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Clearing Password on Recovery Partition of disk

Question: Clearing Password on Recovery Partition of disk

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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Preferred Solution: Clearing Password on Recovery Partition of disk

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

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

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

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

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

Hi and welcome,
One way is to save a recover set ... with OKR ... or better do this Backup before  ...but no way to get a  pure Windows 7 Install Disc if you mention this  ...  
And Windows 7 64 Bit will not run on Atom based machine.. i.e. S10/S10e/S10-2 ,S12 Intel/Nvidia ...
(and even when, it lacks of memory 2GB (due the intel chipset restrictions) is good for 32 Bit based systems, but not really enough for 64 Bit based systems, so there is no benefit for use a 64bit on a netbook)  
S10-3t W7 64 ?
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I accidentally formatted the recovery partition and now I can't make a recovery disc. Can someone please help me? I also have an original windows 7 disc and how could i get back the lenovo stuff back on it?
Edited subject to match post.

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

That sucks, and you have tons of options including heroic tasks such as undelete tools that may or not work reliably.You may also feed your machine type and model number into the 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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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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After I did a clean install of Win10 about a year ago, I created a USB Recovery Drive. I also have a Norton Security Recovery Drive and I?ve created USB Bootable PE Rescue Disk by Kyhi. I also use Acronis to create regular full disk images and I have a USB Bootable Acronis Rescue Drive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For interest:
Windows RE statue Disabled - Microsoft Community

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I 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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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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Hello, I've lost access to my Thinkpad because of lost password to Hard disk.Then purchased another HDD and installed OS and drivers. Getting few problems, one is that I cannot use ThinkVantage key to restore my system. But I have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks, so can I recover my old HDD?If not possible to use the old, can I get back my system working[as factory default] with those disks? Thanks.

Answer:Thinkpad z60m: HDD password [But have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks]

For second option, what will be the passwords of the recovered system: BIOS, HDD, Windows?

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So, I installed Windows 10 last week. Yesterday I explored a bit and discovered Windows Edge, their new email/ outlook client. I attached my personal Gmail address to the service as well as my corporate address. My corporate account required me to create a new password that fit my company's security standards, which I did, but, after feeling like my company address was restricting how I use my personal home computer, I removed that address. Here's where I get fuzzy, I cannot, for the life of me remember, if I changed my password back to one that didn't conform to my company's security standards or if I left it alone. All I know is that once my computer locked later that night, I was unable to get back in. I've tried every permutation of every password, including that corporate password, I've ever used with no success.

I do not have a password reset disk nor do I have a system repair disk with which to reinstall Windows 10.

So, how screwed am I? Will I have to reinstall Windows 7, the last OS I have a disk for, and hope I can reupgrade to Windows 10?

I did not attach my MSN email address (aka my Microsoft Account) to my computer, so resetting my password that way is a no go.

Answer:Forgot Windows 10 password, no repair or password recovery disk.

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I'm trying to rebuild a system, there is a recovery partion on drive F, when I hit F10 on startup (which is the PC's key) it gives me 'boot edit options' rather than the chance to reload to defaults.

I tried F8 and had a repair option, this gives me a blanck login (proper vista login, not a DOS login) whioch the administrator password does not work

Any ideas how I could get hte recovery partition to run? The PC is an Advent PQD6002


Answer:Recovery Partition password?

The key choices are not displayed at power on? If they are you can hit the Pause key (quickly!) so that you have time to read.

No instructions on Advent's web site?

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I want to restore my W520 to factory settings using the recovery partition.  I do not have recovery disks, and I do not have a password that will work.  The recovery utility that launches from the recovery partition wants the password for Windows 7.  Is there a way to bypass the password and restore the drive?

Answer:recovery partition wants password

you must have got the machine from someone else, as such you should ask the person where you got the machine from.we can't provide you with procedures to override the password.

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Forgot password. What is a password recovery disk?

Answer:Forgot password. What is password recovery disk?

