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Installing vista on a new hard drive using the recovery partition of an old (failed but still readable) drive?

Question: Installing vista on a new hard drive using the recovery partition of an old (failed but still readable) drive?

My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Installing vista on a new hard drive using the recovery partition of an old (failed but still readable) drive?

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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My Vist desktop had its hard rive fail, and the recovery discs were corrupted and didn't work.  the Hp website has a tab to order new ones but it only gives a link to what you need to know first that doesn't actually lead to any article and offers no option to actually order new ones.what is the best way to restore the operating system to the new hard drive?

Answer:Re-installing vista after hard drive failed

This will help: Refer:

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Hello all!
The hard drive in my laptop is failing, I can run diagnostics but not boot windows. When it hits a certain point on the drive the laptop cuts out and restarts.
General consensus is new hard drive. Problem is; is it possible to somehow save the vista image so I can reinstall Windows on the new drive without having to go and buy a new OS?
Ps, I don't have a recovery disk.

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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Is it possible to install windows on a new hard drive and computer by using the old computers recovery drive?

Answer:Installing windows from a HP recovery drive on a new hard drive?

You already asked this in your system build thread. I am not sure.

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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Need some help. I recently bought Acer Aspire 5560G. It comes with 500GB HDD with only one partition which is drive C. There are 2 hidden partitions as well. I would like to split my drive C in 2 partitions without effecting my Recovery partition. Is it possible??? if yes than what's the best way?? Help would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive Partition Without Effecting Recovery Partition

I think the easiest way to accomplish that is to shrink your C: partition. That will create unallocated space. And the unallocated space can be used to create a new partition.

Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


Answer:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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Hi there, Please help me.My desktp pc hard-drive failed in January 2017.Is there chance I may recover the data on the failed drive? Kindly advise what I can do.  Wilson

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Hello, I am installing a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD on the W520, and i've put the original 50GB HDD on a HDD bay replacing the DVD/CD. bay.I did a system recovery on the HDD, to put it on its original states. Then I used Acronis True Image HD to clone the HDD to the SSD. I have the main partition on the SSD along with the Lenovo_recovery partition. I then install the SSD on the HD slot, and start the PC. No problem till there. It starts, and the machine works fine.I then do a system recovery from the HDD, and the recovery process goes to the end, but when the system restarts, I have a crash and it asks me to introduce the windows recovery disk. But I cannot starts anything anymore.If I reinstall the 500GB HDD, it start no problem. Any idea? Thank you for your help! 

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System:pentium dual core T4500 @2.3 GH 3 GB ram drive that failed: 320 GB Toshiba from HP I purchased a new PNY 240 GB DRIVE that my first set of recoverry disks(used once before) stopped  at 26%"copy file fail: e:\preload\base16.wim to C: (can't read my own writing)." I opened my 2nd set of system recovery disk (still factory sealed) and got the exact same results. I searced the web, forums , everywhere I could for help. I read the a smaller hard drive may cause the recovery to fail. I took a 500GB WD Scorpio Blue hard drive I had reformatted when my Pavilion failed. Tried recovery again ...exact same results. I checked out the hard disk at cmd and I found X:\recovery still there but with the original date from 2009. I have tried diskpart,  format and killdisk to get the hhard drive ready to restore,  any ideas? 

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I decided to clean boot my XP desktop after it started playing up. Everything started fine, until my XP installation got itself into a continuous loop and wouldn?t progress. I then found myself in a position whereby the disk wouldn?t accept any OS (Win 2K, XP and even Vista Beta 1). To get around this and try to have a look, I loaded the hard drive into an external caddy and attached it to my laptop. The disk was recognised, so I tried to format it through XP and ran Check Disk ? no apparent problems, but things were really slow. I then used Partition Magic 8 to interrogate and try to salvage any data I had on a separate partition. The application reported a bad disk, wouldn?t create a partition, format a partition or do anything. I can apparently save individual files to the hard drive whilst in the caddy ? but it will still not accept any OS and goes back into the continuous loop that goes as far picking a disk ? please help ? is there any salvaging the hard drive? If someone suggests FDISK, I would need instructions as I am not a DOS freek?.. thanks

Answer:Failed Hard Drive - Trouble Installing XP

Who it the disk made by?

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can anyone advise please? The hard drive has failed, we have a new hard drive to put in, but need to get the recovery partition from the old drive installed and enabled so we can 'refresh' and get the system back on. Whether it will work without needing to put in a PID I don't know - the folks got the machine with Win 8.00 pre-installed so have no disk or PID - but I said I would give it a go.

Answer:how to get Win 8 Recovery partition onto new hard drive

How to Create a Windows 8 Installation DVD or USB Drive

If you have the same "bitness" on your PC, 64 or 32 bit, then that link may be useful. If there's another way to get a Windows 8.x iso file I don't know it. Perhaps someone else will chime in if so.

Edit: I'm not sure but the USB option may give you the choice of 32 or 64 bit.

Edit2: You may want to point out, if the people you are helping are capable of using it, that the way to avoid his in the future is to get an external drive and image the HD to a file on it. There are free softwares like Macrium Reflect.

For a list of free imaging programs see The Free Country

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I had to replace the hard drive on my laptop. I used the recovery disk to setup the new hard drive and reload windows/software ect. But now the recovery option does not work F11 during boot, or through windows going to start>hp>recovery manager What am I doing wrong? Thanks Bill

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I just cloned my hard drive to an SSD.

Nearly 14 GB of that SSD is partition RECOVERY - pretty sure this is a hold over from what HP installed.

I backup to an external USB hard drive.

Do I need the HP recovery partition?

Wondering if that's part of their bloatwear.

Answer:Do I need the HP Recovery Partition on my hard drive?

Recovery Partition is there to help you to restore your computer to factory settings i.e. completely reinstall Windows and HP's collection of third party applications on your machine. In other words the PC is after factory recovery as it was when first time booted, a "virgin" .

It includes some bloatware, yes, but HP today is not so bad as it was regarding bloatware. Today the HP's include mostly only a trial version of an antivirus application, MsOffice trial or ad-financed MsOffice Starter and HP's useless media apps, network assistant, update assistant and so on. These elements are easy to remove after first boot or factory recovery.

Your HP has / had a tool in Start Menu to burn a set of recovery DVD's (= copy recovery partition to DVD's), after which it is safe to delete this partition. Depending on the model, a normal HP Recovery DVD set needs 3 or 4 single layer DVD's.

I am a long term "HP Fan Boy" , always burning the recovery disks. It is of course up to you to decide; if you are sure you never need to restore your computer to its original state, you can freely remove the partition.


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Hello All, My hard drive has been failing checkdisc so IBM sent me a new HD. I want to make sure I understand everything I need to do before replacing the HD. Replacing the HD seems pretty straight forward, I need to disconnect battery first and I really don't have any more questions about that step. Where I am a little unsure (thet didn't send me any concrete instructions other than the typical recovery CD instructions) is about reinstalling XP. When reinstalling Windows XP from the recovery CDs do I have to go through all 7 CDs? Also, do I have to install all of the bulkware that is included or can I install the barebones XP operating system? Any links to info that would help make this easier? Thanks,Jack

Answer:Lenovo 3000 N200 Installing new hard drive and installing XP from recovery CDs

you have to use all your cd, but you can choose not to install certain bulkware, it will ask you during the installation step.... it is quite easy, the installation step will take you step by step. 

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Windows XP , Maxtor drive failing. Blue Screen with "Unmountable Boot Volume". Ran chkdsk /r from the recovery console, and recieved a message about the volume having one or more unrecoverable errors. Set the drive up as a slave to try to recover data, and windows tells me the drive is not formatted.

Anybody have any ideas on how to rescue the data?

Thank you in advance

Answer:Data recovery options from failed hard drive?

Any clicking, grinding, or other sounds? If so, stop plugging it in and get it to a clean room before you destroy it.
Sounds normal? Try running some recovery tools. R-Studio is one I've used, but it's not freeware (I used to work at a data recovery company for over a year)

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Hello Lenovo Forums,First time being here because I haven't had a problem with my Lenovo y510p up until now. Unfortunately though, all good things must to an end. I've confirmed through tests with my desktop's hdd diagnostic software that my Lenovo y510p's hard drive has finally kicked the bucket. Failed the read and the write tests entirely. I'm convinced that I need a new hdd. I know how to go about obtaining a new hdd, however how would I go about reinstalling the copy of Windows 8.1 that came with my y510p?Will I have to jump/cut through a bunch of red tape involved with Lenovo, or is the process painless?tl;dr > My hard drive is shot to hell and I do not have the product key for the copy of windows 8.1 that managed my y510p when it was running fine. How do I get a hold of the OS's key so I may purchase another hdd and install the same "technical" copy of windows?Thank you,Lance

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I have Dell XPS 2013 laptop purchased in June 2013 with Windows 7 professional OS install in it. Suddenly the laptop stopped working giving an error message with complete black screen:
error: no such partition.
grub rescue >
When I took it to the service center they told me the hard drive of the system might have failed leading to such error. I am still unsure is it due to hard disk failure? On the top of that I have many important working files stored in the system for which I could not able to take back up. Is there any way I can retrieve my files? If I need to purchase a new hard drive which specifications I need to order. Unfortunately the system had only 1-year warranty period. Thanks

Answer:Data recovery from failed XPS laptop hard drive

Recover all data from its drive before it's too late. Here's how you do it -

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Im fixing a pc with a hidden recovery partition and it seems the fault is the hard drive. I have made a recovery disc using the manufacturers software so if i replace the hard drive and install from the disc can i transfer the recovery partition using something like ghost?


