ideapad Y400 laptop today, and I have been stuggling for hours to make a working factory reset disk in case my HDD fails in the future. So far I have had no success in creating one. I have made 2 different types of images of the HDD and neither of them are bootable. I have also made a repair disk and that is only to fix corrupted files, not to reinstall the OS on a new HDD if my old one fails. I have also tried using the OneKey Recovery software that came with the laptop, however it cannot burn to DVDs, and from what I read it doesn't work properly off of the USB either. How can I make a working factory reset disk? Thank you for your time.

Answer:Factory Settings Recovery Disk Y400 Windows 8

Hi
 
Welcome To Lenovo Community
 
We are really sorry to hear about the issue you are facing,
 
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 flash drive or external drive to save the backup)
 
You may also like to check:

How to create a Windows 8 Recovery Image  http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=HT076024
How to refresh your PC

 http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2293-refresh-windows-8-a.html
 
 
 http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-3000-and-Valueline/Recovery-Disk/td-p/931203
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Windows-8/Buyer-Beware-Don-t-format-your-windows-8-disk/td-p/922487/page...
 
 
 
 
 
Do give this a try and let us know  
 
 
 
Hope This Helps
Cheers!!!
 
 
 
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So in the midst of configuring a dual boot and not paying as close attention as I should (obviously) I wrote over my existing Windows 7 partition with a partition.
I attempted to recover the partition using TestDisk but after that I'm left with a partition table of "unallocated space", so I assume I tried to restore the incorrect table.
However, when I'm in a live environment I can mount the individual partitions and access the data. Any suggestions on how to go about recovering the partition table now that I've made a mess?
Appreciate the assistance

Answer:Partition table recovery

You will have to Wipe the drive using something like [email protected], Then reinstall Windows.

I had the same issue once bad Partition Table I wiped the drive to fix the partition table then reinstalled Windows.

I would also perform Hard drive diagnostics tools also.
Downloading UBCD which is in my signature.Burn the ISO Image to a blank CD using Imgburn (How to burn a ISO Image using Imgburn) burn at lowest speed. With the newly burned cd boot with the cd go to HDD>Diagnostics>The maker of your HDD perform a extended and long test.

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Hi, could someone post me disk partition table from G560? I removed partition for Windows restoration (but I didn't rewrite it). Ideally output from something like Linux's command "fdisk -l /dev/sda" with accurate partition position and size. Thank you in advance.

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Mistakenly I run an app that cleared the hard drive boot block, instead of a USB drive attached to the laptop, and that basically cleared the drive partition table. Can somebody extract the bootblack from the drive and sent it to me so I can recover the drive layout. I would have used the recovery cd if some would have been supplied with the laptop, but now I got stucked with system down. ThanksMenashe

Answer:lost disk partition table

Hi
 
Welcome To Lenovo Community
 
We are really sorry to hear about the issue you are facing,  
 It seems you have not created a set of recovery media using OKR .
Please contact local Lenovo support and get a set of recovery media ordered which will be of minimal cost
 
Do give this a try and let us know  
 
 
 
Hope This Helps
Cheers!!!
 
 
 
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I messed up / corupted / deleted my partition table on 1 of my hard disks few days ago when I was attempting to install redhat linux (FAILED....)

I have searched through this forum and came up with a few related topics on my question but so far i still cannot recover my partition table and my hard disks(5GB) fails to boot. It says no OS installed... i have installed windows on another hard drive(40GB)

I have attempted to find some programs which can recover my partition table. Does anyone know of some freeware?

It's strange that I can see the files in the disk via DOS but Windows tells me that the disk isn't formatted... Please help! Thanks
 

Answer:Partition Table / Boot sector recovery?

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Hey all,

My system recently hardlocked and when I rebooted it again, I found that the partition table on the boot drive had been damaged.

It's been so long since I have tried to repair harddrives that I have completely forgotten everything about it. CHKDSK from the Windows XP recovery concosle says the there are unrecoverable errors, but I downloaded a free trial partition recovery tool from a company called [email protected] and it was able to scan and locate my partition.
I had to boot from a dos disk and then run PR.EXE in order to launch the program. I confirmed that it was working, but in order to save the partition I need the full (rather expensive) version.

Are there any free alternatives to this software that you guys can recommend?

Thanks,
Matt
 

Answer:Good Freeware for Partition Table Recovery?

Give this a shot bro: http://www.dtidata.com/ntfs_partition_repair.htm
Also: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_6.9_Release

There's a bunch of images for the example, but I really don't want to spend the time to upload them all, and insert them into the post............if you want the whole thing, PM me, and I'll email it to you.
Here's article info I copied for the dtidata:

NTFS Partition Repair :
Click here for Easy to use tools to recover data from NTFS partitions.
If you would like to actually repair the partition please use the tool at the bottom of this page. This is a simple, but EXTREMELY POWERFUL tool. If you are unsure of ANY of the steps please call us:
Free Partition Recovery is an extremely powerful tool for anyone to use but this statement must be caveated with the fact that with power comes a degree of responsibility.

In other words, use this tool with extreme caution as it can destroy your file system to the point of massive and possibly permanent data loss.

That being said lets take a look at how we can put this tool to good use.
First, the software should be run from a master drive. There should be two drives in the system, your boot drive from where the software is executed, and the damaged drive. The damaged drive being the one with the corrupt or missing partition. Free Partition Recovery is designed to work on Windows XP type operating systems, so make sure that you have unzipped the file onto that type of operating system... Read more

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Hi

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

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

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

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

thanks.

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

Hi -

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

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hi all,

I had a nice working multiple booting system on my Mac Book Air with the following partition table:

Partition 1: Primary - HFS - Bootloader (set as active)
Partition 2: Primary - NTFS - Windows 8
Partition 3: Extended partition (rest of my hard disk was this extended partition containing logical partitions as following)Partition 4: Logical - HFS - Mountain Lion
Partition 5: Logical - EXT4 - Debian
Partition 6: Logical - EXT4 - Ubuntu
Partition 7: Logical - NTFS - DATA
Partition 8: Logical - HFS - Snow Leopard
Note: Partitions 4-8 are inside Partition 3 (extended).

Now as I had some troubles hibernating Windows 8, after reading that I have to set Windows partition as active, I went ahead and used Disk Management program and set Partition 2 as active (before it was Partition 1 as mentioned above).
And bammm, Partitions 4, 5, 6 and 7 are lost!!!! This is so bad, Microsoft! I just wanted to make a partition active, that's it... and now my other operating systems and more importantly the Data I had on partition 7 is gone!

Can someone please help me? Are there any chances to get the partition table data back? I have another system that has Linux and Mac OSX if that's needed for recovery. Please help.

P.S. The weird thing is that, as a result of this, all extended partitions seem to be affected except the last one (Partition 8) and I can confirm that it boots and I have a functioning Snow Leopard there... but Partit... Read more

Answer:Disk Management messed up my partition table!!!

Windows 8 uses GPT. I suspect your system uses MBR partition scheme. I'm not familiar with Mac. You may have better luck on a Mac oriented forum. If you have backups then you may be able to fix the corrupted data once the partition table is restored.. if it can be.

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Is it possible to install Windows 7 on a GPT disk?

I created a RAID 0 array on my dual Xeon 5580 system and tried installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM. When I got to the "Where do you want to install Windows" part I used shift-F10 to open up a command window, then I used diskpart to create a GPT with the following partitions:

Disk 0 Part 1 -  102 MB EFI System
Disk 0 Part 2 -  128 MB MSR
Disk 0 Part 3 -  500 MB Primary
Disk 0 Part 4 - 7446 GB Primary

But there was a message "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 3 (show details)" - clicking on "show details" gave me "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

What gives? I thought Windows Vista and beyond supported GPT.

