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[SOLVED] Created Partition - Now I Cannot Use My Recovery Disks :(

Question: [SOLVED] Created Partition - Now I Cannot Use My Recovery Disks :(

about 8 month ago i partitioned my 160 Gb hardrive only to find once i tryed to recover windows
(using a recovery disk that worked in conjunction with the recovery partition to recover my programs and drivers..)

that i could not instal all my programs and settings into the state they where in when i first got the PC..

i dont kno much about recovery .. its why ive not bothered tryin to fix this until now.. the reason i do now is because ive just got a laptop and want my system back to how it was :/

i have a (RIGHHHTTTT!!! BIG PROBLEM!! i was about to type the information regarding my recovery partition capacity and specs ... only to my shock to find its no longer there (The Recovery partition) .. i am looking in partition magic as i speak .. the recovery disk is there... it is intact, and all the files inside are still present.. there was no name for the partition when compared by the visual repesentation of the Disk Drives present.

(the bars showing disks and free space)

Soooo i have just right clicked to rename .. but there is a name present..
i am trying to rectify the problem by moving the recovery drives position to after all the others at the end where it should be..

Without sorting this out i dont see a way of trying to sort out my problem... (my inital question is being hindered by another serious problem!)
although come to think of it i have a copy of the Recovery files ..(there was two.. both called factory it said in the maual that if i lose these then i can never recover again .. so i saved them some where but cant remember where)

^^that is summat i need to sort out myself tho but IF i can get the files back .. which im pretty sure i can... and you have read this far............then ill carry on with my question..

i have a ^o) .. if memory serves correctly a 160 Gb 9 (all together) hardrive..

a 10 Gb recovery partition..

obviously a windows XP disk

and a Application & Support - CD (all my drivers are on there without the original recovery process i have to instal them all on my own :'(....)

the reason i want to get back the ability of being able to restore with the end result being,

i have all the security updates
i have all the programs that came pre-instaled
i have all the drivers for my audio ETC. (so i dont have to instal them all one by one)
i have a newer windows media player...... you get the picture....

this all happened when i split my C: BOOT partition in half so i could have a partition for all my downloads...any help would be much appriciated!!!!!!!!!

thanks a lot in advance!!!

oh and the main specs!!!

Intel Celoron D processor 3.46Ghz
1.44BG of ram
Service pack 2 : Home edition

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Preferred Solution: [SOLVED] Created Partition - Now I Cannot Use My Recovery Disks :(

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Answer: [SOLVED] Created Partition - Now I Cannot Use My Recovery Disks :(

what computer make and model?

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I had to make up the 2 recovery disks as stated in the handbook and I had to use them this morning, but I only had to use 1 so why create 2 and do you have to use the the 2nd one at all.

I thought the computer would go back to 64bit as pre-installed but when I checked it was only 32bit.

Answer:Confused with created Recovery disks

You can use second one if asked.
I don't know which notebook model do you have but if it was offered with 32 and 64bit OS I can imagine by recovery creation 2 discs were created for both versions.

When you start recovery procedure with disc1 is there option to choose between 32 and 64bit OS?

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So my h8-1419 is running fine with windows 10 but came with windows 8.  Just got a h8-1437c that originally came with windows 8 but was wiped clean and I have no install discs.  I read that the windows 8.1 ISO won't work to load it since it came with windows 8 and not 8.1.  Can I create a recovery USB from my h8-1419 to load onto the h8-1437c?  Don't really want to spend $50 to buy recovery discs from HP.  What options do I have?

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Mod EditThis post was split from this topic:Question About Necessity And Frequency Of Defragging Hard DriveI cant believe I finally found a topic that pertained to me and my problem, I just joined this site after finding it on goggle, I have visited so many different forums from other sites that never discussed this problem. I do have a question about can or cant defragment a partitioned drive, a week ago I bought an HP desktop XP Media center m7330n, I never had a computer with a partitioned drive before, when buying the computer from this fellow and after checking it out and everything was fine he gave me all manuals cables etc. I asked him where are the restore disc's, he said it didn't come with any, he almost lost the sale when I thought he was lying, after investigating he was right, I never heard of any computer that did not come with a restore and drive disc's, but HP for some reason decided not to do it that way, stupid idea if you ask me but nothing we can do about it. The fellow told me if anything happens to my hardrive I can do a system restore from the d drive partition, also I can create them myself from HP create restore disc's, he also said whatever you do don't mess with the d drive at all, its a 250 hardrive on c, and about 10gb on d. OK advise well taken. After bringing the computer home I used it for several days and set it up just the way I want it installing everything I needed and normally use, than I decided to clean everything up like I always did... Read more

Answer:Question about using created HP recovery disks

Go to the Drivers section of the HP website, input your model number, then select your OS, then scroll down until you get to the section on restore disks. Order them (they used to cost about $20 shipping included).

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My friend asked me to help her sell her HP Pavillion 15.  I created Recovery disks using the laptop's recovery disk creator tool.  I blanked the drive with our DoD eraser software. I ran the Recovery Disks.  The disks say they are not authorized for this computer.  I don't understand how that's possible. I created the disks on the same computer I'm trying to use them on. 

Answer:Recovery Disks Created on HP Pavilion Do NOT Work on SAME PC

Hi, "I blanked the drive with our DoD eraser software." is the main problem, no available signature now. I always use the Recovery set over the top. I know why you have to erase the HDD. My suggestion: Pull it out, mount to a different computer, initiate it and make it like a new HDD then reinstall it back. Regards.

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will the recovery disks i created restore all settings including the recovery partition to factory state?

Answer:use of user created recovery disks lenovo3000n200

The user created Windows Vista Business recovery discs are for re-installing Windows Vista, if you want to re-install Windows Vista, after having used the Windows XP Pro recovery discs that ship with a 3000 N200 notebook.The Windows XP Pro discs restore the notebook to a condition as though it had been factory shipped solely with Windows XP. Using them destroys the Vista recovery partition, replacing it with an XP recovery partition.Using the Windows Vista recovery discs, wipes out Windows XP and returns the notebook to being a Windows Vista one including re-creating he Windows Vista recovery partition. Jenifur Charne 





Lenovo 3000 N200 0769A64 owner.

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

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

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I installed Ubuntu GNU/Linux in my 3000 N100 0768GZQ laptop and deleted the partition in which i had installed Vista using fdisk. However, fdisk also deleted the Lenovo rescue and recovery partition. Not realizing this i created 2 new partitions in the free space. Now I want to install Vista in one of these partitions and I don't have a Lenovo Rescue and Recovery drive or the recovery CDs. Please help me.

Answer:Lost Lenovo Rescue and recovery partition in 3000 N100 0768GZQ have no recovery disks, please help

You can either get a hold of Vista installation disks and install it manually, or call Lenovo support and ask for recovery disks. They may charge you for the disks as you are supposed to create your own recovery disks.





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I couldn't find similar thread so I'm postin this as new. I bought T400 with Vista BU 32bit. I didn't know that It's strongly sugested to create my own recovery discs. T400 was shipped with XP recovery discs. Problem is, that I wanted to try XP, put DVDs in the notebook and after few reboots I discevered, that I have only C partition (system) and hidden partition, that I'm not able to even assign a drive letter. No recovery partition, no preload partition. I'm now on Win 7 RC 64 and soon I want to recreate recovery partition, but without my own recovery discs I dont know how.There is one solution, but I dont know if it's possible option. My friend has T500 and I told him to create recovery DVD before he did any change to partitions. From hareware side, our notebooks are almost simillar (just differend discrete VGA and CardReader).1. So do you think, that I can use his recovery DVDs to restore mine T400 to factory state and than create my own recovery DVDs?2. Why XP DVDs shipped with NB created just hidden partition (which I can't acces and I dont know how to install OS from it without working R&R partition)?3. Last question, but not important one: System came with 32bit BU system, do I have an option to reinstall it somehow to 64bit BU on the same licence number (I mean legally) because System has 4gigs of RAM. Thanks

Answer:Recovery partition not created by Recovery Discs

UP please respond, because I want soon reinstall Win 7 RC and I need to know what options i have. Thanks

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Hi, everyone.I'm quite sure I found this on-line and that it's doable, but now that I need it, of course I can't find it!My computer-illiterate sister has an eMachines Windows Vista computer that will no longer boot either normally or in safe mode; it hangs on crcdisk.sys.  She didn't make recovery disks when she got the computer, and the recovery console that comes up when it tries to boot also hangs.  She believes that it was interrupted while running a Windows update, but she's not entirely certain about that.  Anyway, her primary concern was recovering her pictures and documents, and I was able to do that by booting off a bootable Ubuntu CD.   Thus she now has everything she needs from that computer.  Before we take the sledgehammer to it, I want to fiddle with it and see whether I can get it booting into Windows off of the hard drive again so she can use it again, even if only for going on-line and not for saving precious stuff.I thought I read somewhere that if the recovery partition was readable (as it -- and the rest of the hard drive -- seem to be) that you could copy it up onto an external hard drive, then create recovery CD's on a different computer, but I can no longer find the instructions on how to do that.  Is that do-able, and if so, can I do it on an XP computer, or do I need to use a Win7 computer (I don't have a Vista computer).  Can I do it right off of the external hard drive, or d... Read more

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If I use the recovery disks (3) and the driver and application disk to re-install Windows 7 on my Acer Aspire 7740-5691 will the recovery partition be restored. The recovery partition is 11.72 GB and is 100% free space and healthy according to information in disk management. I am not sure how the recovery partition got wiped but the computer is up and running at this time. The disks were made when I purchased this computer about 5 years ago. The hard drive is 320 GB, processor is intel i3 quad core, ram is 4GB. Thank you in advance for your comments and information. Oscar1













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Answer:Do Recovery Disks restore Recovery Partition, Aspi...

