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Best way to create a brand new X1Y3 recovery image?

Q: Best way to create a brand new X1Y3 recovery image?

If i get a new laptop and I want to create a factory image of how the laptop was shipped to me what is the best way? By the time I turn on the laptop and get into windows it will have my information on it? I want a way to be able to restore it to factory new condition. In the past I know there was a recovery partition that essentilly did this.


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Preferred Solution: Best way to create a brand new X1Y3 recovery image?

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

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

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


I just bought myself a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. After switching it on and going through the initial setup, one of the first actions I want to do is to create me a recovery drive (on a USB stick).

So I start the Recovery Drive wizard but after a minute or so of "Please wait..." I get:
"We can't create the recovery drive
A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive"

Hallo, Microsoft? WTF is this supposed to mean? Why can't I create me such a safety net on a brand new plain vanilla SP4? I haven't done or installed anything, yet, that could possible interfere with that process. So why is this not working as one would expect?

And why is there not the slightest hint WHY this is not working or what kind of error occurred here and what one could possibly do to fix this?

A:Brand new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - can't create a Recovery Drive!?!

I hate those generic error messages without any explanation or error code

Meanwhile, did you try another USB drive just in case?

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This “HowTo” provides information and instruction how to create a USB recovery media flash drive using the Toshiba recovery ISO image files or Toshiba Recovery discs (DVDs)

To create a USB recovery media flash drive, a USB flash drive with at least 16GB disk space is suggested (depends on the size of the ISO images or recovery discs).

Note: Since 2015 the ISO layout has changed and a different procedure must be processed to create the USB media. The new recovery media type can be identified by the names of the ISO files.
More info: http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm

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Well I finished my project - the program script allows me to create MBR and GPT hard drive partitions with a recovery image partition. The script also allows me to install 3 different versions of windows. and lastly it allows me to capture a recovery (push button reset) image. which can then be used to create recovery media..

Here is the Menu Snippet:

WinPE 5.1 was the preinstallation environment use for testing

A:Create a Recovery Partition and Recovery Image

Good one! I always have to go back and look up the procedure and commands when doing this. Really a help for an old brain.

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I got myself a laptop recently and noticed that there is no recovery disk included so I need one in case something happens. I have a few questions and concerns I hope you guys and gals can help me out with.

1. What is the difference between an Image and a Recovery Disk?
2. I'm thinking of buying a recovery disk here: Click HERE I thought Recovery disks have to be made according with the computer so what happens if my computer suddenly doesn't work? Will the disk (shown in the link) help me? I know my documents will be lost, but will I be able to start up and load Windows 7 again?
3. I'm thinking of creating an Image as well. I have this software that will create an image. Can I place it on a USB drive? I believe I can, but it has to be a FAT32 or something like that.
4. What is the best way (easiest and simplest) to create a backup/ recovery file? I prefer having the file on USB instead of a disk.

Thanks for your patience.

A:How to create Image or Recovery Disk?

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

Back up your programs, system settings, and files

I like Acronis True Image for creating a restore image but Windows 7 has a built in utility.

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When i try to create a custom recovery image in Windows 8.1, It gives me error -0x80070005. How can i stop that from appearing?

A:Can't create custom recovery image.

how are you trying to create the custom recovery image?

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Hi and a very Happy New year to all the forum membersAs the subject says, this is a more easier and better way to make a new oem backup of windows 7. This method is very short and consile rather than using third party softwares to add apps and drivers to the windows image. This is also what actually lenovo and all the other laptop/computers manufacturers do before shipping/selling the laptop to the user. In this method, the system preparation tool is used which is found in this directory- C:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe. This method is very easy and requires no professional experience. Now you have to follow the following stepsThe first step is optional for users as it is using the one key recovery engineering 7.0 to remove all the partitions and install a new one key reocvery partition. You have to use the option 1. This is optional as i said before.Now, it is time to install windows. After the installtion completes, open the sysprep tool from the directory given above.As you will open the tool, you will get this  Now open the lookup and select Enter system Audit mode.Your computer would reboot after few seconds. Now your laptop would boot to system audit mode. Windows will boot to a kind of master admin account- That administrator which is mentioned on the right click on an appliction or .exe file. Now it is the time to install all the Application, drivers and themes. These appliication would also get installed for the other users. Also, act... Read more

A:How to create new one key recovery feature with new oem like windows image v2

Hello Ishann, Thanks for the instructions. Do you know if these steps will work for Windows 8.1 on the new Y50?  Thanks,Josh 

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Ok, just got done with a complete recovery of a dell 1501 laptop.
Went through a ton of updates and actually had to restart due to a failure in the update process along the way.
It is now in top shape, with all updates spyware, antivirus addes, crapware removed etc.

