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How to replace Vista recovery partition

Q: How to replace Vista recovery partition

I upgraded my Asus Vista laptop to windows 7. I have completely removed Windows Vista from my system except for the Vista recovery partition (restores the computer to factory settings) which still remains. So when Ii needed to use the recovery partition it installed Vista back on my computer and I needed to install Windows 7 all over again. Is there any way to replace the Vista recovery partition with a new Windows 7 recovery partition? So if i need to use the recovery partition my computer installs windows 7 not Vindow Vista.

The Vista recovery Partition is hidden on my computer.

For my comp info just check my system specs.

Admins, feel free to move the post if i have posted it in the wrong section.

Thanks, Simon

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A: How to replace Vista recovery partition

Hi Simon-

Make your Vista recovery disks so you have a path back to factory condition in case you want to sell the computer but keep Win7.

Next boot the Win7 DVD, press Shift F10 to open a Command Line, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (confirm this is target HD #)
CLEAN ALL (applies zeroes for deepest clean, takes awhile)

Now boot back into Win7 installer to Custom install using Drive tools to create New partition(s) as you wish, format before installing to first partition.

There is no need to create a Win7 Recovery Partition on the same HD as they do at factory since with built-in Win7 backup imaging you can save an image of your finished install externally so that it will be useable if the HD fails.

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If you have a recovery drive - that includes the recovery partition - made on one computer, but have a toshiba laptop with a bad drive (but the recovery partition is ok), can you replace/copy the partition on the recovery drive with the recovery partition from the bad laptop HD?

My friend's laptop would not boot, and would not factory recover, reset, or refresh. I tried to clone the hard drive before I started messing with the disc. It would not clone, but I was able to copy the recovery partition to a USB drive.

He never make recovery discs, so could not re-install, but I can borrow the recovery drive that my aunt made for her laptop.

A:replace recovery partition in recovery drive?

There may be a couple problems with that. The Factory Image is too large to be just copied to a Fat32 partition, so it has to be divided in sections. You could do that using DISM and put the .swm files in the sources folder. Not even a guess as to whether it would work.

There is other information concerning the configuration of the computer making the recovery drive. If it was made on a different computer, that info would probably be incorrect and not allow a reset.

I have never tried, but you might be able to copy the Factory image to a drive formatted as NTFS and then set the recovery to look for that file for a reset. Maybe you have already copied the entire recovery partition...

If you assume the factory image is the same for both systems, can you copy the entire Recovery Image partition from the bad drive to the good drive?

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I purchased a sony vaio VISTA vgnww130j/s in October as my computer died. It came with a free upgrade to windows 7 which I have done.

I would like to replace the recovery partition with windows 7 so that I don't have to carry around the upgrade CD's and make system restore a longer process than it needs to be.

Sony says that you can remove the recovery partition but not change it.

I am even willing to purchase a new windows 7 full install cd/dvd just to be able to do this, even though I already own a license.

Any constructive thoughts?

A:replace vaio recovery partition with windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF here are some links to info,I have not tried this so cannot confirm anything http://en.kioskea.net/faq/4093-windo...very-partition

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Is there a way to boot directly off of D:(recovery partition) so i can restore my gateway laptop to factory settings? Right now I get a "BOOTMGR is missing" error message. The C: drive is completely gone, but like i said, the recovery partition is intact.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I tried hitting f11 at startup to bring up gateways recovery menu, but again nothing. I have the windows vista recovery environment disc also if that helps.

A:Formatted Windows Vista partition, but i still have the Recovery partition on D:

There are files on c: used by the recovery partition on d:

Boot with your Vista recovery DVD and reinstall Vista.

Regards. . .



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

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

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My Gateway Vista 32 laptop has recently had a failing hard drive. I even lost the ability to signon as my admin user, due to an unwriteable sector, could only get on as Guest, also sustained many crashes. I was able to save all my data (long story) including thousands of email. I have gotten a new Win 7 laptop with 500g HD, but I can no longer run my AmiPro 16 bit software which ran great on my Vista 32, and which is important to me.

In recovering my data, I removed my 130 gig hard drive and placed it in a StarTech ATA Hard Drive Docking Station, where it still runs very well connected by USB to my Win 7 laptop where it shows as drives E (recovery) and F (old C drive). Using it as a secondary partition on my Win 7 laptop allowed me to access the User admin data I hadn't been able to access before, so I was able to recover tens of thousands of my old emails. And I'm quite sure that the Recovery partition there is in good shape.