@Hilln632? You must create the Password Reset Disk before you need it. Password Reset Disk is for a "local" account, that is, it is not used to reset your Microsoft account. Reference Guides - "How-to": I forgot my password can HP help me reset it HP PCs - How to Recover Your Forgotten Password (Windows 10) How to Create a Password Reset Disk on USB Flash Drive in Windows 10  Reference:Password Reset Disk When you see a Post that helps you,Inspires you, provides fresh insight,Or teaches you something new,Click the "Thumbs Up" on that Post. Fixed / Answered? Click that post Accept as Solution to help others find Answers.

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How can I run the recoveryfunction from the hidden partition on HDD if I have forgot my login password for Win 7 Home Premium?

Sat. C660-15Z
Message was edited by: Palle

Answer:Recovery on Partition, forgot password

Without password you will not have access to HDD recovery but you can install recovery image using recovery DVD if you have created one.

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

Answer:Recovery partition & Dynamic disk

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

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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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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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Hi ppl..I have a 40 gb HDD and 3 partitions of c: 20 .. d: 10 .. e: 10 .. i wanted to add a password to teh e: 10 gb hard drive partition cause most of my important and personal documents are in that drive .. i dunt want to use a password like teh BIOS or teh wiindows start up password .. i just wanted to password protect that specific partition .. can any program do it ? i mean when i double click teh drive to open it it should ask me fer a password .. if thers any other way to do this please teme :) .. would be thankful to u all ..(i just need a password on teh specific drive partition and not on teh computer :))ThankxDerick


What OS are you using?If you are using XP, then I would set up your confidential files in a separate user account. With XP you can set up various guest/user accounts, with or without administration privilages.Goto user accounts and setup another account, transfer your important stuff into that account and password that whole account. You can then simply choose to log onto that account at the welcome screen, or the switch user tab in the start menu and jump between the 2 accounts as and when you need too.Then you can use your computer normally, knowing your documents are saved in another account within the computer.Tip - Always backup your data, no matter how unimportant you may feel it is, cause sure as fate, it will come back to haunt you if you don't.I have only used XP, so I can only give advice on that OS...but if I were you, I would set up a whole new extra account and password it. Maybe dont give it admin privilages either for extra security.Hope that helps in some way.

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

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

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

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

If not Use this tutorial.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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

Welcome to the Forums

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Answer:Disk management - removing the recovery partition

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for the new thread.

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

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

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Hi there,

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

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

I found [this post|] 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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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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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 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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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?

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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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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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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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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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windows 8 password recovery disk will not work,  tried using the search menu and control panel. finds it but soon as you click on it, it send you back to desktop.

Answer:Password recovery disk

Do you mean to create a password recovery disc ? . Please read this guide.

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It appears the password recovery disk feature only works with a floppy. Has anyone found a way to use a CD or flash drive instead?

Answer:Password Recovery Disk on CD

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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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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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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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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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 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, 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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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 all,

I was wondering if you may be able to help, I'm a bit scuppered by this!

I can install operating systems but I'm faced with the following catch-22 situation:

1. Toshiba C50-A-1JN laptop
2. Forgot O/S password
3. Never made a password recovery disk
4. Solution - re-install
5. Problem - W8 never properly shuts down, goes into some sort of hibernation mode, so when I hit F12 at start-up, it doesn't register because it's "awakening" from hibernation and not booting up from a complete shut-down
6. 2nd solution? Turn off hibernation - in the O/S, which of course I can't access because I've forgotten the password! Circle of doom complete!

So in a software-sense, I've bricked the laptop.

My brother's a former laptop repair technician, but lives in another country. He suggests I remove the CMOS battery to execute a complete power-down. Thus I should be able to access the BIOS.

I don't suppose there's an easier option?

Thanks Windows 8!

Answer:Forgot password, no recovery disk

From our site rules (edited):

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with or ways to bypass a forgotten or unknown password that may be required on a computer. As there is no way to verify the actual situation or intent, no assistance will be provided.