The problem with MBR is that you can't have a file system larger than 2 TB.

Cheers, Eric

Answer:Is It Possible to Install Windows 7 on a GUID Partition Table Disk?

Please see the following article: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT_FAQ.mspxCarey Frisch

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I have a 20G hard disk that is (used to be) divided into 5 partitions.
When my computer booted up yesterday, only the C partition was visible -
the other partitions, containing all my personal files, installed games and
digital photos, had disappeared without a trace. Partition magic, which I had
used to partition the disk in the first place, informs me that "Logical drive
chain points to sector without partition table." Is there some utility that
can recover my partition table for me?
 

Answer:Any way to rescue corrupted partition table on hard disk?

Disk Doctor, which is part of the Norton Utilities or Norton System Works depending on your OS, may be able to correct your problem.
 

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Greetings:  Wonder if anyone can assist me with a data recovery problem?
 
XP machine with 200GB hard drive. 
 
As the machine is old, the power button broke, and the owner was having other issues with software operation, so I opted to move the hard drive to a newer machine.  Pulled the drive, and using IDE to USB adapter in laptop was finally able to see the drive. 
 
Using Spinright to attempt data recovery, the error message is "error reading partition table disk 1 sector 0".
 
The sector 0 error makes me think virus.  Is there anything to be done to recover the owner's data?
 
 

Answer:Error reading partition table disk 1 sector 0

Hi
 
I don't think it is due to virus. I suspect bad sectors in the HDD surface. You will have better luck by attaching the HDD to an IDE port and then running Spinrite. Programs like Spinrite are using the SMART commands directly to interface with the HDD. Using a USB case will limit the functionality of these programs. 
 
Spinrite FAQ - https://www.grc.com/sr/faq.htm
 

 
SpinRite provides complete interaction with IDE-interface PATA (parallel ATA) and SATA (Serial ATA) drives, and it can also be used with any other type of drive — SCSI, USB, 1394/Firewire — that can be made visible to DOS through the addition of controller BIOS or add-on DOS drivers. To obtain the best performance, IDE drives can be temporarily removed from their external USB or Firewire cases and attached directly to the PC motherboard.

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hi, i messed up my dell laptop and been using my phone for now

this is what i did...
1. downloaded the testdisk program because i wanted to repair my external hard drive that i just moved to a new enclosure.
2. accidentally ran the program on my laptop c drive instead...i did the normal steps like analyze, and i think it was repairing/writing the mbr when i realized it was the wrong drive and stopped it half way.
3. after i shutdown my laptop, it only would boot to the dell hardware diagnostics. those tests didnt help, so i found the partition table doctor bootable cd.
4. when i ran that, it immediately said partition 1 and 3 sectors should start at 0 instead of 249 or smthng. i clicked ok, and PTD shows me this:
partition / system / MB space
c: / fat16 / 78
d: / fat32 / 32773
/ free / 81619

i was able to rebuild partition tables and mbr on all, but could only fixboot on that tiny c drive. i think its just totally messed up bcuz my laptop originally had a huge c drive and the small d partition just for my dell factory image. finally, i learned that i should have tried to boot from my operating system cd and try to repair the system, but that option cant find my os...now. when i boot normally it says invalid system disk...i know this is long but thx if you have any input!!

Answer:help? invalid system disk after using testdisk and partition table doctor

Hello OkOk and welcome to the forum

WoW I am going to send you some info for you to try and lets hope that one of them works. Before you do any of the foloowing lets have you do a safe boot, if you can get into the safe mode you can do a system restore from there, and here is the info for doing a safe mode.

Safe Mode

First this is what should be done on a start up repair..

Startup Repair

Create a Recovery Disc

System Recovery Options

System Restore

System Restore - How to

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Hi

I rebooted my machine today and my data drive (2nd NTFS drive and not bootable) did not show up in My Computer.

Using the Disk Manager it reported that the drive (Maxtor 200GB) was Not Initialized and Unallocated. I ran Norton Disc Doctor which reported "Invalid signature in partition table" immediatelyand asked me if I wanted to correct this, as I was unsure if it would wipe my data I said no.

I've had a similar problem before so I ran GetBackNTFS which duly scanned the hard drive and picked up the files on the disk, when I got to the screen where it asked me to choose a file system it was blank and no files were listed for me to select so I am stuck.

Ironically I have just installed a third hard drive for backup up and now this happens, any help on getting my data back would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Andy

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Hello,I had a non-system disk installed on my computer, NTFS formatted, ~75 GB. I had to disconnect it, and then when I reconnected it, it was not recognized. After fiddling around with the computer management console, it finally recognized it, but through my efforts, I seem to have corrupted something, boot sector, or partition table, or something, because now it is inaccessible. If I click on it, it wants me to format it.Using various software on the web, I have basically ascertained that it is now comprised of an unknown partition of 74.5 GB, and an unallocated partition of 2.49 MB.Any advice on how to repair this problem, without paying?Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:corrupted boot sector or partition table in non system disk

Try using Disk Manager.... but its an Seagate Software

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Hello,

I have a Dell Latitude E6410 that has Windows 7 with a SSD hard drive. I am trying to format the hard drive and reinstall windows 7 home prem. I went into the bios changed boot list option to legacy. The only options I get are Legacy and UEFI. My hard drive is recognized in the bios. I then put my Windows 7 installation disk in and boot to it. When I get to the screen that shows my partitions I select the partition that I want to format and it says

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk.The selected disk has an mbr partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks.

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

Answer:Install Windows 7 to SSD Drive, Selected Disk has MBR Partition Table.

Is there some reason you do not want to use GPT?

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hi all,
I have an external 3TB hard drive, USB. I used a mac to partition it, 2.25TB is HFS+ (Mac OS extended - journaled) and the other is 490gb NTFS (to use on windows). It would not give me the option to use MBR (master boot record) so i used the GUID table. It works fine on macs, but windows tells me i need to reformat it. It is my understanding that most all 64bit versions of windows can read/write a GUID disk. I do not need to boot off of the drive.

this is another addition to the list of "why i hate windows"

Thanks in advanced, any help is appreciated.
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 ultimate x64 will not mount GUID partition table hard disk

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Hello,My system has windows Vista Enterprise With Service Pack1. I had partitioned the hard drive. And later had installed Windows Server 2003 as i had to work on Sharepoint 2007. So, its Drive C (original with the Vista) Drive E: ( Server 2003). Now the boot.ini is in drive E otherwise it wont be possible to install server. now how will i get boot.ini back to vista? i want to format E Drive and uninstall Server as i dont need it any more and it has taken lot of space and i need space too. if i format drive E, then my system wont start. Can any1 help me?Thanks,Paris

Answer:Can i format my one disk partition ?

Does not sound like you created a multiboot. Post your server boot.ini for review.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For interest:
Windows RE statue Disabled - Microsoft Community

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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.





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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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Will Vista Recovery Disk Work if there is No Recovery Partition?
Thanks all.
 

Answer:Solved: Will Vista Recovery Disk Work w/ No Recovery Partition?

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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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Talk about confusing. Does anyone know how to get a Toshiba C660 working after the HDD has failed and the owner has stupidly NOT followed the instructions to make a recovery disk. Will the recovery disk ( if you purchase one from Toshiba ) rebuild the new HDD along with a new recovery partition and install windows 7 (original OS ) and accept the product key printed on the Windows License attached to the base of the laptop. I have read a number of suggestions but these have been deemed incorrect by others.

Surely Toshiba must have a way of sorting this problem.

Do they read these posts ?

Answer:Satellite L660-12Q - Would recovery disk rebuild the new HDD along with a new recovery partition

Hi buddy?