NOW i am curious, is there a way to make a bootable recovery disk ( DVD) from the current disk image?

So that when this this goes to heck again they can just pop the disk in a bring it back to where it is now?

I have acronis true image 2009, but haven used it much to know if it is capable of this.

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A:POLL: How Often Do You Create a System Recovery Image?

Every 3-4 days using Acronis TI 2013.

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I just purchased a new Dell Insprion 3650 I7 16G 2TB Win 10 Home. It arrived yesterday.
The very first thing I did, without even download Google Chrome, was try to create a Factory restore image of the system, for safety and for preparation of migration to SSD disk.
I have downloaded the Dell Backup and Recovery Software and try to do that. I tried a few times, used a brand new and tested 32G USB stick to create a backup image. But when I try to boot it up for re installation test, it keeps saying "IDS_ENVIRONMENT-INCOMPLETE", "The instruction at 0x00007ff77acdf43b referenced memory at 0x00000000025f6ec0. The memory could not be read"
Anyone can help me how I can create an factory image for backup and SSD migration?

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Hi, during a visit later this summer I plan to finally create recovery media for three of my out-of-state, technologically-clueless family's computers; and also for one or two of my own. I do have a clue, but not exactly a HUGE one.

I don't want to partition or leave TI running on any of them, all I want to be able to do is create CDs or DVDs that they can pop in to recover from any problems they might have that I can't help them figure out by phone. Their systems will probably never need to have new recovery discs made after the first time, as the only thing that changes on them are security updates and easily-reinstalled popular freeware. All the PCs are XP SP2, and of strictly "average juice," meaning none upgrade-able to Vista (not that I'd upgrade voluntarily, regardless). Two are about 5 or 6 years old. (Actually there's also an old W98SE laptop I might use TI on if the version I get works with it, but that one isn't at all important to include.)

So since my needs are few, might an earlier version of TI be best for me? For example smaller; easier on the machines; maybe simplest too? I think I've read that TI -- maybe only earlier versions, not sure -- isn't always very reliable for creating DVDs, which is all I DO want to do. So if that is something that is improved in more recent versions, I guess I should go with that. Or, in case the following round-a-bout method is any more reliable with TI, I could do it for all t... Read more

A:Solved: Only need to create XP-based recovery discs: earlier version of True Image best?

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i want to create recovery imag
when i try using "command prompt" (as admin) , writing image struck at 1% after 20 mins it screen displays "Error Code - 0x80070005"....
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thank yuu

A:cant create recovery image "Error Code - 0x80070005"

you already have a thread going with this same topic ,why start a new one ???

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T540p, Windows 7 Pro When I run the "create recovery media" tool, I am given the error: "No (sic) enough temporary space in C drive, Create Recovery Media will exit now." I have 89GB free on my 256GB SSD. My Recovery Partition is 16GB. How much free space do I need?

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Hey guys, it is good to be back on here as my problems are always solved, it has probably been a few years since my last visit! Anyway I am still running my 2006 Dell XPS 400 machine with windows XP SP3 media Center edition. It has a dual core 3ghz pentium CPU, 2GB ram, a 320gb Western Digital hard drive that is less than half full,and an Nvidia GeForce 6800 graphics card. love this machine so darn much as it does everything that I personally wanted to has one I had made back in 2006. And I absolutely love Windows XP. So being that the thing is 7 1/2 years old and I have never had a prior desktop last over 5 years without a hard drive failure, I feel as if I am running on borrowed time. This saddens me as I take great care of this machine and love it to death. Have everything set up the way that I like and I'm very comfortable with it, I don't adapt well to change LOL. So I recently began researching and found that hardware parts are pretty cheap now for this, but if the hard drive fails I will lose everything. So rather than install a new hard drive should this happen, and then boot from the original six and a half-year-old disks. Drivers, try to find lost photos, etc. I have learned about cloning software and have been researching it. So I purchased a Acronos true image 2014 an external Seagate 1TB HD (for other stuff too photos for the wife etc), And an internal hard drive dock, as well as a brand-new 320 GB Western Digital 3.5" 7200 RPM hard drive. Identica... Read more

