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Recovery partition & Dynamic disk

Question: Recovery partition & Dynamic disk

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?

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Preferred Solution: Recovery partition & Dynamic disk

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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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This is a stupid error on my part, but while I was trying to wipe an external HDD and recover all the space, I saw an option to "Convert to Dynamic Disk", so, I clicked it. It gave me the options of Disk 0 and Disk 5 (external was on Disk 5), but I checked the boxes for both drives, not entirely understanding what the effects would be. So, when I tried to create my recovery disks and clicked on recovery partition. Now, I'm not able to create recovery media anymore and am getting a runtime error every time the system tries to run the "recovburncd.exe" file. When I try to open the "Lenovo_Recovery" partition, it comes up as blank. My guess is that files are hidden, but in Explorer, it shows that there are "2.29GB free of  9.76GB". Being that I converted disk 0 from Basic to Dynamic, I'm guessing that's the root cause. Is there any way to revert this? All searches have been without success. Is there any other workaround? Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Answer:T410s Recovery Partition -- revert Dynamic disk to Basic?

You can try a recovery software, but I think you have in trouble.

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[Apologies if I have posed this in the wrong place; thanks for moving it if necessary!]
Good morning Folks!

I thought this would be simple: 1TB HDD with Two 500GB Partitions E: & Z:. Having available space in E: and needing more in Z: I performed a "Shrink" on E: of 75GB then "Expanded" Z: to the full amount available. I was warned it would change the disk to Dynamic (thus not being able to boot from it; I thought this would not be an issue as it is a secondary data disk). I ended up with 3 visible partitions with 2 named exactly the same and acting as one. e.g. "Properties" on one is identical to the other.
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Appreciation to all who read this and those who respond with my next advised move (if any).

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[Apologies if I have posed this in the wrong place; thanks for moving it if necessary!]
Good morning Folks!

I thought this would be simple: 1TB HDD with Two 500GB Partitions E: & Z:. Having available space in E: and needing more in Z: I performed a "Shrink" on E: of 75GB then "Expanded" Z: to the full amount available. I was warned it would change the disk to Dynamic (thus not being able to boot from it; I thought this would not be an issue as it is a secondary data disk). I ended up with 3 visible partitions with 2 named exactly the same and acting as one. e.g. "Properties" on one is identical to the other.
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Appreciation to all who read this and those who respond with my next advised move (if any).

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Hi, I have laptop with system (199mb), windows, recovery and tools, so the 4 primary are taken.
I created another partition in unallocated space, and it converted the disk and all partitions dynamic.

If I image the windows partition with macrium, convert the disk back to basic, and restore the image, will it work 100% as if it was imaged on a basic disk, or does the fact it was imaged on a dynamic partition change anything in the image?

Also, can I just move all the folders and files from the system partition to the windows partition, and just run a start-up repair in macrium or paragon, and it will make the windows partition active and bootable?


Answer:restoring an imaged dynamic disk partition to a basic disk?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I am running Windows 10 Pro.

I have an old 1Tb drive that used to be the boot (C) drive and also had partitions for two additional drives.
I since replaced that 1Tb drive with an SSD and another 2Tb second internal drive.

I've inserted the 1Tb in an external USB SATA dock. In Disk Management I was able to delete all the data volumes on the 1Tb, which then formed two unallocated sections, but there are 4 other partitions that I was not able to deleteDiskMgmtScreenShot.docx.

I then tried to convert the drive to a dynamic disk, but got an error saying "The operation is not supported by the object."

See attachment for screen shots.DiskMgmtScreenShot.docx

Is there any way to just reformat the entire drive, or to remove the partitions? I don't see FDisk in Windows 10.

How about putting this drive in the internal bay, and attempt to reformat it with the Windows 7 install disk, and just tell it to remove all partitions?

Answer:Unable to convert 7 partition disk (basic) to dynamic disk

Open Admin command and type:
select disk 6 Note: your doc shows this as disk 6, if different then change it to the correct #

Open disk management and initalize the disk then format.

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What the heck is a dynamic disk partition? Is this related to FAT32 or NTFS, or is it really a C or D drive partition thing? Is there some sort of software partition going on (not through FDISK?). Running 2000pro.

Answer:Dynamic Disk Partition?

Dynamic disks pretty much convert a basic disk into one that's dynamic, meaning it is preparing for some software level (ewwww) RAID functionality. Unless your using software to mirror a drive or something, it's best to leave them as basic disks. Most non server environments only need basic disks.

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I am trying to resize the boot partition on a W2K Server.
Current config 1 120G IDE HDD with a single partition.
The drive has been upgraded to Dynamic.

Any sugesstions as to how I can alter the partition size.
I have tried the following
Volume manager 2.5
Partition Magic
drive image

none of which will do the job.
any assistance gratefully received.

Answer:Resize Partition on Dynamic Disk

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I set up a disk in XP as simple dynamic so I could create some folders with lots more space. I split the drive into three folders and after a while the middle folder disappeared, but the others continued to function. All software in XP reported the drive section as unreadable or corrupted, but DiskManagement showed the drive sections as OK. I believe the partition information has become corrupted and I would like to fix it. My understanding is limited but I have repaired regular partition damaged drives. I would like to know the location and format of the dynamic disk partition information. Is there any software that assists in changing this specific information?

Answer:Dynamic disk partition information

Paragon Partition Manager or Ranish Partition Manager might be able to do something,

Diskmap can show information but won't change,

for more check here:

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Hey. I wanted to do a software RAID1 to my current Windows 7 system disk. I saw a few tutorials and guides were this had been done.