Acer erecovery media will restore your laptop to factory default, so, yes it will restore the original recovery partition too.

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 I have gone to restore my laptop to Factory setting but in the rescue and recovery application i do not have any option to recover to the laptop as it came out the factory. When i got the laptop i created rescue media and have a set of 4 disks, All DVD(2 are 8.5GB). The R&R  boots and asks for the Final C disk. None of the disks display in the backup listbox. Before i went for a fresh install using a Windows 7 disk, i got R&R to off load media to a portable drive. This will boot to a different version of R&R similar to the post 2008 walkthrough. But the screen i get does not have the radio button for Factory restore, just the backup and when i put my DVD's in, no backup is found from the media i have... I removed the factory partition after i created the media as i presumed i could get back to the factory using them. My fresh install of windows 7 works but downloading the wireless driver from Lenovo doesn't activate... wish i never started to mess with it now.... Any suggestions???













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Answer:Edge 525 & Rescue & Recovery & No recovery Partition But Disks

Update: All Restored and Working again... Must label the Disks better in the future... I had 4 disks in a bundle, the first being the Rescue repair disk, which boots to a similar screen. As 1 of my disks didn't do anything in the various rescue and recovery application i used from previous thinkpads. Turned out this was bootable and the proper rescue and recovery for my set of disks... cdrivebackup.swm took ages to load and then asked for the second disk. Processed and now 1 working system again... now to move all the data back...

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My recent fresh install of Windows 7 Pro 64 bit was to a pre formatted drive and I was hoping it would not create a recovery partition. Is this screen shot enough to say if the install has, or has not created a recovery partition please? If it has, can i get rid of it from the SSD C drive? Thanks!

Answer:Has this install created a recovery partition?

Hi,
Go to disk management and post a screen shot of it
If nothing it's probably a system reserved partition but your showing boot... under C which I am not and I have the system reserved 100mb partition.

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Viruses shut down our eMachine desktop T3958. The people at eMachines/Gateway sent me the recovery disc which I ran and returned to factory settings...or so I thought. The computer came with an 80GB hard drive yet after recovery, total capacity was in excess of 36GB. I checked out disc with the defragmenter and found a block of unmovable green. Emails with eMachines have been very frustrating as they keep providing a link of how to restore with multiple CD's, and there is only 1 CD available for this model so they said a partition was probably established. I have very limited computer knowledge (and have already spent $100 on their live support) and wondered if there is a way to remove the partition and have access to all the original hard drive? Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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I'd just like to confirm this properly please, before installing Ubuntu Linux on my new system (actually a G580 model).  I have created two sets of CDs using the One-Key Recovery Application in Windows 7.  These are, (1) a factory set of 4 discs containing the system as it was shipped, and (2) a set of 4 discs backed up using the same utility but containing my actual Windows 7 system having first removed unwanted software and personalised my configuration. In essence, I don't wish to irrevocably lose the hidden partition than enables the recovery of the system to take place without CDs.  Therefore, if I do overwrite the entire hard disc, will a later re-installation from either of these packs of CDs that I've created, recover the hidden partition as well as Windows 7? Perhaps it may also be possible to install Linux and preserve the hidden partition anyway?  Is that likely to be possible by judicious partition management? Many thanks. 

Answer:Is the hidden partition re-created when restoring from One-Key Recovery CDs?

Hi
 
Welcome To Lenovo Community
 
Using recovery media created by OKR will automatically create the hidden backup partition on a raw hard drive
 
If you are keeping the hidden partition intact , but changing the other partition set , the One Key Recovery using the nova key will not work correctly , you need to use the recovery CD only to get the factory restoration at a later stage
 
In case you are not making any partition changes and only formatting the C drive and installing Linux .
Then also you will be able to use the nova key to recover.
 
 
 
 
 
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Windows 8 creates its own hidden recovery partition during the install. In my case, it's 450MB.

From what I've read, I know not to touch this partition, and I intend to follow that advice. Even so, I'd like to know what's in that partition and how it's used. Can someone provide a concise explanation and/or links where I can learn more?

Answer:Recovery Partition Created By Windows 8 Install

The System Reserved partition holds the boot files & Repair tools.

System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8

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Hi There I did a clean install of my T510 with Windows 7 64bit. I didn't create recovery disks prior to doing this, however I still have the recovery partition. How do I go about creating the recovery disks and/or how would I go about recovering to factory defaults now from the recovery partition? ThanksNeal

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Hi ,
after windows 10 anniversary upgrade installation i ran Disk Management and found a new created Recovery Partition as shown in picture . 845 MB , Healthy (Recovery partition). Is it necessary or can I delete it ?
The Upgrade installation has been absolutely successful , no problem at all.

Answer:windows 10 Anniversary upgrade created a recovery partition

You can check which recovery partition is registered with the command reagentc /info from elevated command prompt. You'll see something like this:
Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393]
(c) 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>reagentc /info
Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
Information:

Windows RE status: Enabled
Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 3d8f8337-bc56-11e5-a7c5-85493d747884
Recovery image location:
Recovery image index: 0
Custom image location:
Custom image index: 0

REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.


C:\Windows\system32>

To find which partition the number above you need to check diskpart as disk management doesn't show all partitions (the MSR partition specifically which is partition 3 normally). Again from elevated command prompt:
Code:
C:\Windows\system32>diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.14393.0

Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: WIN10

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list par

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Recovery 500 MB 20 KB
Partition 2 System 200 MB 500 MB
Partition 3 Reserved ... Read more

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I recently ordered a recovery disk for my Qosmio G35-AV600 because I booted to safe mode to clear a suspected threat. Silly me! I forgot the passwords because I constantly use the fingerprint scanner. Well, by the time the recovery disks came in, I had remembered a password and I had gotten access.

The thing is I still want to format the laptop, but I keep getting partition not created errors. Is this because the laptop's hard drive has SATA or RAID capabilities, or because of the so-called Qosmio player. *If I could format the hard drive, would I not be able to operate the laptop in Qosmio mode?*

I searched here and even contacted customer support and have not found a definitive answer. Customer support?s solution was to send it to a authorized repair shop. My experience with computer repair shops is if the problem is not hardware related, they simply reformat the drives. I could do that myself if I could get help with this "partition not created" or partition not deleted" errors.

Answer:Qosmio G35-AV600: using Recovery CD I get partition not created error

Hi

I agree with you and I think also that this has nothing to do with the hardware malfunction.
But who knows, if you have started the OS only in the safe mode then we should not exclude the hardware problem (ie. HDD).

However, the Recovery CD already contains all drivers and you don?t need to install the SATA or RAID drivers.

In my opinion there are wrong RAID settings in the BIOS!
Please check the settings in the BIOS on the third page.

If you don?t know what the single settings mean, open you user manual and check the RAID chapter in the user manual.

Additionally this could be useful:
http://support.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB6901K60006R01.htm

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This is a life-destroying moment for me. I have a 2TB External Hard drive, with 2 partitions. The first one is 50 MB (actually ~48.5MB) UDF containing setup files for veracrypt and truecrypt, and keyfiles. The second partition is a Veracrypt-encrypted partition of size 1.8TB, which was quick formatted by Veracrypt. The drive was GUID -based, and the first partition was made an OEM partition using Diskpart and the second one an EFI partition in order to prevent accidental formatting by the system. However, a sudden accidental right click has pasted this script in diskpart and ran it before I could halt it. Diskpart doesn't even ask for confirmation before cleaning a drive.