Answer:Can i move recovery partition to a new hard drive?

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Purchased used computer nfrom thrift store don't know if recovery partition is ther for reset don't know password sign on was in a microsoft account.

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Hey guys. New to the forums. Looks like a sweet place. I just got a new 500gb external hard drive and so far I love it. However I have two questions regarding it.

The first one would be that the first time I tried to "safely remove the drive" from my laptop it kept on seeing that there was an application still accessing the drive. So I closed all visible application open and tried again. No dice. I tried opening the task manager and closing all the processes that I though could possibly have access to drive with no avail. I restarted the computer and removed the drive. I tried again and it worked fine, removing itself with no problems. No it seems that it only shows the problem at completely random times and I have no idea. Anybody else have the same problem.

Second question I have is simpler. Since I have backed up my whole drive on my new external is it still neccessary to have the Recovery Partition on my laptop hard drive? I feel like all it would do would be to take up space. Any suggestions ?

Thank You in advance

Answer:Hard Drive Recovery Partition Neccesary?

Safely Remove External Drive


From archive...

Usually at least one open handle to the drive prevents
the save removal.
Try to discover who has an open handle to your USB drive:

Get Sysinternals ProcessExplorer

Go to 'Find'->'Find Handle' and enter your drive letter like
U: and click 'Search'.

Then it lists all processes that hold open handles to your drive.

regarding backup, the recovery partition is typically used to restore the machine back to the day it was purchased by installing a fresh OS. It's nice to have in an emergency.

If I really needed the space, I'd use a hard drive imaging tool such as clonezilla to create an image file of my hard drive. Then save this image file on the external. Clonezilla does a great job of compressing images. Recently, in the office, we imaged a hd with 63gb of used space. The output image file was 23 gb.

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I have a compaq presario whose drive is failing (bad blocks in OS partition). I don't have recovery discs for it, and the recovery partition is intact, so I want to copy everything to another hard drive. But that hasn't worked out so far.

The original drive is 500gb. As an experiment, I tried to copy the entire disk to a 120gb with EASUS to grab any other important sectors (MBR), and the OS partition to a resized one on the 120gb drive. The windows boot partition may have also been resized, I had a hard time maintaining it's size.

But -- this did not work. When trying to boot to the recovery partition (F11), it appeared to work at first, but then gave error "device not available" - pretty unhelpful. In fact, I've had a number of problems with this compaq getting tools to run because most of them choke on this proprietary crap.

What am I supposed to do to move this thing? I'd order the disks, compaq's instructions and requirements for this are really confusing and I can't wait that long.

Answer:copying recovery partition to new hard drive???

What model number presario?
What OS / version ?

If it's not too old, it's easy to call HP to order recovery media - I have done it before for a customer.

If you have MSDN or Technet, and you have valid product key/COA sticker on the notebook, you may be able to get the same OS and just activate it using the product key on the laptop.

Imaging software should allow you the option to copy partitions only.
Also, you should be able to do a raw, byte-for-byte, copy but some programs this is not default.

In your situation, I would not bother trying to clone the entire drive ... just all the partitions you
know are good (are you 100% sure only the OS partition is corrupted?).

I'd lay down those cloned partitions on a new drive and recreate the OS partition manually and
attempt to recover to it.

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I run the system recovery with the build in recovery partition from Sony but the installation cannot be completed due to the hard disk failure. I want to replace with a new hard drive but also want to keep the original recovery partition because there is some useful software that is included. I have a external adapter to connect my hard drive through USB to my computer and have a software to recover the data in the recovery partition. Is anyone know what to do?

Answer:How to transfer OEM Recovery Partition to a new hard drive?

Welcome to SevenForums.

Did you make the Sony recovery DVDs? Yes/No

Also need you to help us to help you by carrying out the following:

Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec (left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) or SIW or System Info

In the System Manufacturer Block, enter:
? Manufacturer and Model OR Custom build.
? ADD the word laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet.
For example:
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the ?Other Info? block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.

With Speccy, you can select with your mouse/touchpad info from the display
and paste that info into your specs.

SIW is a marvelous program, but the free version does not offer
this capability.


I'll await the system specs.

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Laptop HP dv6627om
HDD Fujitsu
Unit is suffering from a failing hard drive. Windows would boot (until recently) but unit's HDD would begin to grind shortly after (10-15 minutes) and unit would display a garble and have to be shut off. Tested unit's hard drive (fujitsu SATA 160Gb), unit failed repeated tests, seatools and others including what's to be found in the BIOS.

I was able to clone the recovery partition but not the windows partition using DriveImage XML. When I put that partition on a new 2.5in SATA HDD F-11 would not load the recovery partition. I put it on an external drive and attempted to boot from it, and that didn't work either.

The only other solution I have tried was to use the recovery partition on the failed hard drive so that the data may have not been as corrupt. Then I could just clone the C: partition; however, that failed resulting in the same grinding sounds without the garbled screen.

I'm not really sure the correct way to do this... I have no vista disk.

Any help would be welcome, it's a bit time sensative so hopefully I can resolve this soon.

Answer:Recovery partition needs to be transfered to new hard drive

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My hard drive has failed and unrepairable but the recovery partition is still good
I have just bought a new hard drive and I'd like to transfer the recovery partition across
I have the use of another computer and a hard drive caddy
Can anyone help me with advice on doing this so that it will work when installed in the laptop
It's a Toshiba Satellite C660-116 with license for Win 7 Home premium OA

Answer:Can I transfer a recovery partition to a new hard drive

Yes.. and no. Your best bet is to buy the exact same drive brand and size, that works for me. Otherwise what happens is you have a partition that is a different size and most programs wont copy it over. You can partition a new drive to make a partition the correct size and make it bootable but, no disrespect meant, if you're asking these questions it might be more difficult that you want to tackle.

Acronis true image will work, but not free. There are 2 free versions for Western digital and Seagate:

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I have a HP PC with the OS recovery on a separate partition and the disk is now dead. No way of booting to the disk or reading from it. All kinds of errors that say the hard drive has failed. I tryed rocovery console to fix the boot and MBR. Still no luck. My ? is if I were to replace the drive and wanted to reinstall XP, could I use an  XP setup disk from a friend and use the activation key thats on the side of the tower and still be legal?Thanks, Tom

Answer:Recovery partition and hard drive failure

I believe so, it's really the key your paying for and not the disc.Preemptive comment, for next posters:No, each Disc does not only accept a certain key or certain sets of keys. ALL windows XP CDs are the SAME.

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I have just had to replace the hard disk in an aspire v3, I had created a usb recovery stick beforehand and used it to recover the system, my question is does this also restore the recovery partition back to the new hard drive or not

Answer:recovery partition after new hard drive & usb reco...

as far as i know, it will re-install everything as from factory, so with the recovery partition too. by the way, you can check it once re-installed, using windows disk manager:windows key logo + rtypediskmgmt.msc wait until your HDD will appear and check the partitions.

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Hi all

The hard drive in my laptop no longer works so I'm trying to install Windows 7 onto a replacement hard drive that came from another laptop.
When I try to select what partition to install Windows to, it says that the main partition 229GB is OEM reserved and that it cannot install Windows on it. The second partition is only about 250MB so that's no use.

What do I have to do to change the main partition so that Windows can be installed onto it?

I'd really appreciate any help with this. Thanks.

Answer:Installing Windows on hard drive OEM partition

What do I have to do to change the main partition so that Windows can be installed onto it?Click to expand...

Format it.
What other computer(s) are available? Can you install it or attach it to another computer by USB? If so, you can format the 229GB partition to ntfs.

If you don't have another computer, you can use a linux Gparted Live disk to format the partition

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When I originally installed my Master hard drive I prtitioned it 40% - 60% for drive C and D.  The OS is on C as are the program files.  Now I am getting messages stating that I have inadequate drive space for new programs on C,  while D still has 80% (of original 60% ) available.   So I would like to back up and erase the data on drive D and re-partition the master drive to 70% - 30%.   Can I do this without having to reformat drive C and re-install my OS and all of the Program Files?I am running Windows XP SP-3 On a  1.30 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP64 kilobyte primary memory cache512 kilobyte secondary memory cacheI have two 80 Gbyte hard drives Master drive partioned 40/60 (as mentioned previously)Slave partitioned 50/50Is there a program out there somewhere that would allow me to do this?Thanks for reading,   JIM

Answer:I would like to re-partition hard drive without re-formatting and installing OS

Easus Partition Manager can probably do this (here).Backup... backup... backup...Good luck.

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I've just ordered a new Dell PC with a 120G hard drive. My current (Dell) has a 13.6G hard drive.

My cousin tells me that he loves having two hard drives on his system, and he suggests that I remove the hard drive from my current PC and install it on my new one. Also, he says that a copy of Partition Magic is essential to setting up big hard drives into manageable partitions.