Therefore, my plan is to repair my Gateway Vista by installing a new SSD hard drive. But I have no experience in doing this, so hope for some help.

1. First I will try to make a clone of the recovery partition on a DVD or CD. How?

2. Then I will install the new SSD hard drive into the Gateway Vista 32 computer.

3. Then I will reload windows from the CD of the recovery partition. How?

4. Then I will go on line to windows update to get all the updates since 2008 when I got this computer.

5. Where do I get updated drivers? How?

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A:Want to replace failing hard drive with SSD on Vista 32 with Recovery partiton

I still haven't gotten any help, just advertisements. So I'm still on step 1. How do I create a bootable CD from my Recovery partition on my original HD which is in my external docking station as the E drive? Any advice?

Originally Posted by ralphyde

My Gateway Vista 32 laptop has recently had a failing hard drive. I even lost the ability to signon as my admin user, due to an unwriteable sector, could only get on as Guest, also sustained many crashes. I was able to save all my data (long story) including thousands of email. I have gotten a new Win 7 laptop with 500g HD, but I can no longer run my AmiPro 16 bit software which ran great on my Vista 32, and which is important to me.

In recovering my data, I removed my 130 gig hard drive and placed it in a StarTech ATA Hard Drive Docking Station, where it still runs very well connected by USB to my Win 7 laptop where it shows as drives E (recovery) and F (old C drive). Using it as a secondary partition on my Win 7 laptop allowed me to access the User admin data I hadn't been able to access before, so I was able to recover tens of thousands of my old emails. And I'm quite sure that the Recovery partition there is in good shape.

Therefore, my plan is to repair my Gateway Vista by installing a new SSD hard drive. But I have no experience in doing this, so hope for some help.

1. First I will try to make a clone of the recovery partition on a DVD or CD. How?

2. Then ... Read more

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hello , i bought a Dell computer a couple years ago
that had vista premium installed and i was
able to get a free win7 disk from from dell
because it was right at the time win 7 was
introduced .

anyway the vista recovery partition is still on the drive
and was wanting to know how to revert the computer
back to the way it left factory .

sense i installed 7 it doesn't have the restore option
on boot up it wants to reboot win7 instead of from the
partition that vista is on .

i thought about formatting the c: partition but don't
know if that would bring back restore options from the
other vista partition .

so is vista still able to be reinstalled or is it lost
for good ?

any advice is appreciated .

A:win 7 & vista recovery partition

We can give you better advice if you post a screenshot of your expanded disk management layout as it will show what you still have on your hard drive.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I recently upgraded to Windows 7 via a clean install. I was just wondering if the old Vista recovery partition is still used or needed. It never seemed to deviate from using 6.33GB which has made me wonder if it is still used. Is it safe to delete the contents and use it for documents etc..?

Thanks in advance, Phil.

A:Old Vista Recovery Partition

The only thing it could do for you is to restore you to Vista.

If you don't ever want to do that, then the partition has no purpose.

I don't know offhand how easy it will be to delete, but you can try from Windows 7 Disk Management. If the recovery partition shows up on the far left, you will be left with 6 gigs of unallocated space if you delete the partition.

You can then recover that 6 gigs and add it back to your other partitions with third party software.

If the recovery partition is not on the far left in Disk Managment, you should be able to add the unallocated space back to an existing partition without using third party software--probably directly from Disk Management.

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Is there a way to create a recovery partition, like what hp has? but from an OEM version of Vista?

A:Creating a recovery partition from Vista OEM?

Only if the OEM copy of the OS includes the tools to do it.

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I am running a Gateway FX4710 with Windows Vista 64 bit oem installed on it. Within the Gateway Recovery Program, I have found that I am only able to create factory recovery disks in the event that I ever need to return to factory defaults. My question is: how am I able to create a Windows Vista Installation Disk for my copy of Vista? I do have a recovery partition on my hard drive. Does the recovery program have an option to create just a copy of vista?

A:Vista Installation DVD from Recovery Partition

Download the free macrium reflect. Make an image of your hard drive and put in on an external drive.
Once a month update. If you ever want to have a problem, use the image to go back exactly the way you were on that date, with everything, even updates installed.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Trust me, what I am suggesting is even better that what you wanted.