Code:
select disk 0
clean
convert gpt
create partition primary size=300
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter="T"
The new partition has a 300MB partition called Windows RE tools, and the rest is unallocated. I assigned a letter to the unallocated drive without formatting, hence it's a RAW partition, but Veracrypt couldn't open it. Is there any way to recover the previous data. It is extremely important for me and my job depends on it. The disk containing the backup of the data crashed last week and I had sent it to RMA. Hence I'm left with no backups.


I have opened the disk using WINHEX and I have seen the contents of the 50MB UDF partition, the keyfiles and the setup files. They are intact. Then there is a whole lot of gibberish, which I believe ... Read more

Answer:Data Recovery after Diskpart cleaned and created new partition

UDF, GPT, veracrypt - Plus you ran diskpart clean. All too complicated.

Anyway, post a screenshot of your external drive in Windows Disk Management.(Please remove all other external storage devices.)

Also a screenshot of how Minitools Partition Wizard sees it.

Third run the Partition Recovery Wizard on the external drive, do a Quick Scan. Let Quick scan complete.Post a screenshot of the Partitions shown. (See my post here for reference Raid 5 became unallocated.)

Once you have snapped it, click on Cancel and close the Partition Wizard.

Let us see whether at all we can see any light at the end of the tunnel.

You said using WinHex you were able to see the contents of the UDF partition.Are you sure that all the data in the full 50MB are intact? Even if part of that partition at the beginning has been zeroed by diskpart clean I would think that even if we manage to recover the gibberish data in the other partition,it cannot be decrypted.

Post these three screenshots. Even if not me, some other member with more insight on veracrypt may chip in with some ideas.

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System: Case Alienware Area 51 R2 , Asus Deluxe X99 3,1, Intel i7-5960 , Cosair Dominator 3000mhz DRAM 32G , 2 WD 4T HHD in raid 5 as data storage , Samsung 950 pro M2 card with windows 8.1pro as main OS and Samsung SSD 850 as a backup OS Windows 10.

ok I am a little confused......So i have a new Samsung 950 Pro M2 SSD that I installed in my system and did a CLEAN install of windows 8.1pro only the M2 SSD Samsung card was installed and enabled. I unplugged all other drives and other sata ports disabled.

The install went fine and then i did all the windows updates and driver installs. After I was done, I was about to create a partition at the end of my drive to over provision it, using the magician software from Samsung, I noticed that the Samsung M2 SSD which holds my main OS of Windows 8.Pro had a 450MB system recovery partition after the main partition.

So I have partitions in order (1) 300MB (Recovery partition) (2) 99 MB ( EFI system partition) (3) MAIN 428G ( boot, Page File, crash dump, primary partition) (4.) 47.69G (unallocated ) partition for over provision and THEN (5) 451MB ( recovery partition) that was created for some reason after one of the 150 updates that windows 8.1 / Microsoft installs.

My question is WHY? Why does windows 8.1 have a new 450MB recovery partition at the end of the drive? I NEVER installed windows 10 on it and I was very cautious to not allow the updates to install windows 10 on the SSD. So what is up with this?

Any help ... Read more

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Hi ,
after windows 10 anniversary upgrade installation i ran Disk Management and found a new created Recovery Partition as shown in picture . 845 MB , Healthy (Recovery partition). Is it necessary or can I delete it ?
The Upgrade installation has been absolutely successful , no problem at all.

Answer:windows 10 Anniversary upgrade created a recovery partition

You can check which recovery partition is registered with the command reagentc /info from elevated command prompt. You'll see something like this:
Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393]
(c) 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>reagentc /info
Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
Information:

Windows RE status: Enabled
Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 3d8f8337-bc56-11e5-a7c5-85493d747884
Recovery image location:
Recovery image index: 0
Custom image location:
Custom image index: 0

REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.


C:\Windows\system32>

To find which partition the number above you need to check diskpart as disk management doesn't show all partitions (the MSR partition specifically which is partition 3 normally). Again from elevated command prompt:
Code:
C:\Windows\system32>diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.14393.0

Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: WIN10

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list par

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Recovery 500 MB 20 KB
Partition 2 System 200 MB 500 MB
Partition 3 Reserved ... Read more

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When using recovery disks received from IBM, I don't get the option to create partitions on the HDD. Can someone suggest how this can be done either before or after running the recovery disk please? Thanks.

Answer:How to Partition while using recovery disks?

hi rajeev i think only 3 partitions can be created C c drive d drive and the recovery partitions

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My new notebook, running Windows 7, crashed 90 minutes after first boot and created a recovery partition. (Affects C:\ drive only. No programs or drivers were being installed. Starts up OK & is functional).

Restore points are now unavailable from the time before partition was created. When a system restore cannot be performed, will system remain unaffected if I do nothing to the recovery partition?

Answer:Recovery partition created - suitable restore points now unavailable

A recovery partition is normally created by the computer manufacturer during the manufacturing process. It's about 10 - 15GB in size and on a hidden partition of the C: drive. Its purpose is to allow the user to return the computer to factory specifications, just like the day you bought it. I've not heard of a recovery partition being created as the result of a crash. It would help if you could post a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management window.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

If your computer was on for just "90 minutes after first boot" before crashing, was this the computer's very first startup after bring it home from the store? When you would normally be configuring a new machine with your user preferences, setting the language, etc? Or do you mean it was the first startup of the day? A crash could cause many different problems and that could be the reason you have no restore points. It's also possible something may have turned system protection off before the crash occured which could have left the computer without any restore points.

System Protection - Turn On or Off

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Hi, HP Notebook - 15-r205ne (ENERGY STAR) My laptop came with windows 8.1 64Bits pre-installed, but later I installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 (64 Bits) over it, without making any recovery disks. Now I want to switch back to windows 8.1 , I still have the D Partition containing recovery files, but going to F11 doesn't help me.Any suggessions on how can I make recovery disks from the D partition within windows 10 and then use those disks to install the original OS back? Thanks in Advance!

Answer:Creating Recovery Disks from Partition on another OS

If you did an upgrade or custom install to Windows 10 and not a 'clean' install within the last 30 days it's easy to go back to Windows 8.1 Revert from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 Otherwise you will need to purchase recovery media from HP.   If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks! 

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Lenovo 3000 N200 with XP.I've been trying to do a system recovery back to factory settings using the the boot recovery option at startup. It took 3 attempts (2 crashes) just to get XP back up and running, but it was completely blank with no software or drivers and no internet connection to download drivers etc.Just the lonely recycle bin icon in the corner. Well this is uesless I thought and decided to have a go with the recovery CD's instead. When the first CD has done it's thing it asks for CD number 1, which I put in, and it tells me it's the wrong CD. I have tried all the CD's I have and they are all the wrong CD apparantely! So I was going nowhere with that method and decided to revert back to the initial boot method. Only that is completely messed up and now asks me for disk 1 which doesn't work. So now my laptop is knackered with no way of reinstalling XP from either the boot menu or the recovery disks. I've even tried installing XP from an official Windows XP disk and it's not having that either! What can I do? Ask Lenovo for a set of recovery CD's? How much would that cost? And would they even work?Thanks for any advice Message Edited by bobtheblob on 10-03-2008 04:50 PM

Answer:Can't recover XP from partition OR recovery disks

your best bet is to call lenovo, those discs should have more probability of working.

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Gateway M-6881
Anybody have any ideas...

a. The FACTORY recovery DVDs (2) that I have will not boot. Usually they just run until a window pops up to insert a blank CD, but you can do that forever--and it just cycles through repeatedly. A couple of times it did proceed to a second window indicating the restore was proceeding, but the bar did not advance, and after a minute or so, it too failed (sorry, don't remember the exact indications).

b. Trying to start recovery using the hidden partition... does not work either.
When you use Programs>Gateway>Gateway Recovery Management>Restore tab and command it...it simply proceeds to a shutdown and reboots right back into Vista. Second way-- the manufacturer enter-recovery-during-boot process (Left Alt-F10 while "Gateway" is onsceen, also simply proceeds to boot thru into Vista.

Some things I have determined:
-A different bootable DVD will boot the machine, so DVD drive is working--at least READ.
-ASIDE: Using the internal utility at Programs>Gateway>Gateway Recovery Management to try to burn either a full recovery set (2 DVDs) or a "Drivers and Applications" set both fail--do not do it.
-File folder structure on the two factory recovery DVDs can be viewed
-chkdsk C: /r has been run and found a few seemingly insignificant things, which were 'fixed'
-The F8 menu does NOT contain "Repair your computer' entry.