Is my cousin giving me good advice, or would what he's suggesting I do be more trouble than it's worth?


Answer:installing old hard drive on new PC/ Partition Magic

Partition Magic is good if you dont want to do a full reinstall. It will let you take a drive that only has one partition on it and split it up.

But if you are just reinstalling an OS you pretty much know what partitions you are going to need and you can do with the OS.

I really see no need for you too move your old HD into your new system. Unless you really need the space.

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Something happened last night with my second hard drive where I have plenty of music.When windows started they said something about corrupted files on the drive and scandisk started.Then it deleted some files as I saw and when I entered windows whenever I try to open the drive it says that the disk is unreadable or the files might be corrupted.

Can I do something to save my 300GB of music?

Answer:Hard Drive not Readable

Sounds like a virus. Scan your system, let us know if you try that. Come back here later, there are a lot of smart people here, who know much more than I do.

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If this topic is not in the right section, sorry. I couldn't find a section that I thought would fit this more then this section. I have had my computer for 2 years. In the last 2-3 months it has been acting strangely. It randomly gets very slow. Sometimes it is because svchost.exe PID 1560 is using up 99% of the computer. Then sometimes it just goes slow, for no reason it seems.

I have tried many anti-virus software but it I never find any virus'. I have tried several types of spybot's, and only find cookies. Then upon reading about several people with slow computers and they had a cluttered up computer, I first tried a check disk. I got a crud load of errors. Then I did a system Defrag but my system did not need it. But it seems like the errors come back every time i restart my computer. So in order to get the errors gone for good, I tried Uniblue Registry Mechanic. It found over 700 errors and i got them fixed. In order to fix them my computer had to restart. My computer shut down fine but didn't start up again. I could get into bios but nothing else it seems like

I tried to reinstal windows but when i put my windows cd in, It could not find a hard drive to reformat. I then got the idea to take a look at my hard drive. It looks fine but is soo hot it burns. I then got the idea that I should let it cool down. But that did not work. Then i tried to unplug the wires from my hard drive and plug them back in. That worked. Now it... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive not readable sometimes

if you suspect your HDD, then download a disc diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your HDD. Run it from its bootable form (burn it to a cd or something) and it will tell you if your HDD is about to fail or if its ok.

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I have a lenovo desktop H415 with windows 7 home premium on it, the drive in the machine failed, I had made the 3 recovery discs, so I used an empty 1tb sata drive put disc 1 of recovery in, one key recovery pops up saying "select and disc to install os" I see the disc 1tb hard disc, but i can't "choose" it it's already selected it appears but no matter what i do tab, arrows, enter, it doesn't highlight or choose the disc, i hit next and it says "the available space is not enough". I hit ok it asks me to reboot or shut down, I am kinda stuck here, I tried a different drive too a 500gb blanked out western digital same process windows loads one key recovery starts can't "choose" the drive but i see it, hit enter tells me available space is not enough. I know these recovery discs work, I had to reformat once before with the original drive it became corrupted, no scratches or anything, just once that disc completely failed and i replaced it here i can't get the recovery discs to work. Anyone got an idea?

Answer:LenovoH415 hard drive failed, one key recovery discs saying the available space is not enough

Been messing with this all afternoon decided to grab an iso of win 7 home premium and just reinstall that way, kinda a bummer i made these discs thinking if i needed a new drive they would help load the system and drivers needed etc but guess I gotta do it the old fashioned way cuz I sure couldn't get past step one of the onekey stuff ;(

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Hard drive failed and unit would not boot. Work I.T department informed me that the hard drive was U/S. new fitted and recovery discs purchased form HP. Recovery fails right at end.  see following screen shots:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
P2PP BurnBoot Check Failed
Possible Causes:
1. Yellow-Bang occured at Device Manager
2. Some silent-install failure of applications
3. Found failed at PININST_BBV
4. Found failed at PININST_BBV2
5. Found Memory Dump file
1. Checking REGDEV_BB.LOG for drivers
2. Checking BBApps.log for applications
3. Checking MEMDUMP_BBV.log for memory dump file
Note[for ODM]:
If you know which component failed in preinstall process
after checking above files, please OTS it to the component owner.
Otherwise, suggest to contact TWN PDC NB-PreinPM or create PIN-Log and OTS it with OTS Category Image

Description : Unknown Device
PNPDeviceID : USB\VID_00... Read more

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Ok, my wife's hard drive is toast. Can't read at all. I even removed it, put it in an external enclosure with USB connection and tried to read it on my computer, nada. Tried Spinrite on it. Nada. So, it's gone, and I can't recover anything.

I'm buying a new HD. The OEM version of Windows 7 was pre-installed by HP on the laptop. So I have no disks. I do have the 3 Recovery Disks my wife created when we bought the machine. But when I was trying to revive the harddrive one of the recovery screens said Windows 7 had to be already installed on the hard drive for that to work.

So, is there anyway for me to get Windows 7 on the new HD short of buying a new copy? The laptop does have a sticker on it with a product key.


Answer:Hard Drive has failed! Install Windows 7 on new HD from Recovery disk

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs: Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC*-* HP Support document - HP Business Support Center

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Hi,              Will formatting the hard drive using an xp cd remove the recovery partition too??

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I have a disk with 2 partictions. Recently my system would not recognise either one of them. However I have got lucky and XP home is able to read from one of these 2 partitioned drives. However when copying some files from this drive I get message - Data error :Cyclic redundancy check. But this is only sometimes and I have been able to copy most of my data off this drive.

My big problem is that the second partition is unaccesible. Xp recognises this drive as as drive G: but it is unable to read it.

Just for info when booting I get a Master File Table error.

Can anyone recomend any software tools to recover my data. Would really really be a huge help.


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Hi Guys,

I bought a sony vaio laptop VPCYB15AG in 2011(only 1 year warranty). Few days ago everytime when i switch on or restart my machine a message will pop up saying "smart hard disk failure, please consider to backup your files", press ESC to continue". Then it will load to desktop as normal.

I have called sony service center in my area to change the new hard disk, but the price are too expensive.
I want to know if i can just buy the new internal hard disk brand Hitachi or others from computer hardware shops to replace the broken hard disk? if yes, do i need to get the same hard disk brand? (hitachi)? Can you guys give some brands/model that suit my laptop model?

I also want to know can i keep/transfer the OEM Win 7 starter,pre installed softwares and recovery partition into the new hard disk?
I just want to change the new hard disk but keep everything else that comes with OEM from sony including the recovery partition.
I have created the recovery disks.

Please help me guys, and pardon me for my bad english.

Answer:How do i transfer OEM Sony Recovery Partition into new hard drive?

1. Yes you can install any 2.5" HDD - any make and any size.

2. Best is to make an image of all partitions of your current HDD to an external disk. Then you can restore these partitions to the new HDD. You can try Windows 7 imaging but I would recommend free Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium

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I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question. If it is not, please feel free to move it.

My Dell 1525 Inspiron with Vista Home Premium has a bad hard drive and I am getting a new one. I want the new drive to be like the old drive was as it was shipped by the factory.

On the old hard drive there are at least 4 partitions - Recovery (D - FAT32, has the factory image on it), OS (C - NTFS) and MediaDirect. There also is a hidden FAT16 partition with the diagnostic utilities on it and I have the CD that supposedly allows me to recreate that hidden partition on my new hard drive when I get it. But I can't find information about how to recreate the recovery partition.

The MediaDirect partition I can live without. It is apparently in what is called a Host Protected Area and what it allows you to do is to pop in a DVD and watch it on your computer without having to boot Vista. It is a nice feature, but never used on this computer. And I may be able to recreate it from the CDs that came with the computer, but even if I can't, I can live without it.

However, what I cannot figure out how to do is how to recreate the Recovery partition on the new hard drive from the recovery CD. I don't think I can. I can see the recovery partition on the old hard drive and I can boot into DOS from the Recovery CD and access the recovery partition (D). I can use the DOS command robocopy to copy the contents of D: to an external hard drive, then the plan would be to copy it back to t... Read more

Answer:Recreating the Dell Recovery Partition on New Hard Drive

There is no need to recreate, exactly, what you had. You can download this free software
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Make a copy of your HD. Then keep it either on an external HD or on the HD that has the OS (this is not the best way). If you ever have a problem, you can just use the image that you saved.
I said this is not exactly what you had, because it is better. As you add programs etc and make changes, you can update your image. With the recovery partition, you would go back to day one. You have to install and the upadates, files and folders etc. This way everything is right there.

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Alright this is something that has been bugging me a lot recently. Since I've gotten my hands on my Asus windows 8 laptop last Christmas, I've always wanted to install Windows 7 on it. Found out about Virtualbox the other day and installed it with windows 7. Everything worked out and my fear of messing up my new laptop was gone. However my laptop is loaded with some pre-configured apps that are specifically designed for my Asus laptop. I didn't want to lose some files and those apps so I wanted to create a partition from my main hard-drive (Disk 0) and install windows 7 on there. I wish to use dual boot and switch to either OEM with ease. When I try to install windows I get the error "This isn't a GPT drive, which could cause the installation to fail. Would you like to continue?" Around those lines. Well after a few hours of fooling around I decided to give up and continue with the installation. When my laptop loads now, there's two options windows setup and windows 8.1. Windows setup doesn't go through and gives me an error.