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HP has a D:/ partition with the RECOVERY data in for reinstalling windows and reverting back to original factory settings. Before using the recovery I had saved my music and pictures folders into the drive D where the recovery is because I thought it would still be there after recovery. However, after recovery and reinstallation of windows vista the drive D does not show the music and pictures folder I had saved into it. Even so, I can tell that the folders are there because I attempted to create a folder with the name "music" or "pitures" it tells me there is already a folder with the same names on this drive. Also, the drive D shows increased used space. How can I retrieve my folders or at least delete them from the recovery drive? Thank you.

A:Solved: HP Vista Recovery Partition help

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Hi All

I have a hp laptop dv6615em, I don't have have recovery disks with me. Couple of months back I upgraded vista to window 7. Can I recover my laptop to factory setting window vista. When i press f11 or f10 key at booting time no recovery option comes. There is no hp recovery sign in laptop anywhere apart from HP RECOVERY PARTITION.
Can I restore my hp laptop to factory setting using HP RECOVERY PARTITION.

Pls note:- my internal dvd drive is not working and recently I have bought new external drive.

I appreciate you help in advance.

A:Restore vista using hp recovery partition

Your Recovery partition was likely disabled when Win7 was installed. But it might still be able to be run.

You'll need to make a System Repair Disk by typing Repair in Start Search box. If your optical drive will not boot CD's, then set your external CD drive to boot in BIOS setup, or write Repair CD ISO to flash stick: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create or another method: http://dottech.org/featured/9157

Also, try marking the Recovery partition Active in Disk Mgmt to see if it will run using the prompts given to run Recovery on first bootup screen or your Manual, or if it will autostart (since pressing those keys normally marks it active).

If marking Recov partition active will not run it, then you will need to boot the Repair CD or flash stick , click through to Recovery Tools list, open a Command Line to type:

SELECT DISK # (replace # with Win7 HD)
SELECT PARTITION # (for Win7 partition)

Now, boot back into Win7 Repair console>Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times.

Next, please unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab, then post back a screenshot of the full contents of the partition. We are looking for a bootable image file to mount and run. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file with paper clip in Reply Box.

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Hi guys... i had company installed vista basic.. and a recovery partition of it..
now once i formatted vista and installed windows 7.

for few problems i reverted back to vista. but now tht recovery image is not identified anymore.. is it like now its of no use??

can i do system image restore from recovery partition?

i tried browsing and locating.. but no hope.. i will be glad if anyone knows or can tell me a way...

A:recovering vista from recovery partition

If you had formatted the computer. this means that the recovery partition had been formatted.. no u would be able to get that recovery partition!!
Forum Thought??

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Hello, im in desperate need of help, my computer started acting up a couple of days ago, suspecting that it was a virus, i run Microsoft Security Essentian and Malwarebytes, they found a couple of infections an cleared it, after restarting my computer i got a blue screen right at the windows log on screen. Thinking that the virus my had damage some of my video drivers, i logged in to safe mode,and now is that things started to get weird. My Administrator account is completely gone, and even if i reactivate it, once i re-starte my computer it desapear again, thinking that i had something on my start up, i created a new account and deleted my old one, but again, upon restarting my computer, the new account is gone and the old one is back again, and all the changes made in the computer are gone, bringing it back to the point were the virus was removed. I figure that a factory restore would solve the problem, but when trying to access the restore partition tru the windows " repair my computer" option on the start up, i get prompted to enter my user id and password, but none of my users seem to be valid, can someone please help me, im desperate lol.

A:Can't access vista recovery partition

If you can get a copy of Spybot Search and Destroy (free) and get it loaded. I would run it (with the internet off and after update)then go to start menu, programs, maintenance, and do a system restore.
I don't think it will do any good to change accounts and I would run msconfig and see whats in the startup.

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I have this laptop that has Recovery partition and it's Windows Vista. The computer is slow and to many problems show up, a lot of programs are not working as they suppose to. Now I want to make it fresh and fast again. What I suppose to do do a Format to Windows 7, or its better to do it with the recovery partition but the thing is I still don't how to do it with it. Only I know is do a format and clear the partition C. Thanks in advance.

A:Recovery partition Windows Vista

First of all back up from your pictures, musics, etc that stored in the user folder.
I have no doubt that Windows 7 is better than windows vista (My idea).
To install a windows 7 , you can simply boot up with a windows7 DVD and format drive C, then install a fresh winodws7.
To perform a Windows Vista Recovery :
I don't know your laptop brand, Please take a look HERE, it explain how to start from recovery partition for Asus,DELL,Sony,Acer,etc.