Quite frustrated to have three ways to do it and none works.

Answer:Neither recovery partition nor disks work

Repair computer option is on a retail disc not the F8 menu

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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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Hi everybody!
I have HP Desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium.

When I was using Vista there was a difference between using recovery partition on the hard drive to restore Windows and Recovery disks that you create yourself.

The Recovery Partition one would only restore your computer to it's shipping condition - meaning that if I had partitioned the drive and had Windows partition separately from my other files it will erase all of it and get rid of that new partition of mine along with all my files.

If I used the disks - it will give me an option of shipping condition OR just to reinstall Windows partition of my drive so all other files are not erased.

In Windows 7 the created disks give me only one choice - Factory System Reset. Does it mean that it will erase it ALL or just the Windows partition?

I really don't want to back up 300GB of my data... just need the Windows partition erased and reinstalled. Will Recovery Disks do that or is there any other option for doing it with Windows 7?

Answer:Recovery Disks or Recovery Partition

I would not run the Recovery Disks without backing up data. It doesn't sound like they will let you choose where to install Win7.

You can always borrow or locate a clean retail copy of your version Win7 to clean install with Product Key on your COA sticker on machine. Many tech enthusiasts do this to avoid the bloatware and useless factory utilities. Let us know if you want more information on this.

You can also make your own Win7 Backup image saved externally so you never have to reinstall or recover again, just reimage from the saved file. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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I have an hp laptop and I would like to know if there is a way to do a clean install from either the recovery discs I made after getting the computer or from the recovery partition. I just want to to do this so that I dont have to go through and delete all the garbage hp puts on there because I often get rid of things that I wasnt supposed to thinking it was just more hp junk and I just want to do this so that I am using up as little space on my hard drive as possible. If there are easy instrustions on how to do this I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance for any help. This is the laptop I have if that helps at all, http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=3884608&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&tmp_track_link=ot_we/prodlink/en_us/3884608/loc:0&cc=us
 

Answer:Clean install from recovery disks or recoery partition

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Accidentally deleted Recovery Partition and lost discs.Can I recover by downloading windows 7 somewhere using the product key found on the back of my laptop? I am a total newbie at this. If anyone could help with this, please send a link or any info that would help. Thanks!

Answer:Accidentally deleted Recovery Partition and lost disks

Yes, you can download an ISO and use the key off of the back of your laptop to activate it. Here is a source for the ISO:

Download Windows 7 ISOs, Legally and for Free | PCsteps.com

This will be a clean install, though. It won't have any of the laptop manufacturer's bloatware and utility programs on it. If you want all of that still, you'll have to contact the manufacturer and get replacement restore disks.

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I wanted to install a different Windows 7 on my Vaio but when I selected a partition to install Windows on, it said:
"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."
I searched online and found a program called GParted to fix the problem. What I didn't know was that it would delete all the partitions. I fixed the problem and installed Windows but I want to go back to factory settings. The problem is that I deleted the recovery partition. Is there any way to go ack to factory settings?? Can I download recovery files online?
Model no: SVS13A190X

Thank you

Answer:Restore Vaio system to factory settings w/o recovery disks / partition

If you just want some of the sony utilities, or drivers -

Sony eSupport - SVS13A190X - Support

If you want the whole recovery disc - you might have to ask them to send it.

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey guys, I tried searching through the boards but I'm getting contradicting information so I was wondering if someone could clarify a few points for me! Briefly, here's my situation. I have a Ideapad Y580 with a 32GB SSD + 1TB HDD combo running Windows 7 and I've created my factory recovery disks using the OneTouch Recovery applications.  I'm planning on upgrading to Windows 8. What I want to know is, in the advent that my upgrading process goes terribly wrong and that I somehow change my partitions sizes, will my recovery disks be able to recreate the original partitions and restore my system to the original format, i.e. brand-new-out-of-the-box status?  

Answer:Do OKR recovery disks require same original partition sizes in order to function? (Y580)

HIIf the ssd works as a cache, then recovery disk would work after changing partition sizes. If rapid drive has been setup, then you might get problems.Regards





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Hi guys, first post here,

I have a 160 GB Seagate HDD with two NTFS partitions 40 Gb with Windows XP and 120 Gb fr data. I installed it on another computer to quickly move the data from the 120 Gb partition to a new HDD but accidently deleted the 120 Gb partition. Moved by desperation I created a new one hoping to recover the data, I was careful enough not to format it though. So now I have my old Windows XP running perfectly but with a 120 Gb NTFS partition with no accessible data.

Is there any way to recover these files?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: Deleted NTFS partition and new one created

See if PCInspecter can recover the data, its freeware
There are better ones but you will have to buy them
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/download.htm
 

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I'm using MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v7.7. I deleted all my partitions to clean install, however, my "C:" went away and don't know how to get it back. When I create the partition here, I don't get the option to select a letter. How can I assign in my case?

Answer:[SOLVED] How do I assign a letter on a newly created partition?

If you are going to install the os, just insert the disk and start the install. Just follow the on screen instructions and it should take care of your c drive.

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I'm getting conflicting information on making Recovery Disks. According to HP I should be off the network. According to my computer man it doesn't matter. What say you?

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Recovery Disks

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I have just purchased an hp pavilion dv9700t entertainment PC laptop. I had gone to recovery manager and made the recovery disks, all is good. My Son's girl friend had also purchased a new laptop a few months earlier, an HP Pavilion dv6500. I had said that I would make a set of recovery disks for her using the same method, but on her computer. She has never gone into recovery manager before, let alone make a set of disks. When I went into said site and tried to make the disks it came back with you are only allowed one set of disks per computer, which told me that some other person had beat me to it. It did not surprise me at all being another good friend of mine was told when she purchased her computer that it would cost her $80.00 to get a set of recovery disks for her computer. She to had a system that would allow her to make one set of disks, it to had been disabled due to someone beating her to the making of said disks. By the time she wanted to make the disks two months had past, not much she could due in the way of proving she was ripped off by the GEEKS that sold her the computer. I was told that the GEEKS had set up her computer before she recieved it. I think the same thing may have happened to my son's girlfriend. All said computers in question have Vista installed. What determines what recovery disks can be used? Would I be able to use my set of disks, The systems are not all that much different. I may have answered my own question, DIFFERENT, being the key word he... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] recovery disks

HP will charge around $20 for a set of replacement install discs . .

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Mobile AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3600+, x86 Family 15 Model 124 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1917 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon Xpress 1150, 700 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 57137 MB, Free - 47867 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0WY383
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I'm unclear on just what a "recovery disk" is and what its supposed to do. I have the OS and driver CDs that came with my 4-year-old laptop, and have used them to restore it to factory settings (which was XP SP2). How is a recovery disk different from what's on those? Or is it?

I use the laptop almost exclusively for web surfing, and there is virtually no data stored on it to worry about losing. But would a recovery disk spare me having to reinstall a bunch of updates?
 

Answer:Solved: Recovery Disks

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I Bought this laptop for my daughter. it came with vista then someone installed XP. when i run the sony system recovery disk i get a message "Autorun.exe-entry point not found... The procedure entry point ChangeWindowMessageFilter could not be located in the dynamic link library USER 32.dll." I bought the recovery disks from sony and cant get it to run
 

Answer:Solved: cant get the recovery disks to run

How are you "running" the disk? Are you booting from it instead of from the hard drive?
 

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Hi
As the topic says; after installation of a fresh copy from the original disc win7, my second partition "D" has been renamed itself to the Recovery Partition. You can see it only in the application "Disk Management". I do not have access into it at all. When I click the right mouse button ?help? option appears only . There are very important files to me.
I tried to use EASEUS Partition Master but I'm afraid of losing data.
Please help.

Answer:[SOLVED] After win7 install, 2nd partition has renamed itself to Recovery Partition

Have you taken the install disc out ? Sounds dumb but the d: partition is generally a reserved partition and indicates your CD-ROM drive, to me it looks like your install disc, the file system is UDF which is universal disc format, you have two recovery partitions on top. Remove the disk, reboot. Then choose a different letter other than D for your recovery partition.. Best to start with z

The fact that the file encryption is UDF, you will not have the ability to modify it, its not NTFS, FAT or FAT32.

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I have found a couple of place to get recovery disks. As long as you have your authentication numbers they are legal. They are www.restoredisks.com and www.myrecoverycds.com. I haven't bought any yet, but may have to.
 