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My system:
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
C-drive is a 250GB Plextor SSD
Acronis True Image 2011

I setup a weekly scheduled disk image of my system drive (C that gets sent to an external HDD (4TB). This was working very well for months with incremental backups most of the time and a full backup every five or six weeks. I recently noticed that my backups haven't been happening since mid-August. No errors or anything. They're just not running.

I opened Acronis and tried to run a backup manually. But when I click the Back Up button, nothing would happen. I recreated my backup scheme as a new backup and ran that. It runs, but my computer slows to a crawl and eventually (within minutes) nothing responds to my clicks in or out of Acronis. The hard drive light on the case lights up, and even after I've let it run for several hours, it never finishes. I have to reset the computer to get it back up and running again.

Changing compression levels or priorities doesn't make a difference.

I installed Macrium Reflect and tried running the same disk image backup there, but I had the same problem.

I also tried doing the backup using Windows backup program. The backup doesn't slow down or crash my computer, but it does fail at the end of the process. I get this error:

One of the backup files could not be created.
Details: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
Error code: 0x8078002A

I can back up a non-system drive just fine, so it se... Read more

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Dear Sir,

We are using CISCO CATALYST 24 PORT 2960G series switch & no more port available in this switch. We need more ports for few pc connections. I want to connect D-LINK FIBER MEDIA CONVERTER & 6/8 PORT SWITCH to extend more port but Our IT department person saying that D-LINK SWITCH can create problem in network so we should purchase one more CISCO 2960 24port switch which is very costly. Kindly inform us is it right that D-LINK switch can create problem? After your reply we will be able to make order for D-LINK or CISCO.

Kindly check our IT department person comments,

We are not agree to place the 8 port switch of D-Link, due to the security of the network and to prevent the disturbance of the smooth running network. It?s necessary to place a 12 or 24 port Cisco switch which will uplink already placed Cisco switch

A:Different Brand Switch can create problem on LAN?

Please help

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1. How to download in Windows 7 from Internet to a DVD to create an ISO image?
2. If the ISO image is larger than the full capacity of one DVD how do I create the full image?
3. Once I create the full image on one (or more) DVD , how do I transfer the ISO image to another HDD?
4. Can I create an ISO image directly on a 2nd HDD?
5. Can I create an ISO image of the Windows 7 OS on a second HDD?

As you may see I may be needing intensive reading on "Iso Image creation for Dummies".
I would appreciate any help pointing me into the right direction.
From what I read I am very confused. I have tried to create an ISO image for a few months and i haven not been able to do it.
Special note:
6. How could I copy the Win 7 OS into an ISO image on one or more DVDs?
6.1 What size is Windows 7 Home Premium OS?
6.2 Which partition does Windows 7 store the OS in?
a. "Recovery" ?
b. FAT32 ?
I would appreciate step by step instructions on how to create the ISO image, how to install it, and how to make sure that the "image" could be used to fo make a backup of my HDDs and also how to use the backup to fix the computer should a fatal crash prevented from booting up Windows 7?
I use only DVDs, mostly re-writables. Which is the best free Image Burn Software that does work with DVD's.(as I dont use CD's anymore)
Thank you kindly.

A:How to create 1.Iso image 2.transfer it to another HDD 3.create an OS

This should answer most of your questions,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Step 1 gives you a link to download the ISO file.

The 64bit Home Premium ISO is 3.09 Gb, can easily fit on one DVD.

Since you are downloading the ISO you don't have to worry about making one.

Step 2 has a link to a tool to burn the ISO to a DVD.

Any other questions, feel free to ask.