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When it comes to reinstalling Vista, most of us will pull out that trusty Windows Vista Any Time Upgrade DVD or other OEM copy of Windows and simply use the key that originally came with the computer we are installing Windows on. But what happens when the product key is rubbed off, or the key you were able to pull from the drive (if you were able too) would not activate? Well most of us would finally resort to the recovery partition as long as the hard drive was not failing. However, if your a decent technician, you'll find that in most cases, reinstalling Windows is not necessary unless the hard drive is in fact failing. So the question is now, what do you do if the hard drive is failing, you have no product key, and you don't want to wait a week and or spend the money on the recovery disk?The Answer to that question is this. Use the original recovery partition from the failing drive to recovery Windows unto a new drive. Now a disclaimer before I go on. I have only had to do this for XP and Vista and only on an HP. However, I assume that this will work for most Windows 7 recovery partitions, as well as many other manufacture recovery partitions, as the concept should relatively be the same. Also, this method will not work if you have an unreadable or unmountable drive and there are no guarantees that this will work on any failing hard drive. In other words, results may vary. Back-up All Important Data FirstIn this particular case where I had to use this method, ther... Read more

A:Restoring Vista From A Recovery Partition To A New HD

nice tutorial i was wondering how to o this I want to install a ssd as my primary drive i have win7 will this process work with it as well?

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I have just upgraded my wife's Acer 4810 from Vista to Windows 7 using the free upgrade. It all came out OK and is working just fine.
The recovery partition will still be Vista so is no longer needed, I do have the recovery DVDs I burnt when we received the machine.
I use Acronis True Image 2010 and I'm thinking of removing the recovery partition and replacing it with the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager. If that is OK, I'm not sure how to delete the Vista partition, as I can't see a way of getting to it.

As an aside, does the Windows 7 upgrade disk 'behave' in the same way as a standard disk? Can I do another instal from it if this machine has serious problems?

Also, when I make a repair disk for the Acer, what will that allow me to do? I'm aware that I can repair any startup problems but I don't know what else it will do (apart from allowing me to restore an image or do a system restore point restore and memory test. Beyond that I don't know what it can do?
Obviously I am concerned about the lack of a full Windows 7 disk, as in XP I used to do a repair instal 'over the top' of an existing installation to get out of trouble.

A:Recovery partition after upgrade from Vista

The Acer Upgrade Kits contain a white Win7 DVD which is a full bootable installer with the repair console on the second screen. It should have a product key insert; save this in case you decide to do a clean reinstall. The green CD has apps/drivers to choose from.

The Win7 installer is the same for full retail as it is for the Upgrade version - only the keys differentiate the version. You can do a clean reinstall by booting the DVD and it will scan the HD to see another OS to allow use of an Upgrade version key. If you pre-format or have a new HD, use a workaround given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

However, reinstalls are never again necessary if you save a Win7 backup image, which can reimage the HD or a replacement in 15 minutes from the DVD repair console. I store a copy of the backup image in a primary partition on each of our computers, with a copy on an external HD. The DVD reimaging app autodetects the images on a primary partition or in the root of the external.

Repair Install in Win7 is done from the desktop, while the DVD Repair console has the standard repair tools you mention.

If you'd like to remove the Recov partition, post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management map so we can advise you better. Use the Snipping tool in Start Menu; attach file with paper clip in reply box.

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I have a gateway gt5654 running vista home.

Now I have my D drive for recovery.....last year i tried to restore to factory settings and it wouldn't reinstall from recovery, so I bought a vista disc and reformated just the c drive and had it up and running. Since then I have missplaced my dvd for vista somewhere and can't find it.

The other morning i woke up to a black screen telling me that windows has been damaged and I need to reinstall windows.
I started it up and hit the boot menu and tried to restore to factory settings but it keeps saying there is no backup to restore from. I know it is there cause I can see it when i click on the load drivers option.

problem is...How to I restore from therecovery drive???

A:reinstalling vista from recovery partition


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I have a Advent 5312 which came with pre-installed Vista. I upgraded to windows 7 but had trouble with my audio drivers. Now I wish to revert back to Vista but never received any disks from them, only a recovery partition on my hard-drive.

How can i boot from that recovery partition please?

I cannot system restore it as just before I installed Win7, I formatted that partition (Not the recovery one, thats still there)

A:How can I re-install Vista from my recovery partition?