Answer:Solved: recovery disks for windows xp

Hi, I would like to add one that I use specifically for Compaq and HP computers:

www.computersurgeons.com

My last set of disks for a Compaq, cost $28 > this includes any pre-installed software, drivers, etc and the operating system.

These disks are only for doing a Full System Recovery...in cases where you have lost the original disks, lost the Recovery partition on a laptop for example, or your hard drive failed.....the disks will remove any data from a hard drive and format and reinstall so the computer is as it was fresh from the factory. Keep in mind that any hardware changes, upgrades etc that you did might affect how using a Recovery disk set turns out....

They work the same as the original set if your computer came with these, or the set you can make if your computer came with a utility that let's you create just one Recovery disk set.

These sites where you can buy the original Recovery disks for your computer are great because as your computer gets to the 2 or 3 year old stage, the manufacturer is very likely not to be able to provide them.
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm using a Toshiba A665 laptop and in the last week Windows 7 fails to start up. I have reviewed my Events log and notice "system rebooted without cleanly shutting down" as a clue and there are lots of other repeated errors related to this. I was in the process of recieving automatic updates and they failed to correctly install.

Now when turning on I am prompted to put in recovery disk and repair. I put the disk in and Windows starts up as normal but how do I get the repair menu? Rather than me playing hit or miss can someone tell me the correct process? How could I correctly diagnose the issue?

I made my own disks which are as follows:

Repair Disk Windows 7 64-bit
Windows Recovery Environment 64 bit
Recovery DVD 1 of 2
Recovery DVD 2 of 2

My sincere thanks to anyone who can give me any tips no matter how small.

Regards,

Michael
 

Answer:Solved: How to Repair from Recovery Disks

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I had a question about system recovery disks, are they specific to indiviual computers
or can they be used for all computers ?

Dan
 

Answer:Solved: System Recovery disks

They are specific. They can't be used on other computers.
I learned this by trying it myself.
 

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My Dad has (had) an eMachines T3624 Desktop that recently had it's motherboard die. My brother replaced several parts to upgrade the PC, but for some reason didn't save any of my parents files off the old hard drive which was upgraded. They don't use the computer for much (mostly email and internet), but did have some photos and emails that would be nice to have. A while back the computer prompted me to make some backup disks for them, which I did. The problem is, now that this PC is "born-again", I don't really see any links to the old eMachines world, so I'm wondering if the recovery disks will work. It made 3 disks, but I'm guessing I'll need some kind of application to read the files. I did a quick search for "Pictures, Music and Video" on all 3 disks, but there were only a couple of results.

Does anyone know of a way that I can recover the files from the disk?
 

Answer:Solved: eMachines Recovery Disks

but for some reason didn't save any of my parents files off the old hard drive which was upgraded.

What do you mean by upgraded? Did he put in a new hard drive? If he did put the old
hard drive in as a slave.
If you mean he formated the old hard drive than your pictures are gone.
 

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Where can I make these from a brand new vista system? I have done a few google searches but come up with nothing more then Data back up. Is there a way to do this in case of a terminal hdd failure or am I missing something? Please lend a hand if you can.
Thank you,
Josh
 

Answer:Solved: Vista recovery disks

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I'll be getting these disks in the mail within the next day or so. (shipped from HP on 1/6,)
The HP tech guy advised me to get help determining whether xp failure was due to hardware or sofware issues and I hope someone can assist me with this. here is a link to the original problem:http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/890233-solved-windows-wont-load.html

here is my computer info:
HP dx2000 Computer and Monitor
Processor: Intel Celeron 2.53 GHz
Ram: 512 MB
Hardrive: 40 GB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/sp3

Thank you.
 

Answer:Solved: need help installing xp pro sp2 recovery disks

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Will a regular backup to an external hard drive (using Windows 7's backup tool) replace the need for recovery disks? Or do recovery disks have something else to offer? (Basically: if I'm already backing my system up to an external hard drive, do I need to worry about making recovery disks too?)

I've already got a system repair disk and a set of recovery disks from when I first got the computer. The Backup and Restore tool says "Contents [to be backed up]: Files in libraries and personal folders for all users and system image"

Answer:[SOLVED] HDD Backup vs Recovery Disks

Yes, I believe that restoring from a system image can only be run from the recovery disks. The disks are a great thing to have regardless, so I'd definitely hold onto them.

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Hello- I'venever posted herebefore, but have used your solutions successfully several times in the past. I'm in a terrible dilemna!

HP Pavilion a1630n Media Center started flickering then rebooting itself yesterday. Today,it was shutting down more frequently.
I checked the event logs for anything that would tell me what was going on.Nothing there helped me.
I tried to bring it up in Safe Mode - but it would not enter Safe Mode.
Finally I decided to do a system recovery. I HAD made the recovery diskettes when pc was purchased and I have had to use them about 2 yrs ago and they worked like a charm. The msg told me that the recovery was successfully completed. I turned on the PC - nothing but an error msg: System Configuration Error - Code Purple." WHAT IS THAT?

I've done some research on it and have found a fix for it, but I cannot get the PC to boot since I don't have an XP CD. I decided I would just go ahead and do a complete system restore if I had to. Started the restore with the CD #1, and it never made it to CD#2. Get an error "PC Recovery Disks do not support this pc model." AAghhh!

I really don't know what to do now. Am I doomed?? Thanks ahead for taking the time to help me with this mess.

~Kathy~
 

Answer:Solved: PC Recovery Disks Error-I Need Help Please

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Had hard drive go out so replaced it and run the recovery disks. Reloaded all the drivers and every thing checks out. But still cannot access the internet. Talk to my isp provider Charter and they said every thing is Ok and should take it in to Bestbuy or some other repair place. Just wondering if I should scrap it out. Hate to because every thing else is working fine. Any help would sure be appreciated. Thanks,
Pete

Answer:[SOLVED] No internet after using XP Pro recovery disks

Hi and welcome to TSF make and model of the computer please can you also tell us how you installed the drivers ie in which order

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Op disks lost..laptop shot due to improper maintenance.. need to reformat and have not restore disks... any hope?
 

Answer:Solved: Vaio Op Sys Recovery disks lost

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If I download Service Pack 3 will my System Recovery Disks still work. I downloaded service pack 3 when it first came out.

When I run SFC /SCANNOW in "RUN" it scans but then a window pops up asking me to insert my Windows Professional XP Service Pack 3cd. When I insert my System Recovery Disc #3 it say I've inserted the wrong disc.

Is it because originally my Windows came with service pack 2? Isn't it the System Recovery Disc that it's asking for or another disc?
thx
 

Answer:Solved: Will System Recovery Disks Still Work?

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I recently purchased a new computer with Windows7 and no where in the setup process was i instructed to create system recovery disks. I have now loaded all of my programs, printer, scanner etc and thought perhaps I better take care of creating the system recovery disks before I forgot. When I started the process, the first thing I saw was a statement"

It is important to create the system recovery disks before using your computer

Just how important is that step? I have had the computer for one week so of course have used it to register software, create some documents etc.

What will happen if I go ahead and create the disks and then need to use them in the future sometime?
 

Answer:Solved: Creating System Recovery Disks W7

The typical recovery discs made using the computer manufacturer's software wiil restore the computer hard drive to fresh from the factory conditions. Any software you installed and files you saved after purchasing the computer will not be recovered. There is third party software available that can create a snapshot of the current hard drive contents and burn it to CDs or DVDs. You can then use those disc to restore all contents as they were they day you made the discs.

If you do not make the backup discs, you will have problems getting the computer running if you ever have the need to replace the hard drive or a virus trashes the hard drive contents. At that point, you would either need to purchase recovery discs from the manufacturer, if still available, or purchase and install a full version of Windows and then hunt down the hardware drivers.
 

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Hello!
I have a new Dell Inspiron 620MT with Windows 7 and have just run the Setup procedures. This included the creation of 3 DVD's for Recovery Disks. My hard drive has 33 GB of content as delivered, including Microsoft Office Home and Business and several "freebies" Dell includes. The setup told me my 3 DVD's include 10.88GB, I "think" but am not sure Setup told me it was using compression to load the DVD's.
What is the content of these 3 DVD's, please? I've called Dell multiple times and get conflicting, contradictory and changing answers to my question? I am wondering if it is ONLY Windows 7 or is it some partial or complete set of everything on my hard drive?
Unrelated, Dell support sent me a flash drive of Windows 7 restore software that is "bootable." I looked at it and it contains only 4GB. That is why I am thinking there may be more content on the 3 DVD's 10.88 GB.
I simply want to know what I have as a base in the way of backup BEFORE I migrate everything from my 7 year very old Dell Dimension 3000.
Thank you to whoever can help me move forward.