Two questions now, how do I install two operating systems on one hard-drive by using partitions possibly?


How do I get rid of that windows setup boot up screen now? It's getting annoying :/.

I'll appreciate any sort of feedback/advice.

Thank for reading guys!

Answer:Creating a partition from one hard-drive and installing Windows 7?

Go to the Boot button in msconfig and see whether you can get rid of the boot entry there. Else you can use EasyBCD to get rid of it.

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I have a hard drive that I have connected to my old PB PC as a slave to see if I can rescue any thing from it. Basically, this HD is from another PB that has stopped working. So I connected it to my old PC to take everything Off. However, when I opened it all that showed up was the following files, and nothing else...bcd_backupbcd_backup.LOGbcd_backup.LOG1bcd_backup.LOG2I think it could be because the partition is either destroyed or damaged. I know for a fact that there are loads of files on this HD but they don't show up. I think maybe the only way is a file recovery program, which I have. But I want to know if there is another way, perhaps the Partition can be repaired or rebuilt so that the files, which I know for a fact are on the HD, could be retrieved.Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive not readable but working?

What OS are you using?? Is there an OS on the old hard drive?The Boot Configuration Data file might be corrupted.

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Hello I am a brand new user and this is my first thread. I have recovery disks that contain the windos xp 2005 OS. I have a blank hard drive. How do install the disks on to the hard drive. I have searched through the PheonixBIOS function. I am average with computers but really don't know that much. Can some one please help me. Thank you.

Answer:Installing Recovery On Hard Drive

You would not install the discs onto the hard drive. You should have a recovery disc that is bootable. Go into the Bios to Boot order. And change the Boot order to CD rom drive first. Put the Bootable recovery disc into the CD drive and restart the computer. If this is a bootable disc, you will get the message Press Any Key to Boot from CD. Then follow the prompts to create a partition, format it and install Windows.

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Hi All,

Recently my older Acer Aspire 5570-2792 notebook hard drive failed on me. It's about 3 1/2 yrs old. Was running Vista Home.
I of course like an ***** never burned the recovery media from the hard drive. And it's just my luck that Acer no longer has the recovery media available. They told me there was nothing they could do for me and directed me to Microsoft.

My question is this: I have Windows Vista home running on my Desktop. If I smack in a new hard drive in the notebook, can I use the recovery media from the Desktop to reinstall the OS on the notebook? If not, do I have any other options? I guess I could always run Ubuntu.

I know this is an older notebook, not necessarily worth a lot but I'd like to keep this running for my wife. She uses it primarily for web surfing and she's hogging my laptop like crazy every since her's died.

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Acer Aspire hard drive failed... recovery media no longer available?

You can't legally used your Desktop's recovery media on your laptop (also because usually manufacturer's build such medium for a particular piece of hardware, with all drivers etc. pre-installed).

I think you can either choose to run Ubuntu or you can get one of those cheap OEM windows media from e.g. newegg. However, one draw back of this is, I believe you can't get any help from Microsoft directly, if you ever need it.

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Carb,I just downloaded and started using Fedora Live on my R61i, and I'm loving it, but I guess I can't re-size the NTFS partition when I boot from the Fedora CD and use Gparted to create a linux partition. So, can make recovery disks, back up all my stuff to USB, and then use some other means (third party software?) to create a dual boot machine?TIA,-Elvis

Answer:Re: Move operating system recovery partition to new hard drive

My R52 laptop is working well but need to upgrade to a bigger hard drive Is there any way to transfer that hidden partition to the new drive & reinstall Windows XP onto the new drive.

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I'm going to be replacing a 500 GB hard drive with a 1 TB hard drive in a ThinkPad laptop. I created an image of the 500 GB drive using Macrium. It contains C:/, D:/ and a recovery partition. I will be extending the size of the C:/ and D:/ partitions and have read that the size of the recovery partition should not be changed or it will become inoperable. Just checking here to make sure that information is correct. Thanks.

Answer:Recovery partition size when replacing a hard drive using an image

Scuttlebutt has told me that one can restore a partition onto an equal-size or greater-size partition; one can restore an entire hard-drive X-size onto a target hard-drive x-size or larger. Quick example: I have restored an OS image from a 465GB partition onto or into a 467GB partition. I found it best to "parallel" the target HD to match the source HD -- quick example: OS/465GB-C, Data/467GB-D source was successfully restored onto OS/467.8GB-C and data/467.7GB-D. Just before restoring, I split the whole 931GB/1 giant C into 467 C and 467 D. What brought all of that on -- I was in a hurry, and totally toasted my hard-drive logically [not hardware-wise]; I fixed it all with the abovementioned steps.

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Hi, I've been having a lot of problems with corrupt system files on my Windows Home Premium x64 system, so I decided to restore my system to a state it was in a month ago. I better explain how I got here, boring as it is, otherwise you may wonder why I'm tackling this problem the way I am.

I had used some software bundled with an external hard drive (Nero Backitup 4 essentials) to backup the entire hard drive, but when it came to using it I found I couldn't. The boot disk nero produces refused to work, it claimed not to be able to find the installer software even though it can be found if booted up on an XP (probably something to do with x64 incompatibility?). So I downloaded Nero 10 trial version and made a boot disk expecting a current incarnation to work fine. This time the boot disk found the restore software, but the linux software still refused to work. So I decided on a hard drive to hard drive copy, Backitup 4 would not select drive D so I had to use Nero 10, but because I'd already downloaded nero onto the drive I wanted to fix, I had to try and clone on another drive. I used the same type of hard drive and it seemed to work fine, but there were boot problems which I had to fix using the win 7 installation disk and the repair computer option. This seemed to work fine, but then I noticed that the hidden recover partition (D) WIN_RE was no longer hidden, it can be seen but has its capacity bar is in red for some reason instead of green. So I decided to test the recov... Read more

Answer:Restored my hard drive but the Recovery Partition Doesn't Work

Try using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks you made.

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My wife's U510 hard drive has recently failed.  I have a smaller 120GB SSD that I'd like to swap into this machine.  Unfortunately, when I try to do this and use the Win 8 recovery USB that I created earlier, it fails.  The system reset fails, saying that the recovery partion cannot be found.  Is there a recovery disk that can be used or something else that I am missing? 


Go to Solution.

Answer:Windows 8 - Recovery partition not recognized after hard drive swapping

nebhead, Welcome to Lenovo Forums! Thank you for taking the time to post your inquiry. I can see that the original hdd of the U510 has already crashed. The 120GB SSD would be perfect. The reason why the Windows 8 recovery usb did not work is because there is no recovery partition on the 120GB SSD. The Windows 8 recovery usb should be also bootable.  Solution : You can get in touch with Lenovo's Premium Services Premium Support. You can get a copy of the OEM windows 8 OS and all of its components, once you get the recoverable media you can install it on the 120GB SSD and to your surprise its like having a new U510. Their direct line is 1-855-271-3878 option 2.  Note : Since the Lenovo U510's hdd crashed, you really need to purchase the recovry media from Lenovo. I hope that this solution will work for you.

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Is it possible to only transfer a D: partition, which has the recovery image on it to a new hard drive and run the partition to get a fresh image? I have an Emachine T6528 with a 160GB EIDE HDD and want to transfer to a PATA 320 GB drive. I want to transfer only the D: partition but no data or O/S from the C: because it has become corrupted and I want a fresh image of the O/S, drivers, etc. I have backed up the data I need and will do a recovery disc, but don't want to clone the mess that it has become. Can't even run chkdsk at boot up. What is the best way to do this without having to purchase any clone software. Will this work on a new hard drive? Thanks for any help.

Answer:Transfer only D (recovery partition) to new hard drive on Windows XP sp3 Emachine

What I would do is clone the entire old hard drive, including the MBR to the new one. Put the new drive in the computer and try the recovery process. It usually overwrites everything on the boot partition anyway. Drive Image XML has a free version of cloning software.

The reason is, most manufacturers use a modified boot code to tell the PC how to boot to the recovery partition and where to install Windows. I can't speak specifically for the emachine, but the above is probably the easiest way. I've only done what you're trying to do on Dells.

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So I can have the extra space. How can I do this?

Answer:New computer, old HP hard drive as slave. Want to delete recovery partition.

You can use Disk Management to delete the partition and then create a new partition to use:

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Hi,I have the Z570 (1024) and have upgraded my harddrive to a new SSD hyrid - My OKR is on 3 DVD's and I want to restore the software onto the new hard drive and restore factory settings however I keep getting an error about the partition layout not being the same. What is the hard drive partition layout for the Z570 and how to get it so that the recovery disks will take and ultimately restore the laptop back to factory settings on my new hard drive ?Cheers

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I understand the need for system restore to be enabled on the C: drive. But should it be enabled on the d: drive/recovery partition?
Thank you

Answer:Should system restore be enabled on the recovery partition of the hard drive?

I have System Restore disabled on my recovery partition. I can't think of any reason why the recovery partition would have to be restored. The recovery partition is small and system recovery takes up valuable space.