I converted my present system disk (2 data partitions + system recovery partition + small boot partition?) into a dynamic disk. I was not able to mirror the disk because of the new Advanced Format sector sizes being different between the disks (old one 512 per sector, new one 4096 per sector). Anyhow.

I rebooted, and got the error "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"
When I boot the Windows 7 DVD and select repair, it can not repair the boot automatically.
It can not see the disk either.

When I boot into Hiren's limited XP, the Disk Management does only see a Dynamic disk - foreign. I don't know if that's my other disk or my system disk. It sees 1 dynamic disk, the USB stick where Hiren is running from and my CD drive. Screenshot at the bottom.
The Device Manager correctly identifies both disks.

At this moment, I have 2 HDD's connected. Both are 1Tb. One is the Samsung disk, with my Windows install (normally C:\) and a data partition (normally D:\). The other is a data disk (normally F:\)

When I boot into Linux, it does see my files and partitions. But it gives off many errors.

I suppose it's an error with the boot loader or boot partition? How can I fix this?
With the mismatch between sector size, I think I'll have to clone it onto a more recent disk, but it has to work, either as a dynamic or ba... Read more

Answer:Unbootable after changing to dynamic disk. Win recovery can't see disk

We only see problems with RAID and Dynamic disks here. Dynamic is intended to span a partition across multiple HD's. RAID isn't even redundant since many lose everything if one disk fails. So I would not do it.

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after having an unresolvable problem with my graphics card - i have reinstalled xp and software and was going to image it so if i had to do this again, the problem wouldnt be so severe.

However - I have made my C: drive too small, I need to extend it - I know this cant be done in disk management and partition magic doesnt seem to allow it either. Anyone know any solutions to this - or am I forced to do a reinstall again.

Answer:Extend boot partition (dynamic disk)?

If you converted to a dynamic disk, you have probably limited your options. When you do your next install do NOT create a dynamic disk, it has no benefits for you, and a lot of disadvantages. You're living with one of those disadvantages now.

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My 3000 K100 has been sitting unused for over a year while I went back to my (very) old 486 that actually works. The dynamic buffer warning is constant, with frequent SEVERE warnings. When this happens, I do an instant backup, which buys me a little time, but I expect the thing to lock up any time now. I initially did a base backup, which I now know should not have done. I've read all the posts on the subject and thought I'd try shrinking my D drive (which worked) and expanding C (which was not allowed). Because the PC came with software installed, I have no system disks, and my warranty has expired, so I have no faith in Lenovo correcting their problem. I tried making a backup of C, but many files were copied without their associated properties, and I fear may not work correctly if I rely on them as restore files. Can anyone steer me to the 3 fix disks, or any other low cost (or better yet, free) solution? I'd be most grateful for your help. If not, maybe I'll just reformat the drive and install XP instead (sigh).

Answer:Disk Partition, Dynamic Buffer Problems

Did you try to install some of the programs in the D drive?

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Hello, I'd like to know whether it is possible to have both dynamic and basic partitions on one physical drive - and if yes, could you tell me how to do it? I tried both searching and doing it myself, but I can't figure out an answer that I'm 100% sure of. Thanks!

Answer:Dynamic and basic partition on one physical disk - is this possible?

I doubt it. I think dynamic refers to the entire disk and each partition on a dynamic disk is simply a "dynamic volume".

Why would you think you might need dynamic disks? Or are you just curious and have no intent to use them?

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We have a dynamic disk running raid 5 on 2000 Server. C drive is 4 GB for the system volume, and 64GB for the Data volume. We are wanting to repartition for more precise disk quota management but as far as we can tell, there is no product that will convert the dynamic back to basic so we can repartiton. Partion magic, partition manager and Volume Manager do not work on Dynamic disks. Is there any other way than a complete backup and reinstall. Any help or direction would be appreciated.

Answer:partition a dynamic disk running raid 5

Have a read of this Technet article

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I have been having trouble removing spyware etc from my XP Pro machine, I decided in the end the best thing to do was a complete format.

I had recently converted my HD and it's 3 partitions to a dynamic disk, without thinking whilst going through the XP text setup, I clicked delete partition for C:\ and created a new one, this in turn deleted the dynamic disks, I never clicked format after I had created the new partition and quit the installation.

I removed the hard disk and put it in another XP machine, I can see the 3 dynamic volumes using the disk management tool and the all say failed, I cannot get them back online or figure out how to repair them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Dynamic Disk Recovery

You can try importing the disk via disk manager to see if you can't recover the data on the other two volumes. You may need to use a recovery software that supports dynamic disks.

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Hello, my computer has been having trouble because of lack of space in the recovery drive.
Therefore I tried to first expand it, which it was unable to, and then make a new partition which I would move the contents over to.

However, when making the partition it comes up with a message about changing it into a dynamic disk, and I'm not sure what this means or how it will affect me.

I'm not native english, and neither is my windows locale, so I apologize for the rough translation of the message.

"With the chosen action(?) you will convert the chosen basic disks to dynamic disks. If you convert the disks to dynamic disks, you will not be able to start installed operative systems from a disk unit on the disks (except the current startdisk unit)." and then a yes/no choice.

I put in some information about my computer when I created the account, but just in case, here are some specs:

Computer manufactorer: Medion Akoya P6512
OS: Windows Home Premium 32-bit
Hard drive: WDC WD50 00BEVT-00A0RT0 SATA Disk Device

Thank you for taking the time to read it.