Askquestions59
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 7: Recovery Disc Content when created by Dell Inspiron setup

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Tried to use Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 and on request to partition got message 'New partition cannot be created probably all primary slots are occupied.' There are two identified partitions, Logical (c)Pimary Formatted 186GB and logical(*)primary not formatted 251Mb 2049.9Gb i.d. 0x88 linux partition plain text table 0free.

I have not attempted any disk management operations since purchase. How do I get my space to put my newly aquired Vista? What effect will deleting partition(*) have.
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Answer:Satellite A100-998: Partition cannot be created using Paragon Partition Manager

Hello

I will try to clarify situation on your HDD. as far as I know your notebook is delivered with preinstalled ???Media Express Player???. This is small ???Linux-based??? application and it is installed on small unallocated partition (about 250 MB). Please leave it at it is.

Primary located partition can be reduced for about 40%. On this 40% you leave you can install Vista OS. On this way you will have two operating systems and every time you start your notebook Boot ???manager will ask you which OS you want to start.

When you start Vista installation setup will ask you where the Vista should be installed. Choose please this second partition.

Please report us the results.

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

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

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Lenovo'ers I just got my ThinkPad a week ago. It could not complete its Windows Updates, seems there was corruption in the Windows Update registry (google 'windows update error 643', seems to be common). I tried a few Microsoft support tools to correct it, but in the end I was wasting too much time so decided to restore my laptop to factory state. I went to the ThinkPad tools from the Start Menu, where there was a tool to create system restore disks. I went through that process, and created "Boot" and "Data" recovery disks. I rebooted my laptop with the boot DVD, and it started the recovery. I opted to do a full factory reset. It started going through the process, but then stopped and asked  for the "Application and Drivers Disk 1". What? The disk creation process only produced a "Boot" and "Data" disk. I tried using the Data disk for Disk #1, and was relieved when that worked. Sadly, the process continued until it stopped again and asks for Application and Driver disk #2. Sadly, the 'Data' disk  does not work for this, and the restore process refuses to continue. I am stuck. My machine is now in a completely unusable state. The original parition has been wiped out, and the OS is not installed. Two questions: 1) what is wrong with the recovery process? Seems like a major problem with the tool producing 'Boot' and 'Data' disks, while the reinstaler expects different disks. How can this be?2) how can I restore my machine to factory s... Read more

Answer:T530 Recovery Process Broken, I have Boot and Data disks not Application and Drivers disks 1 and 2

Hello and welcome,
 
Sorry to hear about this
 
Your recovery partition is probably already wiped out by the aborted restore, but what happens if you press the "Think" button during boot?  (or whatever it's called these days)  That might have given you a factory restore option _before_ you tried the DVDs.
 
Failing that, give support a call and explain the situation.  They can send you a DVD set.  They normally charge for these, but in a situation like yours they are often provided free.  I can't speak for Lenovo - that's just my personal experience.
 

United States
THINK-branded products
English
1-800-426-7378
24 hours/day7 days/week

 
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I'm selling my laptop and there are a few people interested in it. The thing is, I no longer have the recovery disks for Windows XP nor do I have my Microsoft Office 2007 CD or the Adobe Photoshop CS3 CD. I had them for a while and lost them when I moved to college. The potential buyers are interested in my laptop because I have Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 as well as Adobe Photoshop CS3. So if I do a complete wipe with DBAN, it will wipe my entire HD clean, correct? Is it possible to wipe certain parts of the hard drive and not others?Is there a way for me to sell my laptop while keeping Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 and Photoshop on there without compromising my security? I can't reformat or wipe my whole laptop due to missing recovery disks. I know simply deleting everything isn't "safe" but is that enough? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Help! Selling Laptop But Missing Recovery Disks and Software Disks

 1 You can wipe the drive [totally] with software. 2 or you can buy a Windows cd & format the drive, this is not a foolproof wipe like #1. I dont know how important is is to you?

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i have had to replace my hardrive on my tablet now only to discover. I can no longer use the tablet as i don't have the nesecary software or drivers. I have been on Toshiba web site but can not find what I am looking for. I am now using Win xp media center on it.

I have also tried Win Xp and downloading the drivers but do not work. Can anyone tell me where to get the recovery disks and tablet editon for this laptop?

thanks

Answer:Portege M200: recovery disks and Win Xp tablet disks needed

Hello ez

Contact Authorized Toshiba service partner in your country. They can order for you original recovery media. The installation is very easy and everything will be work perfectly again.

Bye

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I was trying to make a set of of system recovery disks(Win7) but was unable to finish the last 2 out of 3 disks needed due to write errors on low quality DVD's. When I got a new set of DVD-R disks to finish the job, I found that the Recovery Disk Creation program starts off where it ended. I need to be able to start the disk creation from the beginning but the disk creation program won't let me do this. Is there a way?
 

Answer:Solved: Creating system recovery disks for Win7

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I am trying to create recovery disks / system disks for an old laptop running Vista hp, but whenever I try Vista wants to back up all my personal files as well as the system.

Is there a way round this? Clearly it requires far more time and many more disks to do this.

I could back up personal files to ExtHD first then delete them from the machine and try again. Does this sound reasoable?

Any suggestions gratefully received.
 

Answer:Solved: Recovery disks Vista home premium

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Hi.

I have an old machine from 2005: XP SP3 with AMD Athlon64 3200+, 1GB RAM, 128MB ATI Radeon graphics....

I have the original recovery CD (but not the actual XP install CD); is it possible to boot from this disk and return to the "factory defaults" from that first day I bought the machine? I have backed up all data with DriveImage XML so I can return all the (limited) personal information but I would really like the rest of the C drive to be erased.

All the family now have laptops or desktop PCs for work and communications so it's not critical to have it fully-working within a couple of hours and all software loaded etc.

My sister once accidentally performed a system restore from the recovery partition and the sound drivers were uninstalled. Are things like this likely to happen restoring from the recovery CD?

Thanks for any advice, I don't want to completely screw this up
 

Answer:Solved: Recovery disks to clean hard drive?

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Hello,

My kids were playing on the PC and low and behold, it now doesn't work!! My own fault , I know!!
I strongly suspect that they have removed a file , root>\system32\hal.dll, so I went to my recovery disks, first time it work, restored windows although all the programs had been wiped, so I powered down with a view to do it the following day, when I powered up again the first page on the screen in the boot process comes on just shows "compaq" with the F options underneath, I cannot go into safe mode, F8 does nothing, it's like the keyboard isn't linked up to the monitor.
I have contacted HP, and they advised me to replace the CMOS battery which I have, still not working, I have also bought another windows reboot disk, nothing works.....any ideas.
I have a Hewlett Packcard Pressario SR1000, with win xp home edition.

The only other thing my laptop is networked through the desktop, the printer won't work, but my internet hub is connected through the desktop and my laptop is working off that....which seems slightly strange??

Any help would be appreciated.

FAb mum
 

Answer:Solved: Windows XP wont boot from recovery disks

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I have a Gateway NV7802U with Windows 7 64-bit. I was on the computer...everything was fine then out of nowhere firefox crashed and an error screen came up but disappeared before I could even read it. Restarted and the same problem, windows would appear to load but crash and restart. Then, I would just get a black screen that had a loading bar saying windows loading...when it finished it would just go to the Gateway logo and restart, never went anywhere. Now the screen is just black on start-up. Twice I've had something pop up on the screen for a second, but it disappears, so its not the screen. I'm trying to use the system recovery disks but I can't, when I start the computer the screen stays black, it makes minimal noise and the cd drive doesnt usually run, even if it does, nothing shows up. I have no idea where to even go from here, any ideas ?

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't use system recovery disks, black screen ?

what are you running
video card
cpu
m/board
ram
power supply
brand
model
wattage

check the listings in the bios for voltages and temperatures and post them

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

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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Hey guys I want to upgrade my gf's computer by putting in a new hdd that is double the size of her current hdd. She has a dell which has two partitions, one which is where the os is located and the other one has a recovery partition which is activated when I press ctrl+f11 at boot up. The recovery partition is a ghost software just for further information. I read something on this thread http://www.techsupportforum.com/f16/...on-156796.html . I plan to use drive image xml to do the clones. What I plan to do is to clone each partition one at a time and than restore it on the new hdd which would have the same C: partion for the OS the D: for the recovery partition. The question that I have is if when I complete the restoring of both the partitions, will I be able to activate the recovery partition just by pressing ctrl+f11 as I did with the original hdd? The reason that I am asking is because pressing ctrl+f11 is the only way to use the recovery partition when it is needed. Thank you.