If in the process of installing Windows 7, if you did NOT delete the recovery partition you then can access the Recovery Partition Recovery and Recovery Disk FAQs - read before posting : Advent Recovery Disk Support • Advent Support

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I was given a Dell Inspiron which had crashed, by a friend who wanted me to recover some files for him.  He got his files and a new laptop, I got the old one.  Now I want to restore it.  When the machine is poweered on it goes to a black screen with "BOOTMGR is missing", "Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart."
I can hit F12 to change boot options, access BIOS Setup, and Diagnostics.
DST Short Test Failed
Error Code 0146
Msg: Error code 2000 - 0146
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - self test log contains previous error(s)
All other tests: Pass
After extensive memory tests a message box opens "Booting Dell Diagnostic Utility Partition. Press any key to continue."  Options are "Memory test", "System Test", and "Exit".  Again all memory tests pass.  After choosing "System Test", I ran the "Express Test".  Two errors found:
Error code 0F00:065D
Msg:DISK - Self test read error
Error code 0F00:133C
Msg: DISK - Read error.  check disk
All Other tests Pass.
There is a prompt to press F2 for Setup which doesn't work.  I am also unable to boot into safe mode using F8.
I am able to boot into "GParted" from a cd.  I ran the memory test, which passed.  GParted lists the drives as follows:
/dev/sda1  fat16  no label     39.19MB     8.49MB used    30.70MB unused  flag - diag
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A:Restoring Vista from a recovery partition

First...you need to see what Dell says those codes signify.
Use the Dell Interactive Agent, https://www5.nohold.net/Dell/Loginr.aspx?pid=3&ruleid=2591&login=1 and insert each code, one at a time.

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I asked a question at this thread.
I have marked it solved.

Now I have a question for my own curiosity......
I've read from one of the Windows articles that after Win 8 is installed over Vista, ( not dual boot, it's clean install), the recovery partition is no good to re-install Vista back to factory settings.
Is that correct ?
If yes, could you provide me with a published autoritative confirmation of the fact ?

Thank you.


Editing .... hey, I am a senior member now ? I want to stay young.

A:Win 8 RP installed. Is the recovery partition any good for Vista ?

The article that I read is found here......
Windows 8 Release Preview: frequently asked questions
scroll to Uninstalling.....
Uninstalling Can I uninstall Windows 8 Release Preview? No. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC; typically DVD media. If you don’t have recovery media you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more information. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

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I have helped a Senior Citizen keep his Toshiba A215 laptop going for several years. He can really mess it up. It doesn't have a lot on it, so I've just reformatted it before. This time, I'm having problems. My trail of problems started with not being able to access control panel. Windows explorer won't load. I first tried Windows restore but the oldest restore point is after his problems started. Then I tried the recovery from the screen when I booted into Safe Mode. The reinstall is not there. Needless to say, no recovery disc were made when he got the computer and I can't find a place to make it (not under Toshsibe, Create recovery disk.) Found a site where I burn an image on a cd that allow me to boot from the disc I created. It took me to vista install screen. I input the Vista validation number in and then it took me to a screen that says D:\Sources\INSTALL.wim does not exist. error 0X80070002. I found this has to do with software validation, I think. That's what I found when I research windows explore not opening and getting error 5. Was suggested I wipe clean and start over... That's what I'm trying to do. In computer management the hidden (mystery) drive is blank (Healthy EISA Configurration) with only C: and F: listed. They say healthy as well.
How do I go about reformatting the harddrive without disc (not provided when purchased) and the option missing from the recovery console and the error message given when I finally got to the install vista screen? ... Read more

A:Reformat a vista computer with recovery partition

sounds like if your recovery partition is not there. you will need buy a disc from toshiba. or borrow one from somebody & use the # on the bottom of the laptop.

toshiba is the 7th one down. have you tried this? http://www.techsupportforum.com/f108...ns-162525.html

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I'm trying to help my friend fix his computer, which was FULL of viruses. I think I managed to delete somewhere around 96. So his Dell Inspiron e1505 laptop, (vista sp2) now boots and works. BUT the viruses wrecked havoc on the OS. All the short cuts on the start menu are gone, the administrative tools are missing, internet settings are messed up, and things like System Restore, Windows Defender, and Windows Firewall are completely gone. I checked, and his laptop has a recovery partition left by Dell to fix windows if there was a problem. Well, there is, and since I can't be 100% every single virus is gone, and windows is so beat up, he decided to have me reinstall Vista for him...