I don?t think that this is really complicated? I could find all info regarding the recovery procedure in the user manual?

The recovery disk has to be created at the first day of purchase? its recommended to create one in cases something would be wrong with the HDD.

The recovery disk contain an image?. Image is a package containing Win system, drivers, tools and all the stuff preinstalled on the notebook.
You purchased the notebook and the system was already activated so you don?t need the key placed at the bottom of the unit.
Furthermore the usage of recovery disk formats the whole HDD (partitions too) and set the notebook back to the same state like at the first day of purchase.

There is also another option to recover the notebook called HDD recovery. This HDD recovery does not need recovery disk. Usage of HDD recovery would format ONLY the C (system) partition.

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After several failed attempts to upgrade to W10, I decided to wipe clean and reinstall W7, but that isn't working either.  It appears there is a partitioning problem, which may be why I cannot upgrade to 10.  I boot to my disk to factory reset my laptop, it tells me that is cannot format disk 0 partition 4.  I don't have a partition 4!  I have 3 and that's it!  How do I go about reformating my HDD so I can do something meaningful?  Thanks.

Answer:Failed to Format Disk 0 Partition 4?

I must add that I have a 6 year old Gateway NV73A10u.

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I just got a new hard drive and a dvd drive because both my hard drive and dvd drive both died. So I got it all set up in my comp and everything seemed to be going fine but I keep getting the windows could not format a partition on disk 0 The error occurred while preparing the installation. error code 0x80070057. Is there any way to format my hd from the bios or any known fixes that don't require me to use another computer or windows as that's not exactly possible.

Answer:Windows could not format a partition on disk 0

What kind of hard drive? List the make and model. Do you have the correct settings for the drive in your BIOS? Have you tried this?

Major problems formatting/partitioning Intel SSD for Windows 7 install - Flash-Media - Storage

(You have to read the entire thread.)

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After several failed attempts to upgrade to W10, I decided to wipe clean and reinstall W7, but that isn't working either.  It appears there is a partitioning problem, which may be why I cannot upgrade to 10.  I boot to my disk to factory reset my laptop, it tells me that is cannot format disk 0 partition 4.  I don't have a partition 4!  I have 3 and that's it!  How do I go about reformating my HDD so I can do something meaningful?  Thanks.

Answer:Failed to Format Disk 0 Partition 4?

I must add that I have a 6 year old Gateway NV73A10u.

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I really need help here. I am trying my best to Install Windows Vista but this error comes up which prevents me from installing it. Any idea why?


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Answer:Windows Format a Partition on Disk?

You may format the drive before windows installs .

On the Install Now screen . Press SHIFT and F10

A command prompt window will open up .

Inside the command prompt type in the commands below press [ENTER] after every command


Code:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="Windows" QUICK
ASSIGN LETTER=C
EXIT
EXIT
Then click on INSTALL NOW and continue with the installation

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How can you format a partition without using disk management and without installing win xp on it?
 

Answer:format partition without disk management

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

thanks.

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

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

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I was informed by IBM that i can format my laptop without cd by pressing F11 or F12 while the laptop is starting.
Which of the two choices i have to select?
Which is the process?
If anyone knows ,please describe it because I am afraid i will make damage.Thanks a lot!
 

Answer:Solved: How to format with hidden recovery partition

More than likely it's F11. But it won't be a problem if it's not or you hit F12. One will take you to setup and the other will take you to the restore partition. If you go to setup just hit ESC and boot again choosing the other key. Once in the restore partition follow the prompts to enter the re-format (destructive) restore.
 

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Hello,

My first post on this forum.

Here's my situation: I bought a new Fujitsu laptop which had Win7 Home Basic 64-bit. After making recovery DVDs, I replaced the Win7 Home Basic with Win7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (because some of my softwares don't "sit" easily on Win7 Home Basic, they are more "friendly" with Win7 Ultimate/Professional)
Plz find the screenshot of the Disk Management view after I installed Win7 Ultimate.
1) What I do not understand is why Fujitsu needs the 3 partitions ; namely the 2GB , 1GB and a huge 14GB as Recovery Partitions?
2) Is it possible to format the Recovery Partitions & make it usable for storing my personal folders or add this 14GB to the existing C: drive or D:drive?
3) Am I wrong if I say this format & recovery option (point nr 2 above) was available ONLY during installation of Win7 Ultimate and cannot be done now when Win7 Ultimate is already installed?

I know the hard drive has huge capacity (750GB); I don't have to regret loosing a little space but I'm curious to know why the manufacturer needed 3 recovery partitions on one hard disk.
And will it be ok if I format these partitions and just make 2 logical drives (C: and D) the next time I reformat my laptop?

Regards

Answer:Is it possible to format the Recovery Partition & make it usable?

Hi,

If you don't require the recovery partition, then I would perform a clean install using this technique:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Regards,
Golden

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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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I was creating recovery disk from recovery partition on my Lenovo T400 with Windows 7. 6.5 GB of the recovery partition has been occupied.But in the process, I created three DVDs. I might remember wrong, but the first two DVDs were called by the wizard as disk 1, and the third one was called disk 2.The first one has been written 0.22 GB only. Following is the content of the DVD (right click the image and select view the image in a bigger size):
 
Link to picture
The second one has been written 3.97 GB as follows:
 
Link to picture
The third one has been written 2.44 GB as follows:
 
Link to pictureI am allowed only one time to create recovery disk. So I was wondering if I missed something? How is the creation process supposed to be like? Thanks and regards!
 
 
Moderator note; picture(s) totalling >50K converted to link(s) Forum Rules
 

Answer:Have I created the recovery disk from recovery partition correctly?

Looks okay to me. In the past, after I created a recovery disk set once I have the new laptop.I would use the Roxio software or any similar software to create ISO image of the 3 discs, and store these in a network drive or 2nd harddisk. Then I would reboot and use thinkvantage to factory restore the laptop (takes about <15 minutes now if window 7), this will restore the capability to create recovery disc again, and then I can burn another set of recovery disks. The reason I have 2 or more sets is because one time I had an issue with my T61 a long time ago and when using the recovery disk discovered that the 2nd disk is bad. From that i learn my lessons and have multiple backup in case the media was scratched, wrap under heat or i accidentally erase/overwrite my DVDRW. One of the disk out of the 3 is normally the bootup disk which you can use a CDRW disc, the other 2 is quick large in file size and DVD discs are needed.

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...

patio.
 

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Can anyone tell me why someone moves a partition..How do you format the disk..is it for to save a backup on...if so how do you save something on it...if the pc crashes is the partition gone...is your backup saved....Can someone point me in the right direction..I have learnt alot from this site over the last while but there's a lot more to learn i think. Questions Questions, I know but thanks for the help.Jonah1000 (novice)

Answer:How do you....Format a hard disk..move partition ?

Main reasons for partitioning your hard drive is so you can keep data/music/photos/video editing apart from your os ,then if your os goes haywire you can reformat and reinstal it and all your data will be safe.Many also have their programs/swap file on a seperate partion as well.If you are starting from scratch you can use fdisk to partition and format/with WinXP you can do it as part of the os installation.To alter or remove partitions without losing data you would have to use a 3rd party software utility [like Partition Magic] to achieve this

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Hello everyone!
I need to know while creating VHDX dynamic, on the partition format option it means it will format only just the allocated volume in the partition for VHDX or the entire disk partition?

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Hello

Trying to help my daughter with her Macbook hard disk problem

Can I low /repair, low format and partition a drive with my PC then use it in a Macbook? If so how do I proceed?

Martin

Answer:Low format and partition Hard disk to be use in MacBook

Macs use a different filesystem.