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Hi Guys,
My sister has just brought a Dell laptop, (not sure which model), which came pre-installed with windows vista.
The hard drive has been partitioned into drives "C" & "D" - drive "D" contains the system recovery data and is called "recovery disk".

I need to change the drive letter of "D" to something else as they have some software that only runs from CD and will only run if the cd is named drive "D", so I would like to rename the "D" drive to "L" and then rename the cd drive to "D".

I know how to change the drive letters but I'm concerned that in renaming drive "D" the recovery programs won't be able to work if she ever needs to recover the system.

Does anyone have any ideas about this please?

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I Have a HP Presario CQ60 212EM Laptop running Vista Home Basic in a 25gb partition C on a 150gb hard drive. There is also a HP Recovery drive D that is 10gb. I have 115gb of unallocated space.

I have set up my C drive exactly as I want it and it is running perfectly complete with the latest versions of my programs and updates.

Now seems like the perfect opportunity to make a sector by sector copy of it which leads me to my question:

If I create another partition slightly bigger than C: Is it possible to copy all the contents of C: over to the new partition and then over-write C: drive (the system drive) with this backup copy, if and when necessary, from the partition I've created? Do I have to have an external hard drive to do this?

My initial experiments have ended in failure because the software I have used can't write the complete backup copy back to a drive containing the OS ... I suppose because C: is in use when I'm attempting this.

What do I need to do, make or acquire to make it work if it's possible?

If it won't work can I do it from DVD or USB stick?

Answer:Solved: Creating a Recovery Partition On The Same Drive As Vista

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I am trying to fix a computer....It is a HP Pavilion a305w. It did not come with a reinstall disc, instead all the data is on a hidden hard drive partition. This thing needs dumped and a clean install done in a bad way. My questions are: If i reformat the hard drive will it wipe out that hidden partition? If so how can I avoid this. and, If it dosen't How do I access that partition to reinstall windows? The computer is out of warranty so HP Tech support is no help without paying them. Thanks to any and all that can help.

Answer:Installing Windows XP Home from a hidden hard drive partition

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Greetings all,

First of all I would like to apologize should I be posting in the incorrect section(if so please some mod move this thread to the appropriate section)

So a few days ago my 750GB Hard drive in my Lenovo Y580 laptop failed (due to my setting it on sleep for a long time and taking the laptop with me outside for a prolonged amount of time)

When I got back home, I tried to turn on the laptop and I got 3 or 4 clicks("Click of death" I believe) so I bought a new 1TB Harddrive and used Lenovo recovery disks to get the laptop back to working order

Moving on, I bought a SATA to USB enclosure so that I might try to recover some files from my failed Harddrive, now the thing is, when I connect it, it doesn't give the click sounds anymore and it seems to read, however, here's the weird part, it only shows me the Lenovo recovery part of the drive

Here's how it looks like in my computer and disk management:

So my question is, what does the "OEM Partition" mean on my failed HDD(Disk 2)? and do you think it's possible to recover any data or does this mean all is lost? and if there is a chance of recovery how can I open up the part of the drive where the data was(which apparently in this case is the OEM paritition)

Right clicking on the OEM part only gives me the "Help" option

Best Regards,

Answer:Recovering files from a readable Hard drive.

Hi Raficoo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Without asking any questions - there are many I would like to ask - let me directly get into action.

Please download, install and run MiniTools Partition Wizard Free Edition 9. MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

Does the File System of the 654.69GB partition of your "old failed hard drive" show as NTFS in the disk list?

If yes, rightclick on it > Explore. Do you see the files? Close Partition Explorer.

Rightclick on it again > Unhide Partition. In the next screen assign a drive letter > OK

Two operations will be pending.

Click on APPLY in the top menu bar. When changes are completed > OK and then close Partition Wizard.

Can you see and read the drive now?

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kind off messed up my d drive (of the lenovo r61 laptop)…i was trying to install another linux distro(already have dual booted vista with fedora) and made a mistake…now my d drive had become an NTFS:Linux native 0X83 partition insteadof just ntfs…so i doesnt show up on windows(doesn't give any error on startup) but shows up in fedora

10.can u please help me out so that i can see it in windows without loosing the data

I have uploaded some screen shots which should help in making the problem more clear

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Have created a recovery partition on my data external hard drive. Now all the pc sees is a recovery disc and not the data. Is it possible to delete the recovery partition and access the data, or failing that how can I access this data. I have windows 8 op system.

Answer:windows8 created recovery partition on external hard drive in error

You can turn off the Drive for recovery, this will then not take up no space on the drive other than the Recovery folder. this should not be deleted. Recovery only needs to be left on for the drive with the OS on it, Normally C:\

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I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 that has a failing hard drive. I have already bought a new 1TB drive that is ready to be installed.
There is two problems though:

How do I re-install the OS and factory image of the OS after installing the new hard drive? The computer did not come with the recovery disk, everything is in the service partition that has One Key Recovery. 
How do I get the One Key Recovery partition installed into the new hard drive? This way, the novo button on the IdeaPad still works after installing the new hard drive. 

The computer is still accessible since the drive has not died fully yet, but wouldI decided to get the drive replaced, since it had Seagate drive installed, and Seagate drives are known to failure. 
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

Answer:Z575 - New Hard Drive and Recovery Partition / Re-install Factory Image

What OKR version do you have? Option1: You can make your own installer using the OneKey Engineering software. This requires that the original partitions are still intact. Option 2: For the OS you can download the media creation tool for that OS which you will use to download the installation copy. If it is Win 8.1 then download media creation tool for Win 8.1 and select Win 8.1 64 bit only, not the pro version. The product key is embedded in the bios and will be detected during installation. You need to backup the driver folder which you will use after the installation of the OS. After this you can download a free copy of Aomei OneKey Recovery to replace the Lenovo OneKey Recovery program. A hidden partition will be created just like the original to place a backup copy of the installed OS.

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Has anyone been able to transfer the OneKey recovery partition to a new hard drive on the IdeaPad Y430/530/730? Reason I ask is because I want to transfer the OneKey in the latest Y series IdeaPads to a Y410. I have placed a hard drive for a Y430 in a Y410 and it boots into it just fine with the NOVO button. I was hoping I could transfer it over and recreate a Windows image for the Y410. However, I have noticed that OKR 6.0 will not run in a Y410 [at least when I installed it on mine]. It may work on a fresh install of XP [hopefully]. Any help is greatly appreciated.

\\ I do not respond to PM regarding individual tech support. Keep discussions in the forum for the benefit of others //

Answer:Transfer OneKey Recovery Partition To New Hard Drive on IdeaPad Y430/530/730?

I suppose you'll not be able to transfer recovery partition image from one HDD to another.OKR 6 runs flawlessly on XP on every Lenovo Ideapad or Len3000 new series - I checked on Y510/Y710/s9/G410.

//help will save the world

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I'm having horrible problems getting a working windows machine running. I had about 180gb of extremely important files on a seperate partion of a 298gb atapi hard drive, and I tried reinstalling windows on a smaller partition of the same drive. at the partition selection screen, the only option it gave me was to repartition the (already ntfs) partition as ntfs, so I did that, and it rebooted and when it (almost) came back up, I found out that it had wiped out every partition on the entire drive, so that it was just 298gb of unallocated space.
The only free partition revocery software I could find and use other than testdisk for linux is a program that has to be run from windows,
I tried using testdisk on the PartedMagic CD I use to recover the lost partition, and it saw everything but my important 180gb partition, so it was useless to me. Since then, I've tried installing windows on at least a handful of physical hard drives, and on every one of them, the windows xp installation starts fine, and gets up to the first time where it's supposed to reboot, and when it does reboot, it says:

Disk error
press any key to restart

I know it's not a problem with a single hard drive or (probably not) a hard drive controller, since as I said before, I've used a handful of physical hard drives, all with the same effect. Also, I can install a working installation of Ubuntu Linux 7.04 on them, and it boots from the hard drive just fine, which seems odd to me.
Any... Read more

Answer:urgent hard drive/windows installation/partition recovery problem

have you disconnected the other h/d whilst you install
the inicial load goes into ram and it hands over to the hard drive on the first reboot
check the jumpers are correct on the drive,with it the only one in set it as master
clear it first with dban
then do the format and install

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Can I Image my recovery partition and copy it to a new hard drive, and run it somehow? If so how, and what program should I use? I was thinking Macrium Reflect Free. Thanks for your help.

Answer:Failing hard drive- Can I Image my recovery partition and make it bootable?

Any program that clones a given hard drive...leaves an exact image of the drive on the second drive.  Whatever partitions/files the cloned drive contains...the new drive will also have.
If the drive is failing...a successful cloned image/copy may not be possible. 

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i try to backup my laptop data using system image recovery.. In the process, the system told me that 'the backup could take up to 16 GB of disc space.' So, i just create another partition (17 GB) on my external hard disc as a backup location. The process went smoothly. But unfortunately, all my external hard disc partition has been deleted and there is only one partition (RECOVERY 31.9GB ) that include recovery data is created.. Is it any way that i can apply to get back my deleted partition?