Answer:Making a new disk partition will change disks to dynamic

Please post a screenshot of your hard drive as produced by running DISKMGMT.MSC. Please maximize the program window and spread the column dividers so that we can see all the text in each column.

A standard MBR-formatted hard drive (as opposed to a GPT-formatted hard drive) can only have FOUR "primary" partitions. So if your existing hard drive already has four primary partitions, you can't add a fifth, assuming there's justification for another partition. Simply re-sizing your existing partitions might satisfy your goals, but we need that screenshot to properly understand your current situation.

If necessary, you can use a utility like Minitool's Partition Wizard to convert one of your partitions from "primary" to "logical" (thus leaving you with a maximum of three other primary partitions on that drive). The newly converted "logical" partition is now inside of a space (called "extended partition", which is actually the fourth primary partition on the drive) which has the ability to support essentially any number of additional such "logical" partitions inside of it.

So while there is a total maximum of four "primary" partitions on an MBR hard drive, or three "primary" partitions plus one "extended" partition (inside of which one or more "logical" partitions can live), there is essentially no limit to the total number of partitions on your MBR hard drive if you use one or ... Read more

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Hi everyone,

I have a multi-partitioned hard drive. 4 Partitions in total (C: OS, D: Programs, E: docs, F: docs). After 2 years Windows 7 began having shut down problems, so I decided to reinstall the OS. Booted from the Windows 7 DVD and picked the first partition and formatted it and then installed the OS instead of just installing the OS over the old OS. I did this because in my mind I figured if I didn't format the C: drive, I would have left over files on the C: drive (Not sure if that is true or not). All other partitions were fine mind you.

Anyways the install went fine. I then went and booted off the Acronis Media Rescue CD to make a full backup of the install. Acronis would not see the disc because it was now dynamic.

This is where I noticed that Windows had converted the disc from basic to dynamic.

Now I am trying to figure out why would Windows 7 convert the disk to dynamic just because I deleted the first partition?

Answer:Reinstalled Windows 7 Multi-Partition Drive (Basic Disk now Dynamic)

When windows converts 3 primarys to 4, it turns the disk dynamic. Don`t know how it happened in your case, as you didn`t add any more. Strange Are you on this pc ? can you post a shot of disk management ?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hay there,

I use HP Probook 4530s with Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium x86.

I installed the HP Protect Tools, but it made my registry bad and I am unable to delete them. As a result my laptop is slow now and takes a lot of time on Welcome screen when powered on.

So, I needed to do recovery to get the registries good again.

I tried to get support at HP Forums. A person there said that my disks are Dynamic and I need to change them to Basic to get the recovery. (See Screenshot Attached)
But I am not sure how to get started? I don't want to loose my data.
I have the following Drives in my computer:
I heard that I will have to delete the H drive to be able to make the partitions basic.
Note: I did not change the partitions to dynamic. I just saw it now. The laptop came as it is when I bought it. This is the first time I am having problem with my laptop.

I have HP_Recovery Drive, but no recovery disks. My warranty is expired, so I can't take help from their customer care.

I recommend you to read this thread (at least the last page), so that you exactly know my problem.

I will really appreciate if anyone will come up with any solution for me.
I have my windows product key, etc as well.
Kind Regards!

Answer:Dynamic to Basic Disk Conversion to do recovery (have bad registries)

Keep in mind that the HP preinstall is the worst possible install of Win7 one can have, larded with bloatware and duplicate utiltiies which interfere with better versions built into Win7. Most tech enthusiasts won't even run that install but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 . Until then you'll never even experience Win7's native perfect performance.

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when you added a partition.

You can only have four Primary partitions or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical. Had you asked us we would have advised you that to keep HP Recovery and Diagnostics tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add another adjacent partition.

The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Back up the files on H partition which tipped disk to Dynamic which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If it won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, follow these video steps How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then crea... Read more

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I need to determine the Dynamic Disk Type for external enclosure (with 2 drives). The MFT is broken on one drive, and I need to figure out how it was set up to accurately assess the recovery effort. Anyone have any suggestions or smart tips? Thanks in advance for your help.

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I need to determine the Dynamic Disk Type for external enclosure (with 2 drives). The MFT is broken on one drive, and I need to figure out how it was set up to accurately assess the recovery effort. Anyone have any suggestions or smart tips? Thanks in advance for your help.

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I need to determine the Dynamic Disk Type for external enclosure (with 2 drives). The MFT is broken on one drive, and I need to figure out how it was set up to accurately assess the recovery effort. Anyone have any suggestions or smart tips? Thanks in advance for your help.

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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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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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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 ?
sincerely KalvinKlein 
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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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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?
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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 website and navigate to a list of the latest and even oldest stable drivers and software for your system.Regaining the exact functionality of booting to the recovery partition isn't regained from downloading those drivers.If you're insistent on restoring the same reboot/recovery functionality then you should consider contacting Lenovo support to determine your options, I'm not qualified nor presumptuous enough to mention whether or not a fee is involved for materials.

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

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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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first time...
so i got this cool Hp laptop .... nice
the bad part ...
I had a single 500 gb Hard disk. only two partitions ... experimented to partition it ...
1. I upgraded my basic drive to dynamic drive ( got four partitions now)
2. My OS (win 7 home premium x64) is on one of the partiotion on the dynamic disk.
How do i convert back to basic... i only have my OS key no install cd?
Can i take a back up or sys image that i can use later on after converting my hard disk to basic?