Paragon might have something.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager (HDM) supports HFS+






File systems

NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1)
FAT16, FAT32
Linux Ext2FS, Linux Ext3FS, Linux Ext4FS, Linux Swap
Apple HFS+
Other file systems (in the sector-by-sector mode)
With BitLocker encrypted hard disks



Hard Disk Manager for Windows Paragon Software Group
Convert NTFS volumes to HFS+ and vice versa - Paragon NTFS-HFS Converter

Write HFS+ volumes in Windows - Paragon HFS+ for Windows

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Hello - I'm attempting to breathe new life into a pair of T60s [Both are 2006AY7] with new HDDs.  {One ... i dropped ; the second ... caught a sophisticated virus , i think}. During this (yet unsuccessful) process , i began by installing the OEM Recovery disk (5? CD set) , and then a distribution of XP , which enabled partitioning and formating (DiskPart?). I intend to install XP and apps on one partition , and data on another , perhaps linux elsewhere at a later date. The Recovery diskset seemed to want the service partition (host protected area?) as the first 10GB . I accidently/desperately later then began to install the XP system there . My present plan of attack is to use an external bay to partition/format the new HDD using the XP tools from another  (functional) system , then install the new HDD in the (temporarily) deceased T60 , after which i'll again use the factory Recovery disk set to see how/if it procedes. What file system should i format the service/HPA partition with/to? The XP primary partition will , of course , be formatted for NTFS. Thanks for your patience! -Tom  m , fr ny.... 

Answer:HDD 'service area' (hidden partition) for Rescue&Recovery :: what format for XP on a T60 ?

The recovery disks will wipe out any partitioning that you do. (BTW, it isn't an HPA)

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I installed Partition Commander 9 which automatically installed System Commander as well. The next time I resarted my system the MOBO boot virus scan (Trend Micro) detected a boot virus. I assumed that this was from the System Commander install, and proceeded to boot Windows. Now my primary HDD ( 40GB IDE) shows up fine, but Windows will not recognize my other HDDs (40GB IDE and 120GB SATA). It says the partition is in RAW format.

I don't think that the drives have actually been reformatted, because PC 9 wouldn't have had time to reformat them. I'm not sure what my next step is. I cannot remove PC 9 for some reason, so I am considering reinstalling WinXP. This seems a little drastic.

Please Let me know if you have any ideas, or know of a similar problem.

Thanks
Jim

AMD Athlon XP 2200
1 GB RAM
ATI AIW 9600 128
ASUS A7N8X Deluxe
WIN XP
 

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ok Here we are several days later and its gone formNTLDR missing to witch i foolowed the commputer hop link from this site.
fix boot fine
fix mbr fine
copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\ was as far as i got it came up with
problem detected BAD_POOL_HEADER

stop: oxoooooo19 ( lots of figures and stuff i cant remember )

anyway when rebooted i had a full screen of flashing squares all different colours some with smiley faces some with letters or number or symbols all flashing on n off. After some fiddling i though id just reformat the promary drive as much of my data is on the other one.

so using the maxtor utilites i ran all theire cheks to make sure the drive was cool, then low leveled it then tryed to install xp pro sp2 form disk it getts to the format i choose ntfs first slow then quick and get this message

set up was unable to format the partition the disk maybe damaged.

ran the cheaks again, all clear tryed to format again

set up was unable to format the partition the disk maybe damaged.

So i had a spare 2gb harddrive with win xp pro on it just for such ocations.

pluged it in booted it , it boots straight into windows with a message window fixed something in .............??

when i rebooted it said

load needed dll for kernal

Aahhh ( i thought ) ok tryed to run repair , it recognised the ntfs ( whitch it didnt on the other ) but would give me the repair option so i formateded it ntfs and the got the same answe as the other drive

Setup was unable to format the partition. The... Read more

Answer:Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged.

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I have a micro pc - see link below for review and specs -
http://reviews.cnet.com/pdas/wibrain-b1e-umpc/4505-3127_7-32788129.html?tag=rnav
and i was wondering...the micro pc came with windows xp pro installed, will it allow me to format and, partition, and install any copy of xp on it? or will it give me an error type thing like when u try to install xp on a vista laptop?

any help would be much obliged -
thanx,
-neil
 

Answer:format, partition, install xp question

The error usually associated installing xp on the new vista machines is the sata hard drive is not recognized by xp
 

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Hi,

I want to reinstall XP (current install is getting a bit clogged and slow, I’m sure you can relate)

But I have some files that I don’t want to get rid of, but I can’t really burn them on to DVDs, there are too many.

my plan is:

1. Create a partition
2. Move the files I don’t want to get rid of from the XP install partition into the new, blank partition
3. Boot with XP disk
4. Format the XP partition, and install again on that partition
5. Copy the files back from the non XP partition into my fresh XP install
6. Delete the non XP partition, and add that space into my XP install partition (so again I’m left with only one logical drive)

Now, I’m no expert on this type of thing, and that was only a theory, so is that possible, and what program would I need to achieve it?

Thanks alot!!!

Answer:Quick XP Format and Partition Question

Hello,

It would be possible. But it wont work. Not with any free or built in tools from Windows. You will need Acronis Disk Director.

Plus if you are trying to move games or softare from the Program Files Folder and just move them back and think they will work. That wont happen. You will be missing the Registry and other files that are created when a application is installed.

Cheers,
Mak

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Ok, I recently decided to install Ubuntu and i have 2 partitions, one partition is 100gb which dual boots my ubuntu and windows xp pro, my drive is a 160gb drive though so there is 60 gb's of free space floating around that I would like to setup a linux / ubuntu ftp server on.

How do i do this with ubuntu? when i click on my computer on both ubuntu and windows and it only shows the 100gb drive', not the remaining space of the 60gbs

remember i am new to linux comeing from windows, so PLEASE try to put it in windows terms if you can so i will understand, thanks in advance
 

Answer:linux partition / format question

Still Learning said:





Ok, I recently decided to install Ubuntu and i have 2 partitions, one partition is 100gb which dual boots my ubuntu and windows xp pro, my drive is a 160gb drive though so there is 60 gb's of free space floating around that I would like to setup a linux / ubuntu ftp server on.

How do i do this with ubuntu? when i click on my computer on both ubuntu and windows and it only shows the 100gb drive', not the remaining space of the 60gbs

remember i am new to linux comeing from windows, so PLEASE try to put it in windows terms if you can so i will understand, thanks in advanceClick to expand...

What version of Ubuntu did you install?:cool
 

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Hey everybody, I am trying to do a clean install of windows 7 onto my laptop, and I keep getting the error, "windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code: 0x80070057" . I have reformatted the hard drive and tried clicking next from there. This is the 64-bit version of windows 7, any help would be grateful.

Answer:Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. Error code: 0x80070057

Problem: Error message “Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition.”
What to try:
Make sure that the partition is primary, active, and formatted with NTFS.

Instructions for marking a partition as active using Diskpart:
Open an elevated command prompt:
Method 1: From Windows
Click on Start and type “command prompt”
Right-click on the application and select “Run as administrator”
Choose “Yes” when asked to confirm

Method 2: From a Windows install/repair disc
Boot into the install/repair disc and wait for it to load
Choose “Repair my computer”
Select “Command Prompt”

Type diskpart and press enter.
Enter list disk and note the number of the disk you want to install on.
Enter select disk n n is the number of the disk.
Enter list partition and note the number of the partition you want to install on.
Enter select partition n n is the number of the partition.
Enter active
You can now close the command prompt and re-attempt installation.

Make sure you follow those instructions exactly.

Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions

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problem 1
recently i had to install windows 7 in my pc.....bt while installing a message always shows up saying "windows could not format a partition on disk 0.an error occured while preparing the partition for installation.error code 0x80070057"
my hard drive is samsung HD502H(500GB) and have a partition of 93.1GB
please sugest a solution....i need it very urgently

problem 2
there are many important files in the hard disk....can i recover those files in any way???

Answer:windows could not format a partition on disk 0:error code 0x80070057

Recuva is a data-recovery utility I've used successfully from time to time.

Recuva - Download

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Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your SCSI devives are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or SCSI adapter documentation for more information.

Hi, I reformatted my hd the other day and now I get this error message when I boot up and try to install windows xp. After this it just says press eneter to continue and takes you back to veiw c: and unpartitioned space. I've tried both quick and the normal format but they both end in the same result.

I don't think my hd is damaged as when I go into my BIOS it still shows up and I've even checked to make sure it's all connected and such.

The computer has a samsung HD161hj 160gig.

Any help/sugguestions would be great.

(Not sure if there is thread like this. If there is could you link it, cheers)
 

Answer:Solved: Setup was unable to format the partition. The Disk may be damaged. (XP)

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I'm having problem's with an install which I think is due to issues with the DVD. I had to load win7 on a USB stick in order to get it to be found by the laptop. I have performed a clean install but now that I'm trying to utilize the recovery disks I get into same issue of the laptop cannot find them in the DVD drive. so I'm thinking, can I place the four recovery disks on the USB stick and
retry.

Update: I'm letting go of this idea. I did manage to finally muddle through and performed a Clean install, which left me with having to download from Acer, Ethernet and wireless drivers onto my desktop PC then transfer to the laptop. All seems well!

Answer:Are the 4 Recovery Disk In ISO format, can they run from USB stick?

This almost never works unless you make the Recovery media in USB format to begin with. For example you can write the Recovery disk ISO to stick using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive but it only works rarely. If it does however for the first disk, then you can write each subsequent disk as it is requested in the same way and it should complete.

What is the problem with the disks not being recognized? Sometimes what works is booting the Win7 DVD or REpair CD to wipe the HD first from its Command Line with Diskpart Clean Command.

Since a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 is much superior install, perhaps we could help you resolve any issues you have with it since it is a specialty of these forums where we have helped countless thousands get perfect Clean Reinstalls.

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When i got my new hard drive for my Lap top i formated only about 1\2 of my hard drive. Is there i away to Format the other half of the drive as a partition with out loosening everything that is on the first half?

Thanks a million to anyone that can offer some help

C-
 

Answer:Hard Drive partition\format Question

go to my computer,
right click the drive icon you wanna format.
choose format
 

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I am trying to install Windows XP Home SP2 onto a brand new IDE hard drive but it gave me an error when trying to install it.

I then tried to format the drive (using the Windows XP disc) but after sitting through the entire format process it gives me the following error....
Code:
Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged.

Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your scsi devices are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or scsi adapter documentation for more information.

You must select a different partition for windows XP.
To continue, Press ENTER"
There is only 1 drive to choose from when I run the XP setup disc, here is what is displayed on the screen....

Code:
190780 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]

C: Partition1 [Unknown] 190782 MB < 190782 MB free >
I have tried doing a quick NTFS format and a normal NTFS format but they all result in the same error message above.

Any ideas or things that I should try?
 

Answer:Solved: Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged. (Brand New HDD)

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I have been able to install windows xp on the same drive numerous times in the past, and went today to reinstall windows after a backup hdd died. The windows drive didn't die, just the backup drive, so I installed the new drive and set it all up via another os which I mainly use. Went today to reinstall windows on that hard drive that already had windows installed on it and the windows xp partition manager tells me that the drive doesn't have a valid windows partition on it. So I go back a step, create a partition and try again and it tells me the same thing. I then decide to wipe the drive fully, a random pass and then a pass of all zeros. I try again and I get the same problem. I then try to format the drive in ntfs via a virtual disk and get the same problem. Tried Fat32 even and get the same problem.

Any idea on what is stopping windows from wanting to install on this disk.
 

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Hello, First of all sorry for my bad English, my problem is when I was surfing on facebook my computer yust crashed.I restarted and then I yust got an black screen with the message "j" nothing more. I was not able to start the windows whatever I did. My recovery was also not working I think I deleted accidentally my recovery disk. So I installed from another DVD windows 8 and installed all drivers and windows 8 works fine but the problem is my computer is much slower then normal, I start my compute rand it loads long normally I start and I can start every program instant and it opens instantly. I bought this laptop from The Netherlands I live now in Turkey so thats maybe good to know for you guys. computer: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 gaming laptopOS standard: windows 8 Thank you for your help,greetings mert

Answer:No recovery disk, laptop slow after format.

hi somundesign,
 
Can you share if your system came with a solid state drive?
                  > It's possible that you are using Disk caching before you reinstall Windows that's why the read and write speed has changed. and it has to be re-enabled
 
If you're not sure where to check your DISK. 
            Press (Windows +X) on you system and select Disk Management
Take a screen shot of that page and post it back here.
 
If not You can perform a clean boot and check if it is the issue. you can follow this guide
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135
 
Best Regards
Solid Cruver





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I have to reformat my cimpaq presarui cumpter from the cd recovery disc I made I need to know what the command key is to format the drive.

Answer:format disk from microsoft recovery consel

why ? would you want to format your hd when the compaq presario comes with a system recovery tool of its own if you manually format C:\ you may not be able to do a recovery from the D:\ partition if you have to use the windows recovery consol have a read hear click here;en-us;307654&spid=1173&sid=1211

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i have used recovery disk a couple of times over the past three years to recover ME,BUT THIS TIME ITS ONLY GOT HALF WAY BEFORE ERROR WRITE FAULT APPEARS.when i try to reboot the message= disk boot failure,insert system disk and press enter-appears.i just want to format,can anyone help?

Answer:format-recovery disk wont work

reboot with your cd in the driveand install reinstall windows setup will reformat the drive

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Hello All,

For some reason I don't know the answer to this question.

Can I somehow just format one of the partitions on a hard drive without having to reformat the entire drive?

For example, I have 1 drive with two partitions: C and D. C partition has Windows on it. Can I somehow just reformat partition C, without reformating partition D?

Thanks for the help!!
 

Answer:Noob Question: Format a partition without formatting the whole drive?

Yes, simply type in the following format:

format <drive letter>:

for example, Format d:

you can type format /? for a list of command syntax and help also.

you cannot format a drive that has windows protected files or system files on it while in windows. If you boot to a winpe disk or dos boot disk, then you can do whatever you want.
 

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Hello world,Just bought a Lenovo Y400, which comes with a 1TB HDD. Preinstalled with Win 8. In Computer I noticed it shows 2 partitions -C: Windows8_OS about 890GBD: Lenovo               about 25 GB On checking with disk management however, it shows 6 partitionsAnd when checking with Easeus partition master (EPM), it shows a total 7 partitions + 2 discrete unallocated spaces.Interestingly, the free spaces on these hidden partitions is also different when viewed with Disk Management and with EPM!Now I have not seen these many partitions before - either in XP or Vista or Win 7.I have not read on why these many partitions are needed for Win 8, but probably there are solid reasons.Usually I feel it is safe to keep the OS on one partition and the files on another.1) Has something changed in the current OS architecture, which makes this unnecessary ?Wouldn't it be more convenient if a format and re-install is required to format the OS partition without affecting the files on another partition ? 2) Say I want to partition the current Windows8_OS into 2 - and make a separate partition for my files, will the OKR functionality will be lost ? I have read that changing the default partitions will make OKR unusable.Is there a detailed guide to use OKR, and know which partitions can or cannot be removed ? Here is what I know and some of my guesses - 1GB       Recover... Read more

Answer:IdeaPad Y400 - how to save recovery image with One Key Recovery

Any resizing of the partitions will cause OKR to be non-functional. See the manual. Doing the Windows backup image will only restore the os but not the OKR feature. What you should do is use OKR to make the backup. If the space is small you can always use an external drive.The extra partitions that you see are for the okr program.I would recommend not to tamper with these partitions unless you are ready to deal with the consequences.