Toshiba Satellite C50-A-1JN (PSCJEE-008007EN)

Windows 8.1 64-bit comes pre-installed in it.


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I have Windows XP Pro. My computer is password protected. If I should forget my password, how can I get into my computer? Is their a way to make a password recovery disk?

Thank you.

Answer:Lost Password Recovery Disk

This link explains it all.

Be sure to create a password reset disk NOW before you need it, and keep it somewhere safe. If you change your password, you'll need to make a new disk. If you don't create the disk before you need it, if you ever do need it, you'll be out of luck because you cannot create the disk without knowing the password.

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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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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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    I've been trying everything remember my password or change it somehow and I don't have a floppy disk or CD disk for it???

Answer:Forgot my adminstrative password and don't have a recovery disk what can I do???

Forgotten Admin or User's PasswordYou do not need to reinstall if you forgot the admin password.There is a boot disk you can download at: will let you reset the password of any account on NT4, Windows2000 or XP.Just follow all the default settings which are for the admin account. Used it many times with great success.They also have a bootable CD image you can download.

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How do i remove or change my windows vista administrator password without a set up disk or recovery disk when the only user showing is administrator? Thanks

Answer:lost administrator password and no set up or recovery disk

What type of computer do you have? Was Windows Vista pre-installed by the manufacturer, for example like a Dell, HP, Gateway computer?

Or, was it a generic, home or custom-built computer?

Since Windows XP, the next O/S's don't allow you to boot to Safe Mode and log on that way, to remove passwords.

You were advised by the software to create a Password Reset disc.....many people do not do that, though.

About the only safe, or legal way around this is to reinstall. You can use a borrowed disc, provided you match the License your computer has, to the disc you install from.

A Full System Recovery will also work but I am not sure a Repair Install would.....perhaps.

Keep in mind that you will most likely lose the hidden partition recovery, if you choose to do a full manual reinstall, using the regular Microsoft Windows Vista DVD that matches your License. It will require a format of the drive and you will lose your own files, so you can connect the drive to a working computer to rescue them before you wipe it out.

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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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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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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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I tried the "create a password reset disk" wizard and although most all tutorials and sources of reference call it a disk, using my DVD/CD drive to create a "disk" is excluded from the options presented. When I edit and enter the drive letter I get the error message: "The disk is not a password recovery disk" I would prefer not to purchase a thumb drive just for this since it costs more and is easy to lose or delete.

Does anybody know what gives? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Why can't I create a password recovery disk in Windows 7 Home 64

I just ordered a 16GB flash drive from Amazon for $9.95, no shipping.

That or a floppy (can you believe it!!!) seem to be the only choices.

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My hp pavilion dv4 how can I bypass Windows startup login password screen
Or how can I reset administrator. Password w/o disk and how can I use command prompts when can't get pass login screen

Answer:bypass login screen w/o password or recovery disk

Hello Drew, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did you just need to reset your password??

User Account - Reset Password in Windows 7

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i have no recovery disk nor my password for my T-series W350I gateway laptop. this was passed down from an old friend to help me during my first stages in my college journey.

Answer:gateway T-series reboot with no password or recovery disk..

gateway t series w350i restore cd

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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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I don't even know where to begin, I just can't believe how retarded companies are... I don't even have control of my own freakin harddrive.

Ok, I really want to install Windows 7, but of course this laptop was shipped with 4 primary partitions already made, and apparently I cannot delete the ones I want to (go figure) Now apparently, Dell uses a whole primary partition for their "Media Direct" (astounding) and since their are already four, I am unable to create a partition for Windows 7.

1)Main C drive that I use as my main partition
2)Recovery drive that I don't want to delete because i've heard it could void my warranty (im planning on sending this thing in for repairs soon)
3)A hidden partition that is probably some system files
4)The dreaded 2.5GB Media Direct partition

Please, there must be some way to get rid of this. I already tried creating an extended logical drive, but it's useless since it will be unable to boot up Windows 7. So i'm pretty much a slave to my own Dell laptop unless I can delete the MediaDirect partition.