Answer:dynamic disk to basic disk when win 7 is installed on dynamic disk

The only way to convert non-destructively is using Partition Wizard old version 4.12 downloadable from here: partition wizard 4.2 - Windows Live#

From PW Disk tab>Convert to Basic.

Back up your files and a Win7 backup image first: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup. Use external HD, another HD, DVD's, another computer on your network, or 25gb of free storage on Skydrive with each Windows Live ID.

Afterwards post back a screenshot of your full maximized Disk mgmt drive map with listings and tell us what you want to do, we will give you the exact steps using PW.

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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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I have a sony Vaio laptop VGN FS515 H.
I want to use his Recovery Tools by pressing F10 when the laptop boot.

The problem is that the recovery partition (OEM) won't boot and an error message says :"that my partition of my Hard disk is dynamic and it should Base in oreder to let the procedure of recovery begins.
I used utility like EaseUs and Partition Wizard to change my hard disk from dynamic to Basic ,
but They don't do any thing.
I checked my hard disk it's always dynamique, and I can't boot from my recovery

How can I solve that issue?

Answer:Can't boot from an OEM Recovery, error : can't boot from dynamic disk

When, how, and why did your hard drive become a "dynamic disk"??

It should be "Basic" in nearly all situations.

Exactly, I say exactly, what happened when you tried to use Partition Wizard to change to Basic?

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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?


Answer:Recovery Partition/Disk

does it not restore the disk to factory specs?

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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.


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 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.


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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?


Answer:Recovery Partition/Disk


Originally Posted by iTouch


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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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?

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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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 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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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 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
-you can install own OS version using legal Microsoft installation disc. All necessary drivers, tools and utilities you can find on Toshiba support page -

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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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
STOP: 0x01

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'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.

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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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 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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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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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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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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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
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!
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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.
United Kingdom

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

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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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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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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?


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

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

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

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

If not Use this tutorial.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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

Welcome to the Forums

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Hi 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|] 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


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.I am trying to replace a T440 HDD to a new SSD.I want to copy everything, including the Windows 8.1 recovery partition. The trouble is that I can't figure out how to do it.I did successfully clone the boot partition to the SSD, and Recovery partitions does SEEM to be cloned as well, but when I try to do the factory recovery(just to check if it is working), For some reason the computer does not detect the recovery partition. Has anyone tried upgrading the HDD to an SSD and tried copying the recovery partition to the new disk? How did you do it?

W540(Sold), Helix(Sold), Tablet 2(Sold), Tablet 10, X120e(Sold), X201 Tablet, X41 Tablet(Sold), X41, S30*4, X32*4, 701C*4You could throw around your ThinkPad because it won't break.You can still throw around your ThinkPad because it will break anyway even if you treasure it.

Answer:Has anyone tried copying a T440 Windows 8.1 Recovery Partition to a new disk?

I did, no issues.  Just cloned the whole drive, easy-peasy, even shrank the c: drive partition to fit in the smaller SSD.  Everything came over.

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Hi all I need some urgent help, hopefully i can get some advice.

I accidentally used the cmd prompt and clean and created partition primary wrongly on the wrong disk. Can i know is there any way to recover the data inside? please help... this is what i did below...
Please advise me how do i get back my data and also label it as d drive.

I have downloaded active file recovery and i am currently running super scan on it.


DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.


Answer:Help! Disk clean and create partition primary recovery

Hope that Jumanji can step in here and help you.

I would NOT try to recover the files as a first choice.

I would think in terms of recovering the partition--rather than the files.

The best single tool is probably Partition Wizard. It would try to recover the partition, and if successful, your files may be intact.

Don't do anything that writes to the disc.

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I have a lenovo ideapad y560 that's fairly new and "clean enough", in my opinion. And I have a couple of problems that I think might be related. Or maybe not, but I'd still like them fixed. 
I installed a couple of games, dirt rally and trials evolution gold edition, and they both crash on startup, with only a notice that the app has stopped working. 
So poking around, uninstalling, checking for drivers updates, reinstalling and such, I got a notice of low disk space on recovery drive. I went to look at it and out of the 30gb assigned to the partition, over 28 were being used by 2 backup sets. 
So I went to look at the Backup and Restore within the control panel. It says that Windows Backup has not been set up, and that Windows couldn't find a backup for this computer.. Which seems odd, since there's 28+gb of backup right there.. 
So, I don't know if I can or want to delete that, could i allocate more space to it? would that stop my games crashing? 
Can anybody help? 
Thanks for reading! 

Answer:Low disk space on recovery partition, and games crash

The recovery partition is not a backup of your current system. The recovery partition is used to reinstall Windows/reset your system to factory default settings. I would not touch any file on it or try to add space to the partition. It is advisable to leave it alone.
Try changing the compatibility setting for the games - Windows  Explorer properties tab; compatibility tab.
Regards. . .

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Hello i need a recovery disk/partition for my lenovo ideapad y500the os language is multi S weeden, norway, denmmark, finlandthe 57/58 extra code: 59371575  i want to buy it from a person who has this becuase if i buy a cd from lenovo which costs 37? then i wont be able to use it because i got 2 gpu and no disk drive so i wont be able to do it either if you want more infomation or maybe want to sell/give me then please post .   

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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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I've upgraded my X220 with an 80GB mSATA SSD, and initialized the mSATA SSD from Recovery Media, which leaves me with Recovery Partitions on both the SSD (new boot/system drive) and the hard disk (now data drive). Is there a way to point the blue ThinkVantage button to the Recovery Partition on the hard disk so I can free the space occupied by the Recovery Partition on the SSD without losing its functionality? Thanks!