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I am working on my sisters Toshiba L655d-S5055 notebook. windows 7, 3gb, amd v120 processor, 250gb drive. Started with error msg at boot "encountered a problem communicating with a device at startup......". Couldn't get by this error. took out drive, inserted into usb-enclosure, and tested. numerous sector errors. She has also lost the recovery disks I made for her. I used partition software to scan just the recovery partition, and there are no errors reported there. What I would like to do, is to copy to a flash drive, or make new recovery dvd's from this recovery partition; then I can use the coa from the back of the notebook (if necessary) for full install onto a new hard drive. However, I can't use the toshiba notebook for this; I can only use my desktop pc for the xfer; using the toshiba hard drive as a usb external drive, and the toshiba media creator software will not install onto my desktop pc (doesn't give me a reason). I would prefer to go the dvd-route, but flash drive would be ok, too. Any info is appreciated. thanks.

A:how to create recovery dvd's from recovery partition mounted as usb-external drive

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Hello, I've used the recovery media creator to create a USB flash drive recovery media.

If i then use that to restore the Windows 7 installation onto a new hard drive (as SSD) will that drive itself have the recovery media partition on it?

So if I then lose the USB stick could I restore again by holding down zero when powering on?

Or does it recover the Windows partition and nothing more?

Thank you

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Dear Dell,
I am trying to create recovery discs from "Dell backup and Recovery application" however when i was asked to insert the second DVD,the optical drive keeps rejecting the DVD. The application will not continue to burn the second DVD and appears to be frozen. I tyied with different brands/makers of DVD and also -/+ R. Unfortunately .Issue remains. I was able to find this article   593906  Published on 2013-01-21  ( relative link http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?c=us&cs=19&docid=593906&doclang=en&l=en&s=dhs   ). Although i have done the updates ,i am still not able to create recovery discs !!   Current Issue:  after inserting the  3rd Disc application gives the following message "Dbr.exe -No disc found" and stays there and rejects the DVD.  I spoke with Dell's Greek Support team. I was told that warranty does not cover sw support even if my unit is less than a week old. Furthermore i was informed that although "Dell backup and recovery" application says DELL is not actually a Dell product thus they can't support it. They suggested my to use windows 7 file recovery instead (which needs at least 8 DVDs !). As you can understand this is a workaround and not a Solution.
I hope that someone from Dell is going to look into it and revert with a specific answer and permanent solution.   (Model  : inspiron 15  3521)&... Read more

A:Dell Backup and Recovery is Unable to Create a Recovery DVD on Windows 8

Hi ylikonomos,
You can try to uninstall and re-install Dell Backup and Recovery Manager and Dell Support Center. Follow these steps: 

Press Windows+ 'X' key on the keyboard.
Select 'Programs and Features' from the context menu that appears on the left bottom corner.


Uninstall Dell Backup and Recovery Manager and Dell Support Center from the application list.

Hereafter, check the BIOS version installed on the laptop. Press Windows + 'R' key, type msinfo32 and press Enter.   Locate the BIOS version. If it is A04, the BIOS update is not required. If not, update BIOS. Before flashing the BIOS please check the following:* No external devices (printer, USB drive, SD card, DVD) should be connected.* All other programs should be closed and documents saved.* The AC adapter and battery should be connected during this process. The battery should be 10% or more than 10% charged.  
Here is the link for BIOS update: http://dell.to/VBwSAh. The laptop will reboot after this update. Visit this link: http://dell.to/VBz1fr and click Dell Support Center. Download and install the application. Once done, visit this link: http://bit.ly/UUjIs0 and install Dell Backup and Recovery Manager. Reboot the computer and check if you are able to create the recovery media.
Please try these steps and share the status.

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My Laptop came preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium and I would like to create system recovery disks. I have a drive labeled RECOVERY (D. How do I create recovery disks from this drive?

A:Need to create system recovery disks from RECOVERY (D:) drive

We know nothing about your laptop, so it's hard to say. Who made it?? What model?

You probably have to access some program, either from a choice in your list of programs or through a particular keystroke during the boot process. Look in your list of available programs for something related to recovery or consult your manual.