PROBLEM: I can't get into the recovery partition. The method on Dell's website isn't working. I know its there and I'm pretty sure it still has the windows files, but I just can't access it to fix it.

Aside from calling Dell and requesting a disc (which I think would be like $40 or so), is there a way to fix this? Thanks

A:Help accessing Dell's Vista recovery partition?

I assume he didn't bother making his own set of Recovery DVDs. Having him order them from Dell is probably best. If you have available or can borrow an installation DVD of the same version (OEM, Home Premium or whatever) you may be able to install that way and use the Product Key that should be on a sticker on the PC.

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i want to access my old vista recovery partition on my toshiba laptop i used to be able to access it throught the f8 windows boot menu their was an option to restore, now since installing 7 it is still their the option to access it has gone any ideas.

A:Access old vista recovery partition after Windows 7 ins

When you install Win 7, this will be disabled.

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I could use some help from all of the experts on this forum...

I have a Gateway GM5474 pc that I would like to do a clean OS install on. I do NOT have any of the original discs that may or may not have come with this pc, as I am not the original owner. But, I do have the original Vista Home Premium product key sticker still on the machine.

I know this pc has a recovery partition, so here are my questions:
1. Can I do a fresh OS install using the recovery partition?
2. Do I need an OS disc to do this?
3. Can I download or create a recovery disc and do a fresh OS install without the OEM OS disc.

Any guidance would greatly be appreciated.


A:Vista Home Premium Recovery Partition

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


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

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

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A:Restoring HP from windows 7 to vista from recovery partition

Mods take a dim view of double posting so you may want to delete this thread as I've answered you on your other thread on the same problem.

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Hi there,

In August I bought myself an HP Compaq nx7300 Laptop that came preloaded with Vista Business , I made some recovery discs as it only a recovery partition and no installation discs. I spend many hours on computers and use a variety of virtual software and related applications. After about a month I had some issues with Vista but I was able to solve them. However they reappeared and soon after Vista refused to boot. I tried the startup and repair option but it only stated that critical system files needed to be fixed and it asked for an installation source.

After some struggle I decided to format the drive Vista was on and installed XP Pro I still had, but I kept the HP Recovery Partition. Since then I have been using XP without too many problems, but I would like to recovery Vista and use them both, however I'm not sure if there is a way to recover Vista from the Recovery Partition. I checked the HP website and they said pushing F11 when booting and that it would bring up the recovery manager, but it never did. Hence I am stuck with XP on my C: drive, D: is my dvd-drive, F: is the HP Recovery drive and then there is E: OS Tools drive.

I would appreciate any assistance in this regard.


P.S. Before Vista finally went down I tried using the recovery discs but the recovery manager, from within Vista, stated that the data was corrupt.

A:Restoring Vista Business from Recovery Partition.

When you installed XP you broke the connection to the recover partition and you will have to use the disc's that you made. Also this WILL over write the C drive (your XP) with Vista.

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When I first received my HP vp17 (desktop) three years ago, the Recovery Partition was already near-full.

Now, it's COMPLETELY full. I have no idea what to do about it. Specifically, I have no idea how it got so full, and what I can delete. It's going beyond slow (also, I fear they may be some problems with my hard drive, since a few days prior it refused to boot or go on, and made this incessant clicking noise similar to the initial sound you hear when it first put it on. The whole POST was just messy). I was able to, just yesterday, get to BIOS, and can now access Safe Mode. Anyways! Lets do this one at a time.

Since I opened up the CPU and cleaned all the dust (omg, was there dust!), I've been able to at least get on, though it takes like a million years for the computer to load and start, even in safe mode, and outside safe mode its rather slow, to the point of freezing.

... Ah, and I digress again.

So, what the heck should I do about the recovery?

I don't know what the heck to do. I read similar problems in tech forums online and the advice given is a bit shifty, if not entirely scrambled. While one person advised burning the (:D) drive to a DVD (I tried, but it said it didn't fit. Another question for another time, once again) and deleting the entire things (using the Shadow copy as a back up), another person completely argued against this.

I'm at a complete loss.

Thanks in advance!

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The Vista hm prem I have is on a Toshiba (new) laptop recovery disk. I guess that's an image of the factory installation of Vista installation & ALL apps they loaded (not Vista installation disk)? Lots of other (bloat) software was installed.