Hope that helps,JohnThinkPad T420s [ i7-2640M | 16GB | 1TB SSD | 1600x900 | 802.11n | BT | Cam | FR | Win8.1Pro64 ]


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Answer:Boot from mSATA SSD with Recovery Partition on hard disk

I would be very interested to see the answer to this as well.

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Hello I have a A300 1M9 system unit.

I need to restore the HDD recovery partition, I had to change the harddrive disk, cause he is dead.

Is there any link where I could download the files? ISO img or other program able to create a new recovery partition on a new disk?

This computer is not under warranty, because he has more than 4 years.

Thank you for all the support you could give me


ps : second question : wich kind of hard drive disk could I buy for that model ? Wich connector, 2 1/2 hdd and sata? Ide? I dont know.

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Answer:Where could I find, live disk or other to restore HDD recovery partition?

Hello, i have an other question, how can i recognise the type of hdd connector in that laptop?

Is it a sata II or sata 3.0 compatible?

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I have an asus laptop with a 5400 rpm 500 GB hard drive. I want to upgrade my storage to a new 2 TB hard disk. All the forums I have looked at regarding transferring the OEM recovery partition suggest that the new hard disk be of the same make and model as the originally supplied version, which obviously defeats the purpose of this operation.
Is it possible to transfer the recovery partition to a hard disk of different make and model, and how do I do it?

Answer:Transferring OEM recovery partition to an upgraded hard disk

With many laptops, there's a function that allows you to burn the recovery partition to DVDs, so that you can rebuild the laptop even if you have a total disk failure. Do you not have such a facility? That would probably be the easiest way.

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After cloning my old hard disk to a new one which is double in size I ran into a problem. I was using a Acronis cloning tool for Western Digital, but my new hard drive was split in half. One bootable partition(same size as the old one 500GB) and a new
partition labeled Recovery partition which I cant use (also 500GB in size)

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I have an old machine i am giving away and decided to use the free upgrade disk sent to me back in 2007. It installed fine and I got SP1 on it and cleaned it up.

After everything was done I noticed the E-Machines recovery partition was wiped. Is this because I now have the Vista upgrade disk with the # on that for the COA? Not the sticker on the machine.....I had to activate it with the # on the upgrade disk. I can't figure out why it would wipe the recovery partition with the factory XP image on it. Will this disk work if the next owner needs to do an install? Guess so..

Have you heard of this happening with OEM upgrade disks? Thanks.

Answer:Free upgrade disk deleted OEM recovery partition

Lol you can answer my question from my other post...If put backup files in my backup partition, and re-install vista on my current partition will it delete those files in the backup partition?

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Hi, Thsi regarding the Query For Lenovo Z580 Laptop. I got this Laptop with Windows Operating System and Single 450 GB partition. I want to create Extra Partion on this but Onkey should be worked after this. Please Guide on this. Thanking you....  

Answer:z 580 Aftre Disk Partition Can Onkey Recovery will Work???

Welcome To Lenovo Community
You may please first create a set of recovery media using One Key recovery.
Here's a thread where we were experimenting with resizing partitions and deleting them.  I made a full backup with OKR on an external hard drive and made the recovery discs.  I deleted D: and resized C: and installed Linux.  I was able to restore the system using the recovery discs.  The discs resized the partitions and put everything back the way it was from the factory. Then, I restored from my backup and everything was back the way it was when I started.
 Make sure that the discs that you made will boot okay.
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hello i have a hp laptap with a core i3 . with 8gig of ram. 500 gig hard drive. i made a 100 gig partion and it went to dynamic i would like some help in changing it back to basic. i read the mini tools application. if i tried that would it erase my hard drive if i went back to basic. all i wanted was a back up for my files. thank you hope you guys can help me.

Answer:changing a dynamic partition to a basic partition

You must have ignored the warning that it was about to convert to Dynamic, which is meant for partitions to span multiple HD's.

You can have 3 Primary and as many Logical subpartitions as you want on each MBR HD, or four Primaries - any more than that will need to be converted to Logical partitions first.

You can do this without destroying your data by using free Partition Wizard bootable CD version 4.2 which was the last version in which this feature is free. Download this zip file, extract the ISO inside and burn to CD using Windows Image Burner or ImgBurn: ISO - Windows Live

Follow this video tutorial to do the conversion: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

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

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

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

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The hard disk in my Z570 is failing and needs replacing. I've backed up my data, although not any full partitions. How can I back up the system restore partition, to install Windows on a new Hard disk? Can I use a partition tool to clone the recovery partition to another drive, then clone it back on to the new one? Will the recovery key work?

Answer:Z570 - replacement hard disk - transfer recovery partition...

Welcome To Lenovo Community
We are really sorry to hear about the issue you are facing,
Lenovo G570 come with one key recover function. That function helps you to back up your computer or re-install the operation system by hitting the one key recover button.
You can create a set of recovery media using the One Key recovery , which can be used  to reimage a new hard disk as in your case
Please refer the thread below for details
Do give this a try and let us know  
Hope This Helps

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

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

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

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Hi All, Please tell me a way out. I have a Lenovo Y 500 series laptop and after about 2 years (not under warranty now) the Hard-disk crashes. How do i get the softwares and recovery partition back whcih had come pre-installed at the time i bought it. Please tell me if there's a way i can get it without much cost. Thanks in advance. 

Answer:Hard disk Crashed. How to get the recovery partition and other softwares that had come pre-installed

Only Lenovo has the resources to configure your hard drive with the recovery partition and the preinstalled OS. You will have to contact Lenovo phone support and ask about this service, and unfortunately it is not a free service.