I've already attempted deletion in the Vista Disk management, and using EASEUS Partition Manager, and both won't allow me to delete it. I am just amazed that they would ship their laptops with ALL partitions used, leaving the user unable to use any for his/her own uses. I know there has to be some way, but I can't find it since I've been sitting here for about 6 hours just trying ... Read more

Answer:Help Clearing a Partition for Win 7

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I have set a power on and hard disk password to prevent any unauthorized user to boot the computer and thats works fine but the problem is that it can be bypassed very easily by pressing the THINKVANTAGE blue button and going through the initial screen of the rescovery process. When you reach the main screen of the recovery process just press on "restart system" and on the next boot up you won't be asked for a password and it will boot into Windows. Is there any way to prevent a user to initiate a rescue and recovery to bypass the password or even better a patch that will trigger the password screen as soon as the blue THINKVANTAGE button is pressed ?

Answer:power on and hard disk password issue with rescue and recovery ?

I just recently discovered this problem as well. I'm hoping someone can help us with this.  

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Help!  I have a vintage IBM R51 laptop running XPSP3.  Yesterday I updated Mozilla Firefox to the latest version and things went to hell.  The update took a couple of hours, which was my first sign thing were going sideways. Normal boot process takes forever, with continuous disk accesses.  I can barely get the systme manager window open.I can safe boot, but cannot run AVG to see if there is a virus.  AVG reports an error and closes.  This is the paid for AVG, not the free version. If I try to start the XP Recovery Console, it asks if I want to start Windows on drve C:, but then prompts for an Administrator password.I NEVER set up an administrator password. I am not even sure this problem is a virus, but I am sure I need help (PLEASE!) I was able to run FRST (from BartPE) and here are the results: Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 30-06-2013 03Ran by SYSTEM on 30-06-2013 18:54:31Running from D:\BleepingComuterMicrosoft Windows XP (X86) OS Language:Internet Explorer Version 8Boot Mode: RecoveryThe current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> FRST is updated to run from normal or Safe mode to produce a full FRST.txt log and Addition.txt log.==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================HKLM\...\Run: [SynTPEnh] %ProgramFiles%\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe [1323008 2008-07-04] (Synaptics, Inc.)HKLM\...\Run: [BluetoothAuthenticationAgent] rundll32.exe bthprops.cpl,,Bluetoo... Read more

Answer:excessive disk accesses, now recovery console wants admin password

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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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Hey guys -

I'm trying to clean up my C drive, (Windows Drive), so that I can possibly install a small SSD in the near future. I have a 1TB secondary drive that isn't only about half full, so I have plenty of room to move things around.

I'm currently sitting at about 58GB on the windows partition, and 5 or so GB on the default RECOVERY partition.
First, can I just delete that partition? I'm not really sure how windows uses it, so I'm not sure if it is necessary. If I do need it, can I move it to a new partition on my second hd?

​On my boot drive, the windows file is only 15 or so GB. Add to that the 4-5GB from my program files folders (normal and x86), puts me at 20. Adding in my "AppData" folder (which I'd like to move, but everything I've read seems to point towards editing the registry to do so, and I'm not comfortable with that) puts me at like 24GB.
When I select "all" in my C drive, it shows 26.1 GB for all the files and folders. My question is, where does that other 24GB come from? I would assume that windows would take up some space other than what is in the "Windows" folder, but twice my used drive space is invisible. Not hidden, just invisible.

​This is probably something stupid that I'm missing, but I'd like to drop my used disk space into the 40-50GB range at a minimum. I've moved my documents, cleaned out old temp files, and reinstalled almost all my programs ont... Read more

Answer:Clearing Space on Primary Partition

Most PCs now come with a Recovery partition as the only way for us users to ever "install" the OS fresh; actually the Recovery partition "recovers" to the factory condition (the way the computer was when you bought it). Read your PC manufacturer's documentation on it.