I want to:
1) decrease size of C: w/ only Vista (to extent possible) on C:
2) create other partitions for apps, etc.

I can use the windows disk mgmt tool to shrink partition Vista's on, but least amt is 58 GB, even w/o paging file. Like to get it to 35 or 40GB for Vista. Maybe if I turned off System Restore? There's a partition shown BEFORE C:, that's called Healthy(EISA Config.) of 1.46GB size.

Anyone w/ experience using recent computer mfg (like Toshiba) recovery disks for Vista, and what I can expect as far as having ANY control over process & sizing the partition? There's plenty of free space on the HDD w/ the factory installation. Haven't (yet) gone through the re-install / restore process, but the initial setup screen (Toshiba branded) only gives 2 choices:

INSTALL APPLICATIONS & DRIVERS - this is to select one or more apps or drivers to install.

Restore the Original Default System Install - descrip says: "Restores all default software, drivers & settings. The hard disk is partitioned & formatted & the orig default preinstall is restored. ALL FILES WILL BE DELETED!"
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A:Using Toshiba recovery disk_changing Vista partition size

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

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

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

Does anyone have any ideas about this please?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey all,

OK, I bought a Gateway GT5412 about 10 months ago now. It comes from the factory installed with Vista , a Gateway recovery partition and all the other unnecessary junk software they put on their for you. So I have been able to clean it up and remove all the junk software. But the10Gb Gateway partition that stores all of your original Vista and software junk that originally shipped with the PC is still there. I have since ordered a Vista Recovery disk from Gateway which should eliminate needing this partition. I don't need to have this partition sucking up my hard drive space.

Without having purely a Vista OS disk is it possible to delete this partition and have the hard drive space lumped onto my C drive? As I said I only have the "gateway recovery" disk, which when used to its exact directions will actually re-install that partition, plus all the junk software.

I know it is possible to just delete the partition, but then I will still have an odd ball 10Gb chunk under My Computer, it just wont have the recovery crap on it anymore. I want to add that space to my C drive (my only other drive).

How does one do this with only a recovery disk, and/or is it possible to do without re-installing windows?


A:Want to delete Gateway Recovery Partition on Vista machine

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The Issue: I 've been googling since days for an answer but no luck so far. I would appreciate if somebody can direct me how I may reinstall my operating system from recovery partition. For now, I only can go to my recovery partition using command prompt from vista recovery disk. The operating system has already crashed. But My Acer Aspire 5737z has recovery partition E with all files in it.

The Problem background: During complete recovery of my vista home 32bit OS with Acer recovery program the system crashed. Now everytime I start the PC, the windows tries to load and then an error message appears telling that windows was not set up correctly and I should restart.

Efforts: I downloaded windows recovery iso and corrected the boot errors but same error message continue to come and OS does not load. Using command prompt from vista recovery disk I used imagex command to expand one of the wim files into my C drive. It created windows folder, program files and users folder but there is no other file in c. May be I can manually create some of the boot files or something, but this has not been my field of expertise.

Thanks for reading it and thinking about a solution already.

A:acer 5737z vista recovery partition exists but not bootable

I'd suggest ordering a set of recovery disks: Order Recovery Discs (USA)

But first I'd run some free hardware diagnostics just to make sure it's not a hardware problem that's causing your issues:

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

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Hi there,
I have a PC i am trying to format and reinstall windows vista. Unfortunately my mate has lost his original recovery dvd I made him and has now got a corrupted/damaged recovery partition.
After all the searching I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do this. I want to format the hard drive and start from fresh as he has major Virus problems.
I tried searching old threads but couldnt find anything like what I needed, I hope I am not repaeting a thread already. If so please point me in right direction.
If it helps its a Acer 6252 travelmate.

All help greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance...

A:How to recover Vista Basic - no Partition or original recovery discs

Download: Windows Vista x64 Recovery Disc — The NeoSmart Files

the 32 bit version is a bit further down

how to use............

How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don’t Have One :: the How-To Geek

let us know how you get on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

A:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?


The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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Hi everyone. Well I couldn't get rid of a knarley virus I had so felt defeated and I just gave up. I backed up my files to DVD's which may contain some malware ridden files. Probably not the smartest decision but I didn't know what to do. I wiped and reformatted my storage partition and proceeded to enter recovery boot mode to wipe/reformat my C:/ drive on Windows Vista Home Premium, and then it started but a Windows XP logo flashed for a couple seconds. Got skeched out and aborted the process and shut down. Any ideas on why that would be? As well as, how to clean my backed up storage data on DVD's without running on another computer potentially infecting it too? Thank you for taking the time to read this, any help/input would be truly appreciated.