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

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

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

Is there any way to do that ?

Thank you for your help...

Best Regards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dell - Support

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

Dell Contact Technical Support

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I installed the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 update and now the laptop will not load.
I have a partitioned hard drive and will have to use the product restore disk.

I have a lot of photos and things on the second part of the hard drive.
I want to know if I use the restore disk will it delete the imformaton on the second hard drive or just the first?

Thank you

Answer:Equium A100-027: Does recovery disk delete data from second partition?


The Recovery disk will format the whole HDD and will also erase all the partitions created on the HDD!
This means that you will lose your pictures and all the data stored on the HDD.

Therefore you should backup the data before using the recovery disk!


PS: Its not needed to create more postings about the same theme ;)

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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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Have a computer that didn't come with any disks, just a hidden partition with the os and programs. Is there a way to backup to disk the recovery programs in the hidden partition?

Answer:Computer didn't come with any disks. Just recovery disk located on hidden partition.

Re: Computer didn't come with any disks. Just recovery disk located on hidden partiti

Some manufacturers do supply a way to burn your own recovery CD/DVD set (even some of those Dell PC's that also have a hidden recovery partition).

I'd suggest you checkout the support section/forum of the makers website to find out how to access yours (if there is a way). Be warned - you will only have 1 chance to make the recovery CD/DVD set, have the correct CDs and DVDs ready before you start the creation process.

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My niece asked me to re-install her Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop, because the windows installation is rather buggy. She didn't have a recovery disk. Using Toshiba's Recovery Disk Creator I tried creating a recovery disk.

However, the program wouldn't start. Checking the directory of the program, it would seem that the program simply isn't there. Afterwards, I checked the data partition of the laptop.

There was a map with HDD recovery. However when using Windows' advanced boot (F8 before Windows startup) there was no choice of repairing the notebook. They only choices were the standard windows options (Save mode, normal start, etc.).

In short, it seems impossible to re-install the notebook with the current information at hand.
What would be the next course of action? Is it possible to order a recovery CD from Toshiba?

Another niece has the same notebook, would it be possible to use that notebook to create a recovery disk?

I'll appreciate and look forward to your reactions.

Answer:Recovery disk Creator & data partition won't work - Satellite L300


It looks like something has been changed on the HDD?
However, fact is you?ve no Recovery disk and you cannot use HDD recovery option.

This means you need to order a new Recovery disk from Toshiba.

You can do this here:

PS: one tip? if you would use a search option of this forum, you would find the right answer too ;)

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Hi folks,

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance,

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

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

If you mean the hidden Vista WinRE partition then; YES

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


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Hi there! I Have an K430 desktop Lenovo with 2TB disc. When I bought it there was only one partition C: in entire disc + hidden 20GB recovery partition.I split the 1,95TB partition in two (1,75TB = DATA and the rest= C: SYSTEM)Now I have 7 partitions (PBR_DRV, SYSTEM_DRV, LRS_ESP, WINRE_DRV...) The OKR do not let me to clean ALL partitions to factory settings, but only C: SYSTEM partition. The others (mentioned before) are still there.Can anybody help me how to clean all disc to the factory settings, including all disc? I would like to see only ONE entire disc partition C: + hidden recovery, like when I bought the PC...Now I saw that you had already covered the topic. Can you help me please? It is urgent only for one reason; are several days that I'm looking for the solution, because my PC is in standby for new instalation and I have a lot of work to do with it. I would like to avoid to reinstall again all software that I work with, before I solve the partition's issue.If you can, please contact me direcly (I've posted on Lenovo Facebook page too (martanrene is my FB ID) Thanks in advance!Rene'

Answer:Restore - Recovery partition factory layout on 2TB Lenovo K430 disk issue

HiThanks for your reply! I promiss that the next time I will post on forum my future issues....sorry for to contact you direcly...I ment only one partition in disk management. When I bought the PC, there was only one partition (C: )in Win Explorer and in DIsk management there was the (C: )partition plsu an hidden 20GB recovery partition. The rest was clean.I have partitioned with MiniToolPartitionMagic Free. Infact only after the partitioning, where I've created the D: DATA partition (1,7TB) there appeared 7 the little partitions:PBR_DRVSYSTEM_DRVWINRE_DRV.... ecc. Now that I would to do, is to restore entire PC and disk to factory settings. I mean to "clean" with/without OKR utility all disk to initial partition tab = 2TB (C: ) I will try to explain you what I've did.I tried to make an USB 16GB FLASH disk with windows 8 utility and while I was creating I've turned on the "copy the hidden recovery partition from PC disk" too.When was ready I restarted PC with the USB disk and followed this instrucions: Then (yesterday evening) I started to clean all units on my PC (not only C: System) from the USB utility. Infact, it was the first time that entire proccess was extremely slow. AFter two hours was at 12%....Ok, this morning when I started the PC, there was to accept the same "Microsoft Licence, Language, Name, ecc...), but for the first time I  could review the "welcome" page of Windows 8 ... Read more

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Hello My Lenovo Y530 has damaged hard disk (bad sectors)I replaced HD with a new one, but i want to transfer hidden recovery partition with a One Key Recovery functionality to my new disk. (bad sectors were at the end of my old disk, so recovery partition is ok)Is there any tutorial how to do that?Should I use any sector by sector partition cloning/copying software? But how to get OKR working on a new disk?I really appreciate your help