If you have already installed a different OS you've probably already lost the ability to use the Recovery partition; if so, doesn't hurt to delete it. If you do have Recovery disks that you made from the Recovery partition or bought, or have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or rely on disk images to "restore" the OS to a previous point in time, then you can delete the Recovery partition.

If you use Disk Cleanup to get rid of file shadow copies and all but the most recent System Restore point you may recovery a considerable amount of space.

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There was a post here not long ago that showed how to clear all the cc details and password etc after surfingAnyone please know how you do this

Answer:clearing password etc

Try running click here . Someone in a previoust post had problems after running cleanup. I've used it for two years and no problems yet.

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Hi  ashish,
The drive must be unlocked by the recovery password or recovery key. But you lost it and haven?t print the recovery information or save it anywhere. No any other method to help you.
I am sorry for that. I suggest you consult professional data recovery company.
Best regards,
Karen Hu

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Please help us. We have a Dell Inspiron 1501. It only has 512 MB and we tried to upgrade it to a 1GB. When we put it in, our laptop quit working. We were told to run the set up button at time of restart (f2) But it has a BIOS Password and we do not know it. We were told to clear it by finding the dipswitch, but we have no clue where it is. Does anyone know where it is or how to clear the password so we can add more memory please?[email protected]

Answer:Clearing A BIOS Password

Remove the CMOS (round battery) from the motherboard for about 30 minutes...then put it back in.Make sure the computer is off and unplugged from any power supply...and keep yourself grounded.Then reboot the computer.

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Anyone know how to clear a BIOS password? I don't get the prompt to get into setup, so I have to hit ESC several times until I get a prompt to hit F1 for setup. Problem is, I get only minimal options, and in the box where it says password, it has a "registered" supervisor password. If I hold "F2" during boot, it beeps at me then goes into Windows anyway. I tried disconnecting the CMOS battery, had it off for 2 hours, and the password is still there. I did not see any jumpers on the motherboard. It's a Toshiba laptop. Also, the BIOS is ACPI ver 2.10. I also need to remove a password from a user account, but I've seen software I can purchase that says it will find the password, unless there is another way..... Thanks, Anthony

Answer:clearing a BIOS password

With Toshiba you will have to contact them and get them to clear it. There is a glitch in their BIOS that automatically sets a new password for some reason and you dont know it. Even if you managed to clear it now it will continue to happen.

They have to take it in and repair it. They should do it for cost of labor if not less. Since this is a known issue on several of their laptops.

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OK I have followed the instructions on Dell's website:<ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

I need to change/delete the administrator password because the systems
guy has passed away and I need to change the boot order on one of the machines so that we can
perform a clean install of the operating system.

I removed the jumpers as described in the instructions but nothing
changed. I also removed the bios battery CR2032 and this too didn't
change anything.

Can I remove the battery and leave the machine un-powered for 24 hours
to wipe everything that is hard coded in the bios? Or can somebody tell
me where else is the power coming from to keep remembering the
passwords? There must be a way of wiping everything to get me going.

I thought I will flash the bios if this would work but I can't boot from
any media because the first media it looks for is HD and I can't change
anything without the Administrator password.
Please note: this question is about Bios' Administrator Password (NOT Windows Administrator Password).I posted a similar question on Microsoft Newsgroup but they don't have a clue about this.Thanks.

Answer:Clearing Administrator Password -Optiplex 760

Welcome to the community
If you try the steps on the link you provided it should work right away. Did you perform the steps on clearing the CMOS settings? You can try to remove the Coin Battery for a long period of time. Remove all cables attached to the motherboard. Including Rams. Then re-try again. If same thing happens, possible motherboard issue.
Let me know if you need further assistance, glad to help!

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How do I clear the password cache in Win2K?


Answer:Clearing a password cache in Win2K

for ie? inet options|content|Autocomplete|clear passwords

what passwords are you trying to clear?