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I have a Compaq machine with HP software. My machine is running slow (it has a 2.5 rating) and four files come up missing when it boots. I would like to reinstall VISTA (or preferably XP if I can get a copy). I got the computer from a friend who does not remember what disks, if any, came with it. I have SP1 installed but I do not have a recovery disk or an original installation disk. How would I know if there was a installation or recovery disk? Would I likely get anywhere asking Compaq or HP for help? Any other suggestions?
Stephen

Answer:OEM Recovery Disk or Partition?

Hope this helps

"If you're like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop. And if you're like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers. Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don't give you a real Windows Vista installation disc with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what they call a "recovery disc" (that's if you're lucky - otherwise you'll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that. It doesn't matter that you just paid a thousand dollars for a machine that comes with a valid Windows Vista license - your computer manufacturer just don't want to spend the money (or perhaps take on the responsibility) of giving you a Windows Vista installation DVD to accompany your expensive purchase.
The problem is, with Windows Vista, the installation media serves more than one purpose. It's not just a way to get Windows installed, it's also the only way of recovering a borked installation. The Windows Vista DVD has a "recovery center" that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.
Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpos... Read more

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System i386 O/S XP Prof. SP3.

I am running a USB2 external HD [FUJITSU 80 GB MHV2080AH Hard drive]. The hard drive has disappeared from the 'My Computer' Listing, at times it appears as a Generic 'Local Drive (M) ' with no other attributes of Total Size, Free Space, etc. I cannot access the data.

Hard disk utilities such as OGT Diagnostic tool, Test Disk, FileRecovery do not seem capable of accessing the disk, perhaps because it is and external USB HD, I don't know?

Any suggestion or recommended tools would be welcomed, as I couldn't find anything in the Sys Resource Kit (SysinternalsSuite) either.

Thanks

RE: Disk partition recovery

Answer:Disk partition recovery

Some recovery programs specify...that the hard drive to be recovered from...must be directly connected to the motherboard...in fact, most that I have played with do so.

I would simply remove the hard drive from the enclosure...and attach it directly to the motherboard.

Louis

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Hey,

The way my recovery partition works on my netbook is when it was first used (I didnt not use it first) is it creates an image of the system when all the system has been setup then when ever I have to use the recovery it used that image to just overwirte and replace everything.

I have access to the partition where the Recovery is stored and I have my Recovery Disk but as its a netbook I have no Drive, I can copy the disk files onto my Pen drive (if my pen drive is big enough)

I want to know if there is anyway I can change it so I can use the recovery and do it from scratch like when it was first turned on (first use) because there are setting there and other items that I want to change. If I could do it by editing the files in the partition that would be easier but I can try and use the disk if needs be?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Recovery Partition/Disk

does it not restore the disk to factory specs?
 

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Hey,

The way my recovery partition works on my netbook is when it was first used (I didnt not use it first) is it creates an image of the system when all the system has been setup then when ever I have to use the recovery it used that image to just overwirte and replace everything.

I have access to the partition where the Recovery is stored and I have my Recovery Disk but as its a netbook I have no Drive, I can copy the disk files onto my Pen drive (if my pen drive is big enough)

I want to know if there is anyway I can change it so I can use the recovery and do it from scratch like when it was first turned on (first use) because there are setting there and other items that I want to change. If I could do it by editing the files in the partition that would be easier but I can try and use the disk if needs be?

Thanks.

Answer:Recovery Partition/Disk

Quote:





Originally Posted by iTouch


Hey,

The way my recovery partition works on my netbook is when it was first used (I didnt not use it first) is it creates an image of the system when all the system has been setup then when ever I have to use the recovery it used that image to just overwirte and replace everything.

I have access to the partition where the Recovery is stored and I have my Recovery Disk but as its a netbook I have no Drive, I can copy the disk files onto my Pen drive (if my pen drive is big enough)

I want to know if there is anyway I can change it so I can use the recovery and do it from scratch like when it was first turned on (first use) because there are setting there and other items that I want to change. If I could do it by editing the files in the partition that would be easier but I can try and use the disk if needs be? Thanks.





If you want to re-install the OS and set your computer to it's Original Factory Settings, depending on what Laptop you have there should be a special key that you press to enter the Recovery. Then you will need to format your Drive and continue the process which will then install the OS that your computer came with. More information on the Laptop would be useful.

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Hi there.
I want to completely format my windows Vista on satellite A300-14S, but i don't have the cd with me.
How do i do it then? I want to bring it to factory default settings with everything gone.

Thank you.

Answer:How to format Satellite A300-14S without any Vista Recovery disk

Hi,

You can:

1 Order [Recovery disk|https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx] for money
2 Get Windows copy disk to install all Toshiba drivers you can download from [Toshiba drivers|http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp]
3 If you haven't removed hdd image, you can restore:

http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/ann.jspa?annID=58

Message was edited by: Jeka-??

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Well....I guess we will see if anybody in the Forums has a solution. This is a complicated lengthy explanation so bare with me.

1) My wonderful son borrowed my wife's brand new Windows 7 laptop as his was on the blink. After discovering that her laptop was not very fast he chose to remove the hard drive and install it in his laptop. (KEY NOTE: yes, the nice fella neglected to make a Recovery Disk prior to doing this.) He then reformatted the drive and installed his version of Windows 7.

2) Then he purchased himself a new i7 laptop at Christmas. At that point he decided to give mom's laptop back to her. He took the hard drive back out of his old machine and installed it back into mom's laptop. At that point he did nothing with respect to starting it to ensure that it worked.

3) Now I am stuck with a laptop that won't boot up as the computer obviously doesn't recognize the hard drive due to the Windows 7 install from the son's computer.

I've tried repairs, recovery, safe mode boots....and anything else that comes to mind but to no avail. I would like to get to a command prompt so that I can format (fdisk) the hard drive and try and start from scratch. I have found no help to date that allows me to do that either.

Your assistance would be much appreciated.

Answer:No recovery disk.....How to boot to dos to format hard drive

Do you have a Win 7 install disk? If you use an install disk to boot from, you will be able to partition and format the disk as part of the install process.

Another option would be to download one of the many Linux distros which would partition/format the disk as part of it's installation.

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as the title has said, is there anyway that I could recover my laptop to factory system? Thanks

Answer:Accidentally format the Recovery Disk on my Thinkpad Edge 14

f11 at startup should put you into the recovery environment. 

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I've been fighting some sort of issue with booting. Dell 8700XPS, Win7 Pro, 32GB SSD cache.
On power up (from system powered off) it does not recognize the hard drive (accelerated to use SSD). It only lists the SSD, and fails to boot, saying improper media. If I power cycle and hit cntl I before that error, it does not list the HD (only SSD), then hit escape, then it recognizes the HD and SSD as the boot process continues. Then it seems ok. Once up and running, a reboot sees both the HD and SSD during boot. So the problem only appears after a power down, not a reboot.
I went to the Dell Backup and Recovery program, and it reports the Factory Recovery Partition is missing or corrupt. I thought I had made a recovery CD (win7 pro), but of course can't find it. The only disks shipped with the unit were Win8.1, which I never upgraded to due to software I use doesn't run on Win8.
I'm hoping the Recovery Partition problem is why it's not seeing the HD on power-up, but may be just wishful thinking. 
Thoughts on how to get that recovery partition problem resolved? I assume it is on the SSD.
Thanks in advance.
Bill

Answer:How to fix recovery partition error without disk?