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

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

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

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Boot drive (OS drive): Western Digital 160GB (WDC WD1600JS-00NBC1), clean install of Windows 7 from DVD, nothing else on the drive. Data drive: Western Digital 640GB (WDC WD6400AAKS-00A7B0), NTFS-formatted, lots of data from a Windows XP machine. BIOS shows that both are there and connected. Device Manager shows that both are there and working properly. Western Digital LifeGuard diagnostics show that both are there and working properly. 'Computer' section shows only the boot drive. Disk Management shows only the boot drive. DISKPART shows both disks:   Disk ###  Status   Size      Free    Dyn  Gpt   Disk 0       Invalid  596 GB  0 B       *    Disk 1       Online   149 GB  0 B When installing Windows 7, it saw both drives and gave me a choice of which drive to install on. I've swapped drives, swapped cables, no change. I tried having only the data drive connected and running Windows setup again - it did not see the data drive. Tried it on another Windows 7 machine with completely different hardware.  Same problem. How do I make my data drive usable?  I am completely baffled. Thanks, Drew DISKPART Detailed Information DISKPART> select disk 0 Disk 0 is now the selected disk. DISKPART> detail disk WDC WD6400AAKS-00A7B0 ATA Device Disk ID: 2777C72D Type   : ATA Status : Invalid Path   : 1 Target : 1 LUN ID : 0 Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1401)#ATA(C01T01L00) Current Read-only State : No Read-only  : No Boot Disk  :... Read more

Answer:My data drive not in Disk Management, listed as an Invalid Dynamic disk in DISKPART?

If you are OK with data loss on disk 0 you can do the following,
diskpart> sel dis 0
diskpart> clean
diskpart> conv dyn
This would reactivate your disk.
Invalid occurs due to many reasons like on spanned volume,
suppose few sectors have gone bad. So you are going to lose that data and as such disk becomes invalid.

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Hey people,
So I wanted to install Ubuntu (or some other linux os) alongside Windows with dual boot and all. After going through some problems, I found out that my disk is dynamic and that was what was causing all the issues. I tried looking for ways to convert dynamic disks to basic ones without wiping them, but no luck. There were some programs that supposedly do that, but when I tried using them, the option wasn't there or returned some error. Is there some way around that? I really want to install a linux os, but I don't want to delete everything.
Any help is appreciated :D

Answer:Converting dynamic disk to basic disk Dell inspiron 15R 5537

Have you tried AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter? I once used it, and it went successfully. it provides 
 two options to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. 
Method 1: Convert a dynamic disk back to basic disk. Safely, directly and time-saving (only take 3-10 seconds) revert a dynamic disk back to basic disk without losing data. Method 2: Convert any dynamic volume to basic partition. Sector by sector clone simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume and RAID-5 volume from dynamic to basic disk.

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I am facing problem of unable to shrink c drive in my windows 7 home premium.I have read everyone writing in about not to change the hard disk to dynamic type,but after partitioning one time using disk management now all my partitions are dynamic type & I still have 288gb left in c drive.
I need help.

Answer:hard disk changed to dynamic type after using disk management

Read this tutorial on how to covert back from Dynamic. Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I am in desperate need for your help.
I just bought a new HP laptop (Envy 14) with Window 7 home on it. The hard drive has 500 GB capacity and has 4 partitions already on it.
1. System (199 MB, it does not have drive letter)
2. Partition C
3. Recovery (partition D, 16 GB)
4. HP_Tools (partition E, 103 MB)
I want to partition drive C into 2 parts: one small capacity for all system file and program file, the one large capacity for all data files. I have done this in my previous computers with Window XP and without any problems. I used free software ?Partition Wizard Home Edition? to do it.
My computer still runs fine except I just realize that all partitions now become dynamic disk. I don?t know how it happened. When I try to run Acronis True Image software to create backup image it won?t even see the disk.
Here is the screen shot of my HD current configuration: Partition G is the new one I created for data file.

I read through the posts on this forum and I am still not sure what my options are at this point.
1. If I want to create image backup for the whole system using Acronis True Image or some other software, do I have to converting the dynamic disk to basic disk to do that?
2. I read tutorial on how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. It seems to me that wouldrequire deleting the current disk and all files on it. I have already installed a lot of software on the computer. I really don?t want to reinstall them if I don?t have to. I only h... Read more

Answer:Urgent Help Needed- Converting Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

There is a tutorial here which may be of help:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

It is late here and this is the kind of thing I like to think through for a while before acting. It's better - and easier - to do it right the first time than try to undo a goof later on. You sound like you are being (very sensibly) cautious, so I'd recommend waiting for some other ideas before acting. I'll throw some ideas out there to get you started.

Do you have an external USB hard drive you can use to copy partitions to?

A quick look at the HP_Tools partition leads me to believe that it might be a candidate for deletion, but I'd check that before acting further. Unless HP gave you several DVDs worth of recovery discs, I'd say that the recovery partition is the only thing standing between you and having to possibly order a set of discs should something go wrong along the way. Does the laptop have a program for making your own set of recovery discs? If so, I'd do that now.

Someone else is likely to come along with some better ideas, but hopefully this will get you started.

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Hello ,

I have a Dell laptop which came with Windows 7 installed and disk type was dynamic. I need to install Linux(not on a virtual machine) so I have to convert the disk from dynamic to basic .

The problem is that all methods require that I delete all volumes and re install Windows . I have a lot of tools and applications installed that will require a week to re install .

So , Is there a way to change the dynamic disk of my current laptop I am working on to basic disk without having to remove windows and re installing it ?