Answer:System image recovery has deleted my external hard drive partition

Hi Fuadansari

Can you please tell us the manufacturer and the model of the hard drive that was overwritten.

I've done that process so I think that I understand what happened. Is it an Acer laptop?

The most important thing at this point is that you DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING TO THE AFFECTED DRIVE. That means do not format it or do anything that may alter the data that is currently on it.


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Hello everyone,
I hope this is in the right section...if not then I apologise.

What happened was, about a month ago, I installed Windows Vista on my main hard drive (stupid me, I know). I had no problems with it, but a few days ago, I got a message that there may be an error with my hard drive, and to back up my files. It was late so I shut down for the night and was going to do a backup the next day. So the next morning I go to turn my computer on, and it crashes before Vista loads. I tried booting in safe mode...didn't work.

I tried using the Windows XP boot CD that came with the computer but as I tried to boot from the CD, it stopped at "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration..."

Then I tried creating my own boot CD hoping that would be different...but it got stuck at the same message.

So then I attempted to boot from my 512MB flash drive...I followed the Windows In Your Pocket tutorial, and everything worked fine until the system got stuck on "Searching for Boot Record from USB RMD-FDD".

All I need to do is be able to access the hard drive to get some files off of it. I can always buy a new hard drive...

What I haven't tried yet is:
Installing my hard drive onto another computer and seeing if I can get into my files from there.
And my computer also came with an restore DVD, but that would be a last resort for me as it erases all data and partitions on the hard drive.

So I guess what I'm asking is if the... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Failed While Running Vista

If you have another computer available I would slave the drive there and see if you can retreive your files, or you could Download your Disk manufacturers Diagnostic Utility and boot from it and check your drive for problems

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I'm trying to clean install windows XP onto my laptop because I got an OS not found error and my vista recovery disks don't work. Well I got to the step where if you are using an upgrade disk of windows XP on a clean install it asks you to insert either a full version of windows XP or any previous version of a windows OS. I had to borrow a friend's windows 95 disk to complete that and then after that I got to the format/partition step but it didn't show any HDDs which is odd because you can't even start the installation if the HDD isn't detected. So I restart and I get the error showing there is no HDD thus I couldn't continue with the install. Like I said it's a laptop not a desktop so a floppy is out of the question. I'm currently formatting it to see if that will effect anything. I'm clueless right now. If I could get past the partition step I should be good >_> I hope...

Answer:[SOLVED] Clean installing windows XP, says there's no hard drive on partition step.

Go into the Bios and make sure the HDD is detected. If so, then boot up off a regular XP CD or Restore disc for this computer not an Update disc. If it still reports there is no HDD then the HDD may have failed and need to be replaced.

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I tried to partition my 120GB Vista hard drive using the following:

"Resize Partitions with Vista Disk Management
Posted 6/28/2006 by Steve Sinchak - Total Views: 22,896 - Views Today: 25
In Windows Vista it is now possible to resize partitions without any data loss in the new Disk Management console.

Resizing Partitions with Windows Vista:

Click on the Start Button and right click on Computer and select Manage.
Expand the Storage section and select Disk Management.
Then just right click on any partition and select either Expand or Shrink to change the size of the partition.
This will allow you to safely resize your partitions without any data loss."

I had a 99GB C partition and a 10GB D Recovery partition as well as a 2GB Blank partition. I tried to partition the 99GB C partition. Using the above instructions I was left with a 63.1GB C partition, 10Gb D Recovery partition, a 2 Gb blank partition and a 37GB unallocated partition.

When I tried to allocatate the 37GB using the New Simple Volume Wizard an error window popped up saying
"There is not enough space on the disk to complete this operation" so now I have 37GB of space unallocated.

I can boot the PC and use the programs with no problems. Would like to allocate the 37GB as another partition.

Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Phil B.

Dell E1705 Inspiron
2Gb Ram
120GB HD
Vista OS

Answer:Partition Vista Hard Drive

"Understanding the error message ?There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation? when you create a volume
Shrinking volumes is a cool feature of Windows Vista, but we?re starting to see an interesting side effect?the inability to create a new partition in the newly created unallocated space. Customers who face this problem almost always have a new computer that shipped from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) with 4 primary partitions on the disk. As you may know, hard disks configured as basic disks are limited to 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition and multiple logical drives. Customers who try to shrink their operating system partition find that they can?t create a 5th partition due to this limit. Unfortunately the error message is not helpful and we are working to correct this in SP1.

Deleting the partitions created by the OEM is often not possible due to the way the OEMs configure the partitions. Therefore, our advice to customers is to extend the operating system partition back to the original size to regain use of the unallocated space. If additional storage is needed, consider adding an external USB hard disk. "

This was the answer to my problem. Resized the C partition back to what it was and all is well

Phil B.


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I have installed a new samsung 1Tb hard drive and I am trying to partition the drive with Vista. I am getting a lot of "access denied" errors however by shrinking the C: volume in stages I have manage to create the D: volume and extend it into the unallocated space.

I now have the c: volume at about 573Gb amd the D: volume anout 347Gb. when I try to shrink the C: volume further Vista is only offerring to shrink it about 82,000 Mb (8Gb) and even if I select the full amount I get "access denied".

I would like to get the C: volume for the operating system and programmes down to about 100Gb and the rest on the D: volume for storage. I have just installed Vista and there is nothing else on the hard disk other than my AV so I would like to do this now.

Any advice on how to do this would be appreciated.


Answer:Hard Drive Partition in Vista

Heres a Freeby PM but its only works on a 32 bit Vista... this should do the trick.

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I have a windows 8 laptop that won't boot from either the Hard Drive or Optical Drive. I have taken the Hard drive out and connected it to my desktop that runs Windows 7. I have tried with an USB external adapter and connected directly to the motherboard with SATA and power cables. Neither way has produced a readable drive that I can see any files on.

I have tried to search this problem and cannot find any useable information on either Google or Bing. I need to know if there is an issue with reading Windows 8 formated hard drives in a windows 7 enviroment or is there something wrong with this hard drive?

Thank you

Answer:Is a Laptop hard drive readable from a Windows 7 desktop?

Hello theeye, and welcome to Eight Forums

Sounds like there's something wrong with the HDD. Possibly a dead hard drive.

When it's connected to your Windows 7 PC, open Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to see if it's listed, and post a screenshot showing it in Disk Management if it is.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

What brand is the hard drive? You might also download a drive testing program from the manufacturer's site to test the drive with to see if it fails. If it fails, then it's a dead or dying a driving.

Hope this helps for now,

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 I installed a new hard drive after my old hard drive failed.  When I insert my boot disk, the "Windows is loading files" screen comes up, followed by the "Starting Windows" screen.  Then the Lenovo Thinkvantage product recovery screen comes up.  screen comes up.  When I get to the screen that prompts me to "insert the Product Recovery Disc 1 into drive D:" I click "yes."I then get a prompt that says, "The DVD you are using is not the correct DVD. Insert the correct one."  This is the only boot disc I have.  I reinstalled from this disc several months ago with no problem. Does the problem lie with the fact that I now have a new hard drive?  Do I need to call Lenovo for a new backup disc? Thanks for any help you can provide. Thinkpad Edge 14Intel i3Windows 7 64 bit

Answer:Recovery disk not restoring after installing new hard drive

Kindly start the system with disc 1 then it should load Operating System.If the issue continues then notebook BIOS has to be updated after that recovery disc can be used again. You need to contact the support center to know the detail for obtaining the new set of recovery disc.

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Hard drive crashed. Bought a new seagate 500g and installed. Ordered recovery discs for win 7 from lenovo. Four discs received - 1) startup recovery 2) operating system 3) drivers and applications 4) additional recovery disc. I power up the pc with disc 1 in. Message at the bottom of the screen that files are loading along with the white progress bar. Looking good to this point. When the progress bar is full it just stops and does nothing else. Does not prompt me to do anything else. If I wait 3 or 4 minutes the starting windows message appears. It just hangs there. If I wait another 3 or 4 minutes the entire process starts all over. If left alone it would go through that cycle all day. I am never prompted to do anything else. I have tried inserting disc 2 at all points along the way when disc 1 stops. I have tried booting up with disc 2 in. I get a message of operating system not found (of course because disc 2 is the os and it hasn't installed yet). I cannot get beyond disc 1 loading files. Need some support before I do something crazy like go to the geek squad.

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I was boot device found. Totally unable to get to hard drive. As a possible solution, have ordered new sata drive. Is is possible to partition and then install Vista from recovery disk or must I go and buy new Vista disks to install from? Help for both partitioning new disk drive and installing Vista please. This is for a Dell 531 Inspiron.

Answer:Installing Vista on new drive with recovery Disk

If the Dell already has a Sata drive, then the recovery disk should work fine (assuming the recovery disk belongs to that computer).

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i need the folders in d:\sources\recovery, like recenv.exe and others. cause i accidentally played around and delete some folders of the partitition, :P, as i posted here as well.

Anyone know where can I get Dell recenv.exe? - Laptop General Hardware Forum - Laptop - Dell Community

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i am helping a friend partition an external WD 500GB drive...i've never partitioned an external, usb drive i need some help..

the drive is FAT32 formatted..he'd like to make it 2 - 250GB NTFS, if he goes into Computer Mgt does he first Delete Volume, then set up the partitions in the unallocated space, creating 2 partitions?

any guidance is appreciated....