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Hi guys,

I think I have a stupid question but can't figure out. If I connect to a wireless network with certain credentials, next day when I connect to this same network (after I had shut down and restarted my laptop) I don't need to authenticate anymore and I wanted to make it so that it always prompts for a password. I tried clearning browser cookies/temp files and ran CCleaner but that didn't help. I was wondering if anyone knew why this is happening and if there's anything I can do to prevent this?

Thank you!

Answer:Clearing password cache in windows?

If the WiFi network is using PEAP, here's the fix

If it's a normal secured WiFi network, follow this

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My next door neighbor brought over his gateway 2000 and wants me to fix it. Figured out right away it was a bad monitor. Next I found out that even though the post screen detect the keyboard and mouse they don't work. I tried to get into bois but it is password protected. Is there a way to remove or reset the password?

Answer:[SOLVED] Clearing bios password?

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Good evening people! .
I did a clean windows 7 recovery yesterday night (left computer doing the work while I was asleep) via HP recovery manager, and today while setting it up, I plugged in my external HDD for software installers and stuff (not sure if the problem was present at the moment).Later, when I wanted to eject it and unplug it, it didn't want to eject, saying that something in it was in use, although I was sure I closed everything in relation (maybe a process was still on), but I unplugged it anyways thinking that the ejection is not crucial for mass storage devices, then when I plugged it back in later, it showed as Local Disk, and so did the recovery partition tat was entitled "Recovery" before (The external HDD, which is a Transcend, does work properly though, and when plugged, the scan options notification from ESET Smart Security display its original name).
I hope I wasn't long explaining useless stuff, and hope you guys would be of help to me, thank you so much for your time! ^^.

Answer:External Hdd+ recovery partition show as "Local disk"

what is shows in device manager?..
Disk management?

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I'm trying to use True Image 11 to image the system partition of my laptop. When I get to the place where it asks me to select the partition to image, there are two: the main NTFS system partition and a small recovery partition. Should I select both or just the system partition? I have heard that the recovery partition must be in a certain place on the HD to be usable. If so, and if I needed to restore the image , the recovery partition might not be restored to the same place and would therefore be unusable. Any advice on how to proceed here? Thanks.

Answer:Using Acronis True Image to image disk with hidden recovery partition

you should image it to the recovery partition, although it may not be a good idea to have it on the same HDD
I myself use an external drive which is probably the safest

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My 10gb recovery drive says it is 85% full when there are no files hidden, or otherwise stored on that drive from what I can find. Disk cleanup came up with only 528mb of recycle bin stuff. Also I scanned the drive for errors and came through fine. Where is the whole 8.5gb stored?

I could restore the drive to an earlier version but am scared of deleting important files as there are a few user accounts on this computer, thanks

Answer:Help with clearing up my recovery drive for backup?

Use this
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

After you know what is on it with WidDirStat, we can clean it up.

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Ok, when i first bought my comp. it had 38.2 GB in it, now it only has 3.66 and i dont know where all the memory went, i mean the biggest files i have are: Vice city - 1,501.00MB, Counter-strike - 1,202.00MB, Steam - 951.00MB and i have a bunch of other stuff thats like 1-16MB(like 20 other programs). And i just uninstalled a program that was 100MB and my disk space only went up like .50. Does any1 know how i could get more disk space? Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:Need help clearing disk space...!!!!

Take a nice big electromagnet and put it up to your harddrive. That should fix it.

Ok, enough being mean....You're best bet is just to go through each and every folder and get rid of the files you don't need. It could take a while, but it's the best way to do it.

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The Recovery Disk D on my HP Pavillion is full.  I keep getting a prompt that my automatic backup cannot be performed because of this.  I have emptied my recycle bin. I did a disk cleanup.  I did the "delete all but latest recover point" thing.  Nothing worked.  My hard drive C is 30% full.  How do I free space on disk D?

Answer:Clearing Recover Disk D

The recovery partition is normally not used for this purpose...More info on your OS and how the drives are reported in Disk Management would help...

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