Or is there way to convert a single volume to basic so that I can install Ubuntu on it ?

Answer:Convert dynamic disk of a laptop to basic disk w/o reinstalling win

According to this tutorial, no:

Before you convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on that dynamic disk. Converting the dynamic disk back to a basic disk requires that all dynamic volumes are deleted on the disk first.

How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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

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

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

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Hi, I was going to try dual booting Windows 8 on my laptop following a guide I found, and it said to go onto disk manager and shrink a volume to create another volume. The guide after the shrink only had two disks, and I had 5 disks (A recovery disk, HP tools and a blank one, along with my C disk, and the newly made one, named Windows 8 which I have now gotten rid of), after creating the other volume, it said about converting to a dynamic disk, I thought this was normal and clicked okay. After this I researched into dynamic and basic disks and found that only basic disks can contain a volume which is "active", where the BIOS boots Windows from, but because I converted the basic disk to a dynamic, the volume labelled active now doesn't display that it is active. (The guide's disk still said basic)
So now I am worried that my laptop won't boot, so I keep putting it into sleep mode (open and closing it) because this doesn't require BIOS. Please tell me whether it is safe to turn off my computer and turn it back on, I can't afford it not to work.

Here is a picture of my current and only disk on my laptop:

One more thing, I'm sure that the one which said active before was the one with no name on the left.

Thanks for reading :-)

Answer:Disk management converted only disk to dynamic, will it boot?

From what I've read, the only major difference with dynamic disc's is that it's more flexible, in that it allows you more options in manipulating the disc itself. See link. You are fine with either setup.

Basic Storage Versus Dynamic Storage in Windows XP

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Hello guys, I am trying to install Win 8.1 as dual boot with Win 7. But all partitions of my disk are dynamic. I went through the tutorial in the help section but few questions are not clear. I have downloaded partition wizard as well.

As shown in the disk layout, there are 9 partitions on Disk 1 which is dynamic.
1) Since basic disk can only have 4 primary disks, 3 primary and 1 extended etc, so will it convert all these disks to primary and extended/logical without any data loss?
2) Which disks would be primary partition and which one would be extended/logical partition?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when you added partitions.

You can only have four Primary partitions or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical. Had you asked us we would have advised you that to keep HP System, Recovery and Diagnostics Tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add any partitions adjacent to that. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Back up the files on the newly created partitions which tipped disk to Dynamic, which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If Win7 won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, delete all partitions you created in excess of four Primary partitions. Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then create any new logical partitions adjacent to C.
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

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After shrinking the D: on Disk 0 under Windows 7 Home, Disk 0 has been converted to a dynamic disk. However, I found out my backup device Segate Replica CANNOT perform backup on a dynamic disk. I have seen some software which claim it can convert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk. However, I really suspect whether this can be done on Disk 0 without losing any data. The worst result for this action could be losing all data and require a complete re-install. In that case, I would prefer to live with the Dynamic Disk 0 w/o using the backup device.

Answer:Can I convert dynamic disk back to basic disk

In that case, I would prefer to live with the Dynamic Disk 0 w/o using the backup deviceI believe the above may be your best option. While you can reconvert Dynamic disk back to Basic disk using diskpart command line tool, you will have to reckon with the following caveat:After you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, you cannot change the dynamic volumes back to partitions. Instead, you must delete all dynamic volumes on the disk and then use the Convert To Basic Disk command. If you want to keep your data, you must first back it up or move it to another volume..i_Xp/Vista/W7User

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Question: Dynamic Partition

I got a new laptop with windows 8 single language, I want to remove this version and install windows 8 pro version. but when i try that its showing dynamic partition error.. i am able to create new partition and use that. but installing new os is not possible.. what should i do????

Answer:Dynamic Partition

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I have added a new SATA disk which I plan to use for my OS by Ghosting onto it from my existing drive.Unfortunatley I set it up as a Dynamic disk which will loose some of the features I need to transfer my OS to it.How can I change the disk to a Simple disk or revert it to it's factory settings?

Answer:How to change a Dynamic disk to a Basic disk

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I'm using Genuine Windows 7 HP SP1 x64 OEM version in my Acer Notebook.
Nowadays I have a trouble with my primary disk drive.

I Used 3rd party partition management software to shrink my "C" drive. The operation outside the windows wasn't successful and I faced a disk check after that. BTW It goes fine and my whole HDD becomes a dynamic disk. I want to convert it back to basic. But the convert option is inactivated in third party partition management softwares and even disk management utility. So how do I convert it back to basic?

I tried a clean custom windows installation, but I have following errors.

I'm unable to create, delete, extend any volumes here. All options are inactivated (gray) The only option available is "format"

And I was unable to continue Installing windows in the different drive. Then it gives me the bellow error;

Now what can I do to get my HDD back to the previous state?

Please help me.

Thanks in advance before.

Answer:How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk?

What a mess. First you have to reduce the total number of partitions to 4 - better even 3. Then do this:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

If you end up with 3 primary partitions, then you can create an extended partition under which you can define up to 120 logical partitions.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Note: the 'System Reserved' has to be primary. All others can be logical.

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Hi i resized my D: partition. It's now 70 GB and there is a 60 gb unallocated partition. When i want to format it windows asks me to change basic disk to dynamic disk. I never did this again. Is there any risks of changing it?

Answer:Change a basic disk to dynamic disk?

Dynamic disks are a pain. Do not deal with them. If you would post a snip of your Disk Management, we could have a look what needs to be done. Apparently you already have 4 primary partitions.

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