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I have a HP pavillion dv9000 laptop running windows vista home premium and am trying to configure a dual-boot with ubuntu 7.10. I know that i have to create a boot partition on my hard drive but the vista partition manager said that i could only shrink the windows partition of my 160 gig hard drive ( of which nearly 70 gigs is free ) down 1 gig. I then tried using a command line partition manager which told me the same thing. I have also tried a number of 3rd party live cd partition managers but they said my hard drive was not registered.

I know its possible ( and usually easy ) to do because a friend who also has vista used the included partition utility to create a 40 gig partition and successfully installed ubuntu with no problems. I believe the problem may lie in the fact that i have an included HP recovery partition but i cannot delete it because doing so would clear my entire hd.

Anything would be a big help at this point.

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I'm not sure if anyone can help out this old guy...I'm a little slow on the uptake. I have a new software disc containing Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1 included...which I would like to install. I have a 3 year-old computer, I believe capable of running the 64 bit software. (AMD 64X2 Dual Core 3800+, 2.01 GHz, 1 GB Ram, and 80 GB hard drive). I was hoping to just "boot up" the new Vista software and save my "stuff" in XP, but it won't take it without wiping out everything (so it tells me). I have read about "partitioning the hard drive" and installing the new operating program as a separtate entity...offering me 2 options without distroying the other operating system. Is this possible with this computer...and can someone actually tell this old guy how to do this without borrowing one of my grandkids to do it for me? The current running version of XP Home is a 32-bit program. To complicate things, I live where no cable guy has ever gone, and no possibility of fast internet connections (barring cutting down a forest and mounting a disk)...just slow phone-line dial-up internet.

Answer:How do I partition my hard drive and install Vista

Hi, from Another Old Guy .

Yes, your AMD processor supports 64-bit operating systems, so no problem there.

You can only install one operating system on one partition...sharing not a possibility that the user will like. big is your current hard drive?

How much free space is on it?

How many hard drives are installed on the system?

Do you have any program which can be used for disk partitioning, resizing, Partition Magic?

The easiest way to do what you want...would be to install Vista on a separate hard drive, rather than install both O/Ses on one hard drive.

...and there's nothing wrong with asking the grandkids for help . Some of our "frequent fliers" here probably could qualify for that group and their knowledge is appreciated.


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So I want to partition my 1.5 tera hard drive so I can get it to work on both my PC and PS3. What I want to do is to partition 50 gigs of it so I can format that with FAT32 so i can install programs onto it. The rest I want to be normal so can you tell me what to do I can get to disk managment fine its that i don't know what to do after that. any help is apreciated and thank you very much.

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I have a HP pavillion dv9000 laptop running windows vista home premium and am trying to configure a dual-boot with ubuntu 7.10. I know that i have to create a boot partition on my hard drive but the vista partition manager said that i could only shrink the windows partition of my 160 gig hard drive ( of which nearly 70 gigs is free ) down 1 gig. I then tried using a command line partition manager which told me the same thing. I have also tried a number of 3rd party live cd partition managers but they said my hard drive was not registered.

I know its possible ( and usually easy ) to do because a friend who also has vista used the included partition utility to create a 40 gig partition and successfully installed ubuntu with no problems. I believe the problem may lie in the fact that i have an included HP recovery partition but i cannot delete it because doing so would clear my entire hd.

Anything would be a big help at this point.

Answer:Vista Hard Drive Partition Problems

Dual-Booting Windows XP/Vista And Ubuntu 7.04 | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

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My T43P just had it's hard drive fail so I got a new Fujitsu 120GB MHV2120AH (per recommendation by other lenovo community members) I also got the 8 Disk IBM Recovery CD set.Here is the problem. I take out the old hard drive and install the new one.I change the start-up sequence to run the CD-ROM first.I get to the main rescue and recovery screen and choose "restore your system" then "restore my hard drive to the original factory state"I then choose "I do not want to save any file" since there are no files to save as it is a new hard drive.It then tells me that this will reformat my entire hard disk and do I want to continue? (YES)It this prompts again that this is intended for systems that are completely unrecoverable and do it still want to continue? (YES)Then I'm prompted to accept "terms and conditions" (I ACCEPT)HERE IS WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES - A new screen comes up that says "processing please wait..." Then a new screen pops up saying "AN INTERNAL ERROR HAS CAUSED THIS PROCESS TO FAIL." So my question is how do I get this new hard drive up and running because I have no idea how to install it other than putting the new hard drive in and changing the start-up order in BIOS to run the CD-ROM first with the rescue and recovery CD first...... Thanks in advance for any help 

Answer:Installing New Hard Drive in T43P - Rescue and Recovery Problems - T 43P, T43 P

I can think of four things which could cause this;  memory corruption, defective hdd, defective recovery disc and memory protection.
The fourth should be worth checking first; this a a BIOS setting which when enabled "can prevent virus/worm attacks that create memory buffer overflows by running code where ony data is allowed.   ...  reset to disabled if your required applications cannot run."  This setting can be found in the BIOS Security menu. The default setting should be disabled.
To check the disc, burn a copy using another system; if it can't copy it - you're wiser, if you can - try using the copy.
Memory can be checked using memtest86 and the hard drive using SeaTools.
Hope this helps
edit; grammar

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Need to replace my failed Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive wd5000mpck 5MM($206.00),, will a wd5000lpvx 7MM($44.00) drive fit..Big price difference..  

Answer:Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive Failed will a 7MM drive fit (calls for a 5MM drive)

Hi Kendoe,of course big price differences, The technical differences are:                            cache (MB); Ampere Peak(5V); Power W (read/write); standby W; acoustic (dBA); Height mm; Weightwd5000mpck: 16                ; 0,9                            ; 1,5                               ; 0,15           ; 15-17               ; 5                  ; 0,07 kgwd5000lpvx:    8                   ; 1                               ; 1,4                               ; 0,13... Read more

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Hi all,

I have a Toshibia Equium A100-027 using Windows Vista with a partitioned hard drive (see picture for more info) and I was wandering if you can remove this partition to make just one drive and is there any problems with do this? (e.g. deleting the recovery partition) and does vista have in built software to do this? if no what is the best free partition manager?

My specifications if required:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit

Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2060 @ 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 12
Processor Count: 2

RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb

Hard Drives: C: Total - 37999 MB, Free - 4062 MB; E: Total - 36816 MB, Free - 36716 MB;

Motherboard: Intel Corporation, CAPELL VALLEY(NAPA) CRB, Not Applicable, Not Applicable

Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011, Updated and Enabled


Answer:Solved: Remove Vista hard drive partition

personaly your drive looks good i would leave it, put stuff in the partition to save if you have loads files etc in say "my music" then right click the my music tab properties and change location to the partition but when done on systems which have been running a while this can cause issues with your current set up with itunes etcd etc

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Hi recently i bought a new computer at a auction for $150 they said it didn't have a operating system but turns out that its 750G hard drive was broken so i just transferred my hard drive from my old computer over and it worked the old operating system was windows xp pro, media center edition. and while it was on there i upgraded it to windows vista home premium 32x but i noticed that even though this computer had a better cpu dual core. that it still only had 1G of RAM i was just going to transfer the extra RAM cards over from my old computer but then i noticed that it only had 2 slots where as my other computer had 4 and there were all the same size RAM cards so i couldn't do anything and since i like to play games the computer just can't handle it the games i play for its lack of RAM so then i decided to go back to my old computer when i moved the hard drive back i couldn't boot from the vista partition i don't know why. so i thought i'd just install a new one and and transfer the files over but i can't since there isn't enough free space and and the installation CD will only let me browse the hard drive and not delete anything and i have no devices to transfer the files to. but i noticed there was a recover partition installed with a repair feature but when i tried it, it asked me to type in the administrator password so i tried mine of course and it wasn't it so then i tried nothing since the default administrator account doesn't have one which also didn't work so now i'... Read more

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Current setup: 2 X 250Gb Hdd's, one has Vista Business installed, the other has been used as storage only. I bought a WD 1T hard drive, and want to do the following:
1. break the large drive up into either 2 sections of 500 Gb or 4 sections of 250Gb
2. Install Vista on the new drive (have the full Vista Business CD)
3. Install the Windows 7 RC on one of my original 250 drives
4. Keep the 3rd 250 drive as a storage

This is what I've come up with, and would like opinions on whether there is a better way to do this:
1) install the new drive and using Acronic Disk Manager break it into partions
2) unplug the other 2 drives, leaving just the new drive plugged into the sata connection, and boot into that drive using my Vista CD.
3) install Vista on the new drive
4) plug the other drives back in, reformat the 250Gb drive that had vista installed

Suggestions and opinions greatly appreciated, I've never done this before. Thank you all ahead of time!

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My old laptop's (HP Pavilion DV6-1355dx) hard drive is malfunctioning, and the SMART feature is telling me a failure is imminent. I'm going to use the HP Recovery program to create a backup of Windows 7 to some blank DVDs.

When I install a new hard drive in the laptop, how do I go about installing Windows 7 to the laptop? At what point do I put it in the first DVD into the laptop? I've never done this before and dont know how to begin.