Answer:[SOLVED] Cloning HDD with OS partition and recovery partition

You have to also clone the MBR and partition table. Or you might be able to use the tool from the following web site to restore the Dell proprietary MBR:
Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition

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Hi, last month my system hard disk got crashed and when I again installed the windows 7. It worked for some day. Now it is saying os not found. When I again tried to install the window, I notice that instead of original partitions it is showing two new partition. I'm not sure if it is a hardware problem or some type of virus. Need your expetise.
Help appreciated. ...

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I had Antivirus system pro take over my pc, i tryed everything to remove it no luck.
Now i just want to reinstall XP FROM MY RECOVERY CD'S.
I have Ibm netvista. when i insert the recovery cd, when i go to
'My computer" and click on drive "D", i can only see a bunch of files in a folder. How do i use recovery cd's?
I went into Bios, but nowhere there is an option to boot up from cd.
I cant do "System restore" ii's disabled
I cannot use "Task manager" disabled
I am being redirected to porn website's whenever i go to use internet
I just want erase everything and do a fresh install

Answer:[SOLVED] Reinstall issue after using Recovery Disks [moved from Security]

Hi -

It seems the NetVista can be a bit difficult to find the right location in BIOS to change boot order. It might be helpful to know the exact model.

If you're set on restoring the machine, which is often for the best, see if this link helps, scroll down to number 3.

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...id=MIGR-4Y67L9


Also, see if these instructions I found work for you.

Boot up PC
Press F1 to enter BIOS screen
Press Enter on Startup Options
Press Enter on Startup Sequence
Use Arrow keys to change boot order

Or, slightly more detailed:

1) Shut down the operating system and turn off your computer.
2) Press and hold down the F1 key, and then turn on the computer.
3) When an IBM or other logo is displayed or if you hear repeating beeps, release the F1 key. The IBM BIOS Setup Utility will start.
4) Select "Start Options" from the first menu.
5) From the Start Options menu, press <Enter> on the top bullet labeled "Startup Sequence" (it is above all the other options). This brings up a new "Startup Sequence" menu.
6) Change boot order as needed using arrow keys.

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If you need further assistance, and want only to reinstall, you'd be better off posting for help in the Windows XP section of the forum, as this section is for malware removal.

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After helping my daughter to set up a new Acer Aspire Timeline laptop, I left when the recovery DVDs were in the process of being burned. I had an anxious phone message later to say that the last (4th) disk had been completed and ejected but that the software remained unremovable on the screen - could not be closed. The laptop had to be shut down via Windows Task Manager. It restarted OK. The question is, can I be sure that the final recovery disk has been closed properly or have I got to go through the process again to make sure - it takes ages.
Has anyone experienced this before, please?
Steve
 

Answer:Solved: Problem making Acer Aspire recovery disks

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I'm replacing the hard drive in a Toshiba Satellite A200 running
Vista Home basic OS.
The owner of the machine does not have recovery disks.
Her brother has an identical laptop.

Can I make a recovery disk using her brothers identical machine
or will the recovery disk be tied to its own product key,

cheers
Gerry
 

Answer:Solved: Make Toshiba recovery disks from identical computer ?

Just had a reply from Toshiba Support

"Yes, if the machines are both the same Model, just use the recovery disk creator to make a set of disks which will be able to be used in either machine."
 

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I made 3 recovery disks for my hp laptop and ever since i posted the "my laptop wont turn on" ive been having problems with system recovery.
i want to system recovery, put the first disk in, formated the hard drive, let the recovery manager put the disk files on the laptop, and let it restart. now what do i do, there are 4 options. i need to do the other 2 disks, and if i try to use the computer, a popup says "system not fully installed. run setup again." Now what should i do? my parents hate windows vista and i dont want to put factory installations and stuff back on it, because it had vista.
 

Answer:Solved: Why Cant I REcover My hP Laptop With Multiple Homemade recovery Disks?

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I am Currently having problems Reading DVD-R's I Created on my M-30 Laptop. Would appriciate any solutions, Ideas, Suggestion anyone might have.

The Problem
My DVD-Rw Drive Refuses to recognise any DVD-R That I wrote using the same drive and the included Drag & Drop Software. It just refuses to recognise them, and when queried just says that the disk must be damaged or corrupted. All the disks tested (all 8 of them) worked correctly on three other machines, so that rules out a problem with the disks.
Also while it does not read written disks, it does recognise blank DVD-R's and does allow me to write to them. indeed afetr writing and verifing 2 discs, one with Drag & drop, the other with WinDVD Creater 2, the system refused to recognise them. They however worked correctly on other machines.

The drive was working correctly before that, and no major changes were made to the system. It also Continues to recognise and read commercially recorded DVD-ROMS.

Would appriciate any ideas,suggestions, solutions to this.

Answer:Problems Reading Self Created DVD-R Disks on Satellite M30

Hi bbusybookworm,

that not easy to give any advice, but lets try...

Which Service Pack is installed ? SP1 or SP2.

So far as I know,if you installed SP2, you have to make some Software Updates of Preinstalled Programs.

How many burn programs are installed, Drag&Drop, WinDVD Creator. What else ?

It could be possible that some programs hamber each other.

I had this problem with Roxio Products and "Alcohol", for example.

bye

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how can i pull only my pictures from the 5 back up disks that i created for my laptop computer?

Answer:Pull only pictures from 5 backup disks created

It depends on what you used to create the back-up disks. If you are referring to the manufacturer's reinstallation disks that you are nagged to create then they won't have your pictures on anyway, they are just system installation. If you used a program to do it - Norton, Acronis or whatever, then with some you can extract individual files, some you can't."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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Do you know why windows XP reinstall created extra removable disks?
My original hard drive crashed and I bought a new one. I reinstall windows xp pro and it created 4 extra removable disks on the installation. Removable disk c, d, e and f. the two dvd drives are g and h. Then I have logical drive i. Why and can I remove the removable drives?
 

Answer:Why windows XP reinstall created extra removable disks?

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Does anyone know why windows XP reinstall created extra removable disks?My original hard drive crashed and I bought a new one.  I reinstall windows xp pro and it created 4 extra removable disks on the installation.  Removable disk c, d, e and f.  the two dvd drives are g and h.  Then I have logical drive i.  Why and can I remove the removable drives?

Answer:Anyone know why windows XP reinstall created extra removable disks?

Can you give us a screenshot of what it looks like in My Computer?(Press the Print Screen button on the keyboard near the backspace button and paste it into Paint. Save it and attach it to your next post.)

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

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

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

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I have a set of configuration builder CD's (Disk 1 and Disk 2) for Windows 2000 Professional that I had with a Toshiba Laptop computer. The laptop computer was stolen but I still have the disks. Is there any way I can use them to install that operating system on a desktop computer?
 

Answer:Solved: Solved: Use recovery disks?

Not legally. System builder discs are married to the machine on which they were originally installed and cannot be installed on another system.
 

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I am stressed

I have made sets of recovery disks on HPs and Gateways etc. A friend of mine just bought an Acer computer. Vista, Where does he go to make his set of recovery disks in case he ever needs them. like Start>Accessories>systemtools or where do you go? I can't find it, then also he bought the computer at wal-mart when you buy from a store like that it should already be activated shouldn't it?and my last question is it came with 2 sticks of RAM 1 GIG Each, the computer has 4 slots for ram. The guy at wal-mart sold him anther 2 gigs of ram but on one stick. With 4 slots and the first two haveing 1 gig sticks in them shouldn't he add two more stick of one gig each to make his 4 gigs? the 2 gig stick they game him doesn't look like the first two, it is as long but only half as wide as the two that arre in the computer? anyway, I put is serial number in the acer site and it won't let me pull nothing up so I can check on this stuff. It is a B32350 IT SAYS ASPIRE M1100 Can someone at least help with where to make the recovery disk at on this acer?
 