If the system came with Win 8.1 it was probably configured as UEFI.  The recovery image would be for 8.1 and links to it were probably overwritten by your downgrade.
The SSD and HDD run in a Raid configuration during acceleration.  If it is still in that configuration, you will not be able to see the SSD in Disk Management.
If it only happens during boot from power down there may be a driver situation not being loaded correctly.
You also may need to reset the acceleration using the Intel panel in the hidden icons on the taskbar.
But are you wanting to do anything other than get your system working again?  Are you looking to upgrade to Win 10?

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Have a 64 bit HP Pavilion Home Premium desktop that has become corrupted and we'd like to get it back to factory settings.

I can use F11 to access System Recovery, and the first step is formatting the hard drive. It stays on that screen for at least 15 minutes with the completion pct never moving off 0%. It eventually errors with a 1002 msg, saying I should contact HP for support. Right!!!

If I use a Vista 64 CD (not from HP - an iso image I downloaded and burnt using another computer), I'm on the green and blue Vista screen (after I press any key to boot from CD, and after it finishes loading Windows) for just over 8 minutes (I actually timed it - twice) with no writing or images on the screen - just a cursor, before it gives me a BSOD
DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
STOP: 0x01
nvstor.sys

Answer:Cannot Reinstall from Recovery Partition or Disk

That error is related to either bad memory or problematic drivers. Considering that it happened with a installation disk I'm inclined to think memory I suggest that you test it with memtest: Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Run it for at least 3 passes.

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I'm working on cloning XP onto a new HDD. My current HDD has a partition set aside for recovery. Can I image the recovery partition to my new drive and then reinstall windows from that partition?

Answer:Disk Image Recovery Partition?

I'd have to say...it depends.Some OEMs have a process called tattooing...whereby a hard drive transfer is not so easily accomplished.Google Links, Hard Drive TattooIf that is not a consideration...using the appropriate software to clone the hard drive...results in an identical copy of the content.Louis

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I own a LENOVO IDEAPAD V460, 59 - 044185. It has recovery partition at the end of the disk. Mistakenly I've converted the disk to a dynamic disk. Now, what I learnt is the only way to convert a dynamic disk to a basic one is to delete all the partitions on th disk & recreate the partitions. There are a couple of other workarounds, too - one is using a third party software & another is from Microsoft provided any dynamic disk specific feature has not been used. I've only one physical disk in the system, As booting from dynamic disks is still not permitted, my laptop is unbootbale now. Is there any workaround from LENOVO, so that I can retain the recovery partition & still covert it to a basic disk?

Answer:Recovery partition & Dynamic disk

you can delete the dynamic disc but one key recovery will stop working.
if you have recovery disc, use them or contact lenovo support line and ship your laptop back to service to re-format your whole hard disc.
( lenovo may charge you )

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urm this will be a weird one...

I have a new tosh laptop brought for me through the DSA scheme in the UK (i'm currently a student) and well the supplying company have removed the Toshiba install of windows and given me their custom one including setting i do not like - i would like to return this to a blank copy of windows or the tosh copy of windows but i don't have access to either currently it would seem.

I have downloaded a copy from http://www.wincert.net/forum/topic/8906-official-windows-7-sp1-disks/ burn it to disk but i get the error "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. if you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now." I have tried using all the drivers the ''support'' company had installed (into a partition/folder and told me about), but none work - have also tried changing the ACHI to IDE mode in the BIOS and that didn't help so changed it back. i have looked in tosh support but the drivers don't appear in the list.

I also have an automated win 7 32bit enterprise install on a USB from the days of working in corporate IT and studying for (70-680) this doesn't give me the error and allows me to install windows. (onto another partition for now). I don't want to use it as i don't own an enterprise licence and do own the OEM license with the laptop so would like to use it.

what do people suggest i do?

Answer:No recovery partition - no disk creator either

>i would like to return this to a blank copy of windows or the tosh copy of windows but i don't have access to either currently it would seem.
I cannot discuss about all details but fact is that you have two options:
-if you want to have ?factory settings? you must order original Toshiba recovery disc on https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx
-you can install own OS version using legal Microsoft installation disc. All necessary drivers, tools and utilities you can find on Toshiba support page - http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp

With original recovery disc you don?t need activation code or licence for activation. It will be activated automatically.
If you make decision to install own version you must activate it using valid licence code. Please note: product key placed at the bottom cannot be used for Windows OS activation.

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Hello,

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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Hi i ran out of disk space on my Asus t100 and heard i could get back 8gb by creating a usb recovery file and deleting the 8gb recovery partition. I have created the usb recovery from Windows 8 and couldn't delete the partition, just got help when i right clicked the partition in disk management. Do i used a disk wizard piece of downloaded software to delete the recovery partition and it asked me to restart. After restarting windows asks for a recovery key which i have got from bit locker and i am now stuck in an eternal loop as i don't know what to do. I have got to the automatic repair point but everything i try gets me to restart and go back into the automatic repair screens. What should i do to get Windows to reboot without losing everything. I have backed up my docs and pictures. Any ideas?

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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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I would like to know if there is a way to clear an administrator password on the recovery partition of a disk. This computer was not new and therefore the password must have been set by the original owner. I have tried my system password and the admin default password and nothing lets me in.

Running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and it is an HP Pavilion a1312n computer.

Any help would be appreciated.

Can someone also tell me where I can find out what is contained on the recovery partition?

Thanks.
 

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Last night I wiped out my ASUS T100 tablet to clean install TH2. But there is a 7GB Recovery partition from Windows 8.1 that I can't get rid off using Diskpart.

Can someone please assist me?

Answer:Delete Protected Recovery Partition (GPT Disk)

What is Disk 2?

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I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon which I installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview on. In doing so I formatted the entire hard drive so that I don't have the recovery partition as well. I now want to reinstall the Win 8 Pro OEM which it came with. However I do not have any recovery media / partition. The product key is also not on the device, although I understand it is embedded in the BIOS. Can anyone please advise? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.













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Answer:Windows 8 Pro OEM reinstall - No recovery partition / disk

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
To return to the factory-delivered state, you'll need to contact Support (info below) and request recovery media. There may be an associated cost.
 
Regards.
 
United Kingdom


THINK-branded products
English 03705-500-900 ( local rate) (Standard warranty support)
9:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M CPU 420 @ 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1525 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 32651 MB, Free - 1212 MB;
Motherboard: DIXONSXP, DIXONSXP, ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

My specs are as above, what i need to do is make a copy of my os off the partition set aside on my hdd, i got my laptop couple years ago and as u can see it has a small hdd, it came with os installed and no recovery disk creator or recovery disk, only a drivers disk. i want to create a recovery disk and then wipe the os partition to get the extra 5.5 GB that it take up, my drive is 40GB and i can only access 32GB approx. I cannot afford to buy a new os disk or to send off for one, i tried the toshiba recovery disk creator as my hdd is a TOSHIBA MK3402GSX ATA DEVICE, on disk management i see that the bit i want to access is 5.37GB and it says 'healthy(EISA configuration)', the other says '31.89 GB NTFS (healthy, system,boot,pagefile,active,crashdump). Can anyone help, this has been stumping me for months! Last time i had to pay 50 quid to get it restored because i had no disks, i was paying my mum back for a month!
i am editing this as i have got a system report from Acronis that shows the extra partition i thin... Read more

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I have a T61 and had a problem with trying to reinstall the OS (Vista) from the recovery partition. Lenovo was nice enough to send me "Recovery CDs." However, while I was waiting for them, I needed to use my computer so I made a partition and loaded Ubuntu. The problem is that it looks like if I use the Recovery Disks, I will be forced to wipe out the partition that has Ubuntu on it. I spent a lot of time installing Ubuntu and I like some of its features and I don't want to loose it. I would like to set up a duel boot on my machine but I don't know if its possible with out installing Vista and loosing everything that I've done, then partitioning again and reinstalling Linux. Question: Does anyone know if I can save my partition and at the same time recover Vista with the CDs on only the other partition? Any help would be on this would be great. Thanks. Elias

Answer:Recovery Disk reinstall with Ubuntu partition

Did you find a solution to this? I'm contemplating just making a backup image of Ubuntu and restoring that to a new partition.