Answer:[SOLVED] Installing Windows 7 Recovery DVDs to a laptop with a new hard drive

Hello blu5oscar and welcome to TSF,

I am not certain of how to use the HP backup software, but there are a few options available...

1. Windows Image Backup - This will backup your entire HDD to another HDD, USB drive(s) or DVD(s). It would require a Windows 7 Recovery Disc to be made as well. You would boot to the recovery disc then select the Restore PC from image then insert/select the media containing the backup and choose the Image Backup. I don't believe this option will back up the OEM Recovery Partition though.

2. HDD Clone software. This is the method I usually use. Using a USB adapter, connect the new drive to the PC, boot the PC too the HDD Clone Disc (I use CopyWipe, available on the UBCD)... Choose the Source (Old HDD) and Destination drives then copy. It will copy all partitions and information from the old disc to the new disc (same size or larger).

3. HP Backup and Recovery software. As I stated, I have never used the HP software... But, according the the HP documentation it is supposed to be easy...


HP Backup and Recovery Manager is quick and user-friendly. To run, simply go to All Programs > HP Backup & Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager.

With HP Backup & Recovery Manager, file restoration is easy. To recover a deleted file, simply use the Restore Wizard. For a full system restoration, press the F11 key during bootup and then select "Recover PC" from the menu.

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Are there any alternatives to malfunctioning recovery disks or purchasing new ones?I do not know how to use torrent files and would like to "rebuild" daughter's laptop somehow with major expense.All seems to be in order except I only have Dell Windows XP Pro CD and when loaded cannot be accessed.

Answer:R51 model 2888 installing new hard drive but have no recovery disks that work

Welcome to the forum!Have you tried running recovery from your hard drive, by pressing F11 on boot?

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Need help to load Vista buissness X64 clean install from hard drive. On windows XP you could load the entire OS from the hard drive using the command WINNT bypassing the need for any floppy or CD-ROM once entire CD was copied to the hard drive. I woud like to do the same with my Vista X64 boot and install Vista X64 from hard drive.

How Can I do this like XP.

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Hey guys,

I was wondering how I would install Windows XP on my harddrive that has Vista on it WITHOUT formatting or uninstalling Vista.


Answer:Installing XP on Vista Hard Drive

to do it correctly follow this

Got a Vista PC and want to install XP so you can dual-boot between them? Here's how to do it, in an easy, step-by-step format.

Page 1 - Intro

Scenario: You want to install Vista on your PC alongside your XP installation, on the same drive. You have installed Vista already. (If you have XP installed first, check out our earlier tutorial on how to dual boot Vista and XP with XP installed first.)
Tutorial Summary: We need to shrink the Vista partition on the hard disk and create enough space for an installation of XP. This can be done in three ways - using the GPartEd Live CD, the DISKPART utility on the Vista DVD or the Vista Disk Management GUI - and we'll cover all three. We'll then install XP and install EasyBCD to reinstate the Vista bootloader which will be overwritten during the XP installation, and then use EasyBCD to configure Vista's bootloader to boot the XP partition.
Updated September 2008: This is an updated tutorial, based on our first Windows Vista/XP dual-booting workshop. The main differences are that we are now using Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. EasyBCD has also been updated and this makes some of the steps in our first tutorial redundant - the whole process is now easier.
This tutorial has been tested on a VMWare 6 Workstation.
Create Free Space for Windows XP

We assume that before you start this tutorial, you have backed up the drive (partitions and data) that will host the two operating systems.
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I have a quad core i720 intel processor and the asus p6t deluxe V2 motherboard and a basic 512 video card. I installed Vista 64 bit first - took about 50 minutes. Then installed Windows 7 RC1 on a second hard drive (dual boot) and it installed in 20 minutes. It couldnt find the divers for chipset but shortly after it said I didnt have them installed (they werent available on the mb setup disk nor on Asus website) and it asked if I wanted them installed and windows installed the drivers. Much more intuitive.

Also I looked at the processes running on initial startup - I had perhaps 8 on windows 7 and perhaps 25-30 on vista. That alone made me a believer.

Now it wont run all of the software i would like to run (some antivirus and antispyware - spydoctor - zonealarm etc) but that was the same thing initially for vista. Oh superatispyware ran from the get go on vista and does on windows 7. I cant figure out why other antispyware and antivirus companies hem themselves and make a product that is so OS version specific.

Overall I am impressed with windows 7 - far less processes running in the background.

The beta of win 7 crashed when I tried to join my domain. Had to reinstall then I left well enough alone. The RC1 joined domain without a hitch. Less trouble than either XP or Vista.

Runs my business programs just fine. been testing those for a month.

Also pleased with the try before you buy concept. I can use the win 7 setup thhrough may 31 2010.

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Answer:Installing on new hard drive Vista vs Win 7

Thanks DrM

This is helpful and very timely.

I have been running Windows 7 beta on my old T42p laptop for 3 months in a dual boot configuration with XP with no issues. I have now installed 7.1 RC, with no problems.

I am considering installing 7.1 on my desktop despite the warnings about not installing on your main working machine. I am very dissatisfied with the stability of Vista and have been impressed with that of Win 7. I have the following configuration:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200
Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200
Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit

I am thinking of a dual boot on the main drive and using the WD as my backup just as it is now. Does this make sense?

Should I simply spring for a new drive and install 7 there?

Any advice on ASUS driver issues?

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Hey guys,

I've been Googling trying to find a solution to my particualr problem and it seems that this forum may be able to help.

I have Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Rev1.0 running Vista HP perfectly. I have a WD Cavair 250GB SATAII Drive with the OS plugged into Intel orange SATA socket (Channel 0) and a LG DVD-Multiwriter as master on the IDE socket. Nothing overclocked, all standard, everything works as it should.

My problems start when I try to add another Hard Drive. I have bought another WD Caviar, 500GB SATAII as I was so happy with the first (strangley this one only has SATA power so I had to get an adapter). I have plugged this into the same orange intel socket (Channel 1). BIOS recognises new drive no probs.

When I boot into Vista, I get a meesage telling me I need to install a driver for my new drive. So I go through the motions and it never finds a driver. I then go into device manager and it is sat in the disk drives with no exclamation mark. Great you think, but oh no, it's not that simple. The drive does not show up in explorer so I go to Disk Management and there's the disk, intitialised, formatted but with no drive letter assigned. So I try to assign one and I get the following message:

"The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer" N... Read more

Answer:Installing 2nd Hard Drive in Vista

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I have a HP m400y Media Center computer (3+ years old) with a single 250 GB hard drive running Windows XP Media Center. I want to install a larger drive to store video and photo projects. At the same time I would like to upgrade to Vista. Can I remove my existing drive, install a new drive and install Vista on it then hook up my old drive as a slave. I should be able to access all my existing data right? Will I experience system issue with XP one one drive an Vista on the other?

Answer:Installing Vista on second hard drive

You will be able to access all your data without problems BUT most programs won't run as they are tied to the XP install.
Why not leave the old drive connected and install vista on the second drive and have a dual boot system, very handy if you have older programs/games that wont run on Vista.

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How can I ensure that my vista partition is on the outer edge of the hard drive, or how can I make that partition on the outer edge of the hard drive. Hopefully there is some software similar to defragging only it moves the partitions around on the physical drive to optimize it? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Putting Vista Partition on outer edge of hard drive

Ihaveworms said:

How can I ensure that my vista partition is on the outer edge of the hard drive, or how can I make that partition on the outer edge of the hard drive. Hopefully there is some software similar to defragging only it moves the partitions around on the physical drive to optimize it? Thanks in advance.Click to expand...

The first partition you create will be placed in the optimal area for performance...

Now it was mentioned on how to get the prime size/location for your HDD to partition by Joe Average so I'll just quote him from the other thread.

If this isnt what you're looking for I apologize.

Joe Average said:

If it was my machine, I'd do 60 to 100GB for Vista, the rest as a storage partition for the goodies. Games, music, videos, etc, all that stuff on the storage partition without even thinking about it. Give Vista lots of breathing room for itself (it grows over time as it should) and your primary applications, etc.

Not much else to suggest. But here's how I do the calculations myself:

Run HDTach and note the beginning speed on the graph, and follow it to the right as the test progresses into the drive's platters. When the graph really starts to taper off, that's the point where you would say "Ok, that's where the speed drops, so the main partition is from the start of the drive to that point."

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Used Lenovo OS recovery DVD's for Win8.1 to setup machine (old system crashed and couldn't be recovered) back to factory default. Once in Windows, used the Recovery tool (Control Panel -> Recovery) to create a recovery USB drive. Followed instructions from and created a recovery USB drive. I then wanted to test this drive before I loaded all my applications and again followed the instructions in that article to "reset pc" using the USB drive. It appeared to reset the pc (I watched it go from 0% up to just about 100%) and then it rebooted. After reboot, it went right back into the USB recovery drive. I removed the USB drive and rebooted it again, and got a "no operating system..." error. When I insert the USB recovery drive back in and use the utility, it tells me the drive is locked. This tells me it didn't "reset pc" like it was supposed to do, but I followed everything to a "t". Any suggestions?

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