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I have an HP Laptop (DV 6646 US) with a Windows Vista installed.. During the last 1yr my laptop has been falling apart (literally) with first the audio drivers crashing, then problems with the DVD writer etc. When I bought the laptop, I had a recovery partition & was not provided a Windows Vista CD/DVD. Since my DVD Writer has crashed, I do not have the option of creating recovery discs now. Could anyone please suggest a method for me to reinstall/recover Windows Vista from the recovery partition without having to use a CD/DVD.

Thanks in advance!!

A:How to "reinstall/recover" Windows Vista from Recovery Partition without CD/DVD?

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I have an HP Laptop (DV 6646 US) with a Windows Vista installed.. During the last 1yr my laptop has been falling apart (literally) with first the audio drivers crashing, then problems with the DVD writer etc. When I bought the laptop, I had a recovery partition & was not provided a Windows Vista CD/DVD. Since my DVD Writer has crashed, I do not have the option of creating recovery discs now. Could anyone please suggest a method for me to reinstall/recover Windows Vista from the recovery partition without having to use a CD/DVD.

Thanks in advance!!

A:How to "reinstall/recover" Windows Vista from Recovery Partition without CD/DVD?

‪Windows 7 - Create a System Repair Disc on a Bootable USB Flash Drive without Burning a CD‬‏ - YouTube


Steps followed in this video are listed below.

Assume that the flash drive is F and disk 1 in diskpart.

Create 2 folders on the flash drive - boot and sources

cd c:\recovery
dir /a:sh
cd YOUR_GUID_DIRECTORY (only subdirectory in c:\recovery)
dir /a:sh
xcopy /h boot.sdi F:\boot
echo F|xcopy /h Winre.wim F:\sources\boot.wim
cd c:\windows\boot\
xcopy /h dvd\pcat\bcd F:\boot
xcopy /h dvd\pcat\en-US\bootfix.bin F:\boot
xcopy /h pcat\bootmgr F:
attrib -r -s -h /s F:\*
list disk
select disk 1
list partition
select partition 1
list partition

Eject the flash drive and boot from it.

Create a USB flash drive which has the same functionality as a system repair disc - startup repair, system restore, image recovery, and command prompt. Some computers may take more time to boot from USB, although newer machines should boot faster. This method should also work with a USB hard drive.

There are a lot of things with a USB workaround, provided you have a USB flash drive to spare. That should help cover the use of a System Repair Disk, however you will need to access a feature during the BIOS stage that will allow you to activate the recovery partition.

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Since I'm not an expert at present, I can't do a lot to help others in this forum solve their problems. So I figure that the most helpful thing I can do is post enough information that hopefully others can learn from my experiences. That's why I'm putting so much documentation into this thread.

I have a WD 2TB external hard drive that I use for both System Image and data file backups. A week ago, I was trying to resize one of its partitions, and the process got hung up partway through. I took some steps to try to address any problems that may have resulted, but apparently I didn't do enough.

Here's the background:

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

I was using Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 to resize a partition on a WD 2TB external hard drive. I let the process run overnight, and somehow it was interrupted during the Quick Data Moving step. Upon resuming, the program indicated it had data that still needed to be moved so I let it continue.

The process apparently stopped at the "Rebuilding Partitions Info" stage - neither the percent complete, nor the elapsed time, nor the time had remaining changed for at least the past 3-4 hours. (Until it suddenly stopped, the elapsed time had been steadily growing.)

I've attached a screenshot showing the Paragon dashboard and status windows.

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

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A:Resize Partition Failure (Part 2) - PW Partition Recovery found issues

I read about PW Partition Recovery in one of the tutorials, so I ran a Quick Scan of the entire 2TB drive, with the following results (see screen shot).

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

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

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

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


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

Hi -

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

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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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.

A:[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 deleted the unwanted recovery partitions on windows 8.1 using  'Diskpart'.The unallocated memories were created but they cannot be used to extend any other partitions even by using Diskpart.I am just able to create them as normal partitions buth
not by combining them but each seperately.Any solution for this...pls...

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

A:Hard Drive Partition Without Effecting Recovery Partition

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

Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New

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