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Can I delete / merge the Recovery Partition into the EFI System Partition?

Answer:Disk Management - EFI System and Recovery Partition.

As you upgrade from Windows 7 x64, NO.

But you can clean install.

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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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I need to know if I can only restore just the windows on my primary partition because I don?t want to format all my HDD.
In my second partition I have all my files saved and I don?t want to erase them.
Can someone please tell if I can do this?

Answer:Can i restore only one partition using the Toshiba recovery disk?

If you have Toshiba Vista recovery DVD then the whole HDD will be formatted and it?s not possible to restore the OS only on one partition.
Therefore you should backup the data always before using this disk

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I have a laptop running windows 8.1 that was updated from Windows 7 some time ago with 240gb hard drive. The 'Disk Management' subheading in the 'Computer management' window shows that I have four partitions. The first one does not have a name but under status is labeled as a recovery partition with 20 gb allocated and 0% in use. The second one is a hibernation partition with 8gb and 0% in use. the third is the c drive and the fourth is 'system reserved' with 350mb and 15% used.

It seems to me that the recovery partition with 20 gb allocated is not being used by the system. I would like to do one of the following:

1. Have the computer utilize it for recovery.
2. free up the space and add it to the c drive.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Answer:Disk management - removing the recovery partition

As to 1, I find having a recovery partition on the same drive as the OS is asking for trouble. If the drive fails, your recovery partition goes with it. I prefer having an image backup (using Macrium Reflect) on another local drive, so I can restore my setup in only a few minutes -- if needed. So, yeah, you could reformat all that space into a single partition and use Macrium Reflect (or built-in Windows functions) to store backups in it.

As to 2., you can do that using Disk Management. Simply delete the two partitions, then reboot, then use Disk Management to expand C: to fill the unallocated space. It will probably have to reboot to do that, but it does work OK.

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Hi

It seems that on any computer I have running W7 [3 at the moment], if I select a disc, right click and select Format, the Creat an MS-DOS Startup Disk option is always grayed out. I see many threads about making boot disks, bootable USB discs etc and many of them involve clicking this box.

Why is it always grayed out [at least for me].

Thanks !

EVGABuzzer

Answer:MS-DOS Startup Disk Format Question

  
Quote: Originally Posted by EVGABuzzer


Hi

It seems that on any computer I have running W7 [3 at the moment], if I select a disc, right click and select Format, the Creat an MS-DOS Startup Disk option is always grayed out. I see many threads about making boot disks, bootable USB discs etc and many of them involve clicking this box.

Why is it always grayed out [at least for me].

Thanks !

EVGABuzzer


You sholdnt format with MS-Dos. You should format in NTFS only. Why did you want to format using msdos?

Ken

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I have just bought a new hard disk and wish to format my old hard disk (too many problems to fix). If i were to transfer some files i want to keep to my new disk and disconnect it before i run my reload CD, when i reconnect it after the format will i have to initialize the HDD again loosing all my files? Or seeing as my HDD is already initialized can i just plug it back in and it will be recognised? I just dont want to go through the hassle of having to use loads of CDs/DVDs to back up my files.
 

Answer:Hard Disk Format question

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I have the stock 160gb SSD drive on my T420s and the lenovo recovery drive "Q" takes up valuable space on my drive (6gb free of 16gb). I want to remove the drive, but I'm not fond of making recovery DVDs every so often. If I keep a USB drive (32gb) in my laptop is it possible to use it as a recovery partition and have the computer automatically save recovery information to it every now and then? Thanks.

Answer:Recovery partition question

Nothing gets saved to the recovery partition, it is just for the reinstall disks. Once you make the disks you can remove the partition.

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Hi.

I have a question about the HDD recovery partition.

If I do the Erase the hard disk option in the wizard will it remove *all* or will it keep my recovery partiton that way I can return to it later. I want to know because I would like to put on another OS.

I know it said that it would but under caution in the PDF I found it said that about a normal recovery too ( that it would remove every partition ) and I am a bit confused about how the recovery actually worked.

Thank you.

Answer:Question about recovery partition

Hi buddy,

To be honest I don?t know what you mean exactly with this erase option.

Generally speaking Toshiba recovery disk will wipe your whole HDD to restore factory settings properly. That means if you boot from this disk and follow the screen instructions, everything will be deleted.

Furthermore the recovery disk doesn?t create a recovery partition. This is not available. The disk copies only the files onto the second partition in folder HDDrecovery to start a recovery installation from HDD.

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My daughter has a Dell XPS with Windows 7 on it. It was having alot of issues so short verision after several house with Dell support they told me I would have to tell the computer to go back to the factory version. I followed the steps told to me and now nothing works. When I turn the computer on I do get the Windows word to start then a flash of something that could be an error message of some sort but its not there long enough for me to be sure. I then get something about I need to run a repair, which I do but the repair doesnt work. I tried putting the original install disk in the same thing happens. I have been told to try getting the recovery partition to open but I dont know how. Does this sound right? If so how do I do that and if not what should I do. THANK YOU!!!!
 

Answer:Recovery Partition Question

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?docid=266618

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?docid=266616

if the above does not help then

d/load and run the h/drive makers diagnostic utility on the h/drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
 

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Hello,

I have 2 partitions: C:and D:
I wanted to store video Data on D: and was surprised to find some hdd revery files and folders on it
Yet, i have a little hidden partition and thought that hdd recovery waas on it.
What do you think about that? Can i delete these files on D: ?
When we reboot computer, after F8 pressed, is recovery option related to D: files or hidden partition.

thank you in advance

Boulbar

Answer:Question about HDD recovery partition

Hi

I will try to offer some answers.
> I wanted to store video Data on D: and was surprised to find some hdd revery files and folders on it.
The same situation is on all notebooks delivered with ?HDD recovery image?. Recovery image is saved in folder called ?HDDRecovery?. It is recommended to create recovery DVD using preinstalled ?Toshiba recovery disc creator?. When the recovery DVD is created you can delete these files and use recovery DVD for operating system installation.
Other way the partitions are big enough and you should leave this folder there. Just define it as ?hidden? and it will not disturb you.
> Yet, i have a little hidden partition and thought that hdd recovery waas on it.
This little partition has nothing to do with Toshiba recovery image. Toshiba recovery image is pretty big and cannot be saved on ?little partition?.
> When we reboot computer, after F8 pressed, is recovery option related to D: files or hidden partition.
They are related to ?HDDRecovery? folder and recovery image saved there. when you remove it HDD recovery option will not be available anymore.

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i have had this PC since 2007. and this is the first time. i had have any trouble with it. every once in a while when i turn my pc on. this screen pops up (see picture). and after a couple minutes all it does is ask me if i want to start windows. and i click it, and it starts up. i have 2 hard drives. one is used for the operating system and the other is used for my pictures. the one with the operating system has a recovery partition on it. can i use that to fix my pc with out losing any think from that drive? and would it hurt the 2 hard drive?
 

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