Answer:Solved: Windows Vista home premium-where to find you place to make the recovery disks

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Hi there people. First post so sorry if it's in the wrong place or anything. I've had as much of a search as I can and haven't found anyone with quite the same situation as me. The questions come at the end of the rambling background to my problem!!! Hope you can make it through to the end! My E520 recently just went beyond it's warranty and surprise surprise fairly soon after that I got a warning through ThinkVantage that there was a problem with my internal hard drive. When I googled the problem it said that the hard drive was going to fail and to replace it immediately.  As I (like an idiot) hadn't got round to backing up my computer properly (I'd saved all music, photos and videos to a seperate hard drive but hadn't done a Rescue and Recovery or Windows back up) I went out and bought a seperate hard drive to back up the computer and some disks to create the recovery boot disks.  When I went to the Q drive to do this I misunderstood the question about do I want to create a data back up disk. I thought this meant all my media so I said no and created just the boot recovery disks.  So my question (told you I'd get there) is this. When I replace the internal hard drive and use the boot disks to install windows will I then be able to use the Lenovo Rescue and Recovery to restore my computer to it's former glory? Or will the fact that I'm not restoring the Lenovo skin (sorry if my terminology is wrong here. Not sure what to call it) ... Read more

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So as soon as I got my brand new Y50-70, and before doing anything on this laptop (not even installing new software), I went tried OneKey Recovery only to discover that it is broken. I then tried my luck with Windows Recovery (the one provided with every Windows 8.1 copy, not unique to Lenovo): I first went through system image creation on a recovery drive (1TB WD Elements USB HDD): 1. Find it on Control Panel: 2: Select it (Recovery option):3. Create a recovery drive:  4.  Selected the F: drive (1TB, it's not a *flash* drive just an ordinary USB hdd, does it matter?): 5. Got a nice warning (indeed, this process reformatted the drive, to 32GB only, why 32GB and not the full 1TB?)  Now... let's see if I can restore from this newly created system image: 1. Rebooted from the newly created Recovery Drive (it actually boots!): 2. Selected "Use a device", then received this menu: 3. I selected EFI USB Device. It then went to an intermediate Lenovo boot splash: 4. And shortly after that (without me doing anything) a new prompt, to choose a language: 5. I selected English and then, got prompted for keyboard layout: 6. The system then system to restart again from the Recovery Drive, only to prompt me again with the "Choose an Option" screen (as in step #1). So, I selected "Troubleshoot" this time: 7. I then selected "Advanced options", and received this screen: 8. I then selected S... Read more

Answer:Windows Recovery: Backup created and recovery drive boots but can't find system image (Y50)

The reason that the Windows recovery program could not find a backup image is that you did not make one. What you have made is a recovery drive. What you should do is click "System Image Backup" located at the bottom left portion of the File History menu.

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Hopefully someone assist: I have a z61t running XPPro The Recovery CDs (7 discs) were not recognized by the Rescue and Recovery program. It tells me to insert the Last Disc in the series, but nothing is recognized from all the CDs. I performed CD boot from the first Recovery CD; was prompted to insert the last disc but nothing is recognized. How would I go about restoring my system to factory settings, since the created Recovery CDs seem to be useless. Any suggestions?  

Answer:z61t - Created Recovery CDs not recognized by Rescue and Recovery Program

ojomon, welcome to the forum,
 
If you created a recovery cd set you will need to boot from the boot cd you also created, this was the first one. 

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

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

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

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Following Mark's suggestion in the shipping thread I thought I'd get this started here.  I noticed a couple of people talking about making recovery disks, and then someone else jumped in and said that a bootable disk and maybe a few others should have come with the machine.  Can someone clarify?  Were we supposed to get (for example) an XP boot/install CD with the machine, or not?  I got nothing with mine, but I have a whole bunch of extra stuff on the hard drive.Damien

Answer:Recovery disks, boot disks etc

Generally no recovery cds/dvds are included in the box. It would appear that sometimes there have been XP recovery sets included with some Vista TPs, but this is not the "rule". Sets can be ordered from Lenovo and may be liable to cost something.It is up to the user to create his/her own recovery set using the tool provided in -Start - Programs - Think Vantage - Create Recovery Media. Be sure to create a set, lower part of the window, and not just a boot cd, upper part of the window.

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Hello all.. I'm trying to access the recovery partition on an HP hard drive that is corrupt. I can put the hard drive as a slave drive in another pc and XP will read it. What I want to do is copy the recovery files from the bad drive to the master drive then burn them to a cd so I can use it to set up the new hard drive in the HP.. How do I find and access this partition that is "hidden" ? Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Recovery partition

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I'll bet this is simple to do, and I am just afraid to do it (and don't know how).

I just did a clean install of Win 7. My HP computer has a Recovery Partition (drive D). Since I no longer care about restoring the computer to the state it was in when I bought it (back to Vista), how do I get rid of the partition. Do I just delete the contents of the partition, and then re-partition my hard drive, or are the contents of the partition protected against deletion. I will make a disk image of the new W7 install to use in case I need to restore my new OS and programs.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Dick
 

Answer:Solved: How To Get Rid Of Recovery Partition

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I have a XP home operating system which I put on a older machine. I have one partition(C
My friend has a machine with XP on it .This machine has two partitions on it.One is (C the other is (DRecovery. What is this? Should I format my machine to have this Recovery partition on it? What is on this (D Recovery partition anyway? Probably is a stupid Question to ask but I didn't want to tell my friend (Pride)......THANKS.....Have a good productive day........
 

Answer:Solved: Xp Recovery Partition

A recovery partition is put on by the manufacturer. It allows the user to restore the computer to the condition it was when they bought it. Basically it's an image file and a program to restore it.

An example would be Dell. On a lot of Dell's pressing CTRL+F11 on start up will invoke a recovery program to restore the computer from the recovery partition.

You don't need this. What would be better would be to create an image on an external HDD using imaging software of your choice such as Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect Free.
 

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Hi,
I'm just coming up to replace the HDD in my Compaq Desktop, but have run into a snag.
I have just remembered that the original HDD has a Recovery Partition, so do I need the partition?
Or can I just install the new drive, and have a single partition?

I have the recovery discs, so will they install the partition on the new drive?
I'm not sure.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Recovery Partition? Do I need it?

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How can you tell if your Recovery Partition is in fact OK?
 

Answer:Solved: Recovery Partition?

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Hi, I have a just purchased the ThinkPad E550. I want to create recovery disks for the system. I have already upgraded the laptop to Windows 10 (system came with Windows 7). There is no OneKey Recovery icon that I can find, and I understand that this may not be available for anythign above Windows 7. How do I create the recovery disks? Thanks

Answer:How to create recovery disks for ThinkPad E550 with Windows 10 and no OneKey Recovery option

Hi srm17,
Welcome to Lenovo Community.
Does this help?  http://www.techradar.com/us/how-to/software/operating-systems/how-to-create-a-windows-10-recovery-di...

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

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

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

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 I am doing a fresh install in the following rather than cloning because the system has not been reinstalled for 4yrs.  From an external usb CD drive (internal drive removed) I installed the recovery disks onto a 160GB Samsung HM160HC PATA drive with no problem .  Then clicked the restart button.  My T42 booted right back into the opening page of the Rescue and Recovery routine.  On restarting again I used F12 to get the list of drives and selected the Samsung HDD.  This did not help.  Have repeated startup numerous times.  The computer could not be looking at any other drive because the Samsung is the only one connected.  I am tempted to download Lenovo's available BIOS update while logged-in with the old 30GB drive regardless of the fact that my  Embedded Controller Program is ver 3.04 and supposed to be suitable for the 160GB drive upgrade.  If anyone has a suggestion please let me know.













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Answer:T42 HDD upgrade- Recovery disks install but hard drive only boots to Rescue and Recovery routine.

Welcome to the forum!
 
Wipe the hard drive clean.
 
Boot from the first (Rescue & Recovery CD) and follow the prompts. You'll have 7 more CDs to go through (5 for the earlier version).
 
Once the process is complete, the machine will instruct you to remove the final CD and reboot. At that point, you should be able to boot from the hard drive with no interaction required.
 
Good luck.

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I wasn't quite sure how to word the thread title, but I hope this will explain things.

I have a couple different computers on my home network and it seems one of the HDDs on my older machine (AMD 64 win 7 ultimate) which has the OS on it died. Not a big deal really, I know how to deal with that, but that computer also houses another HDD that contains music. Basically all it was used for was music storage and was accessed via my home network to my stereo.

So, with that, now the music computer (lets call it) isn't up and running, so I cannot access my music obviously. I removed the music HDD and found out my other computer (the one I am on now) can't hold another HDD internally, again, not really a big deal. I went and bought an external case so I could hook the music HDD via USB 2.0 for the sole purpose of copying my music files to this computer or simply just accessing them to play until I can get the other back up and running after the weekend. It's the long weekend here and we have a bunch of people coming over for the weekend and I'd like to be able to access my music.

My computer sees the music HDD and sees the files no problem. I can even play the music files, but I have to access them via > my computer > H Drive: > music folder > artist folder > select all > play. I would rather have all the music in my media players libraries for the ease of access and the fact I won't have to go up and down the stairs each time I want... Read more

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