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Hi all

I had this in the wrong section earlier and got no help, so trying again here. I'm trying to create a Recovery disc on a USB pen drive for my laptop (Asus Zenbook), as it doesn't have a CDROM. I'm following the instructions here to create the recovery disc on a USB pen drive. The problem I have is that when I look in the C:\Recovery folder, it looks empty to me. And yes, I have run the command prompt as Administrator. I can't proceed without this step in the process.

Can anyone help?

A:Why is my C:\Recovery folder empty? (trying to create Recovery Disc)

That partitcion is hidden. Use backup from controll panel or try mini tool partitcian wizard home edition.

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Does anyone have a resolution for this issue of all options disabled:  All the options are disabled.I've have tried to Create Recovery USB flash drive using the HP System BIOS Update Utility.MY HP 350 G1 will not boot. CapLock blinks twice. Need to Recover the Bios with the above procedure.I've attempted to create this uSB flash on 7 different pc's. Does not work.  

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Hi all I'm new here, so I hope this is the right sub-forum for this question. I'm trying to create a Recovery disc for my laptop (Asus Zenbook), and as it doesn't have a CDROM, I'm following the instructions here 95 - Make a bootable Windows Recovery USB Flash drive from a Windows 7 system - RMPrepUSB to create the recovery disc on a USB pen drive. The problem I have is that when I look in the C:\Recovery folder, it looks empty to me. And yes, I have run the command prompt as Administrator. I can't proceed without this step in the process. Can anyone help? thanks

A:Empty C:\Recovery folder when trying to create Recovery Disc

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Before you start make your Recovery disk.
Disable Boot Booster in BIOS setup before you perform system recovery from USB flash disk, external optical drive or hidden partition.

1. Press <F9> during bootup.
Ensure to press <F9> only once during bootup.
2. Select the language you use and click to continue.
3. Repeat the step 1—2 in the previous section.
4. Connect a USB storage device to your Eee PC and click Backup in the Recovery System dialog box to start the recovery files backup.
The size of the connected USB storage device should be larger than 16GB.
Memory cards are not supported for this function.
A dialog box appears as a reminder if you have not connected the USB storage device for system recovery backup to your Eee PC.
5. Select a desired USB storage device if more than one USB storage device is connected to your Eee PC and click Continue.
6. All the data on the selected USB storage device will be cleared. Click Continue to start the backup or click Back to backup your important data.
You will lose all your data on the selected USB storage device. Ensure to back up your important data beforehand
7. The system backup starts and click OK when done.

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I have 4 Disks as shown in the pictures.
(different view)

My 9-old HDD 320 GB drive was XP (C:\ DISK 2, Basic), and then I added a 120 GB SSD (S:\ Disk 1, System, Boot, Dynamic, Simple/Spanned) 3 years ago. Its not Active or Primary tho, C: is.

All programs user data on the S: drive. I am running out of space on S drive.

I added a new 240 GB SSD (Dynamic, Disk 3) - which has NO DATA and is Unallocated.
I want to aggregate S: Drive and this 240GB drive into one large volume to meet my space requirements.

However both Partition Magic and Disk Mgs "Extend" option is disabled. (WHY?? - is Extend option on the same physical drive only? Can one not span into other physical Disk Drives?)

Neither can I create a SPANNED Volume - the Spanned volume option is grayed out. (I tried with creating a Dynamic Disk on the 240 GB SSD but same result). (is it because I was tring to create spanned volume for the boot+system volume?)

Please note my old 320 GB drive (XP C:\ drive) is still "Active" although I migrated the BootMgr to the S: drive.

I cannot make S drive a Primary partition even though I tried this method (Partition Magic bootable CD --> Modify [same - problem as mine]).

But "Set Active" is grayed out :

If I cannot extend or span, what are my options?

Merge volumes on different physical disks to be one volume? This is also grayed out?
What can I do? Move the volume from the 120GB S drive to the 240 GB SSD?
Or set up RAID0?

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I am trying to create a full HD image of my Dell c800 Laptop using Drive Image 7 (circa 2003) to an USB HD. I have tried twice and received failures about my HD having bad sectors OR locked sectors. I ran check disc with repair and did not find any problems. Re-ran check disc from the boot disc that came with the application and found no problems with the disc. Tried again for a backup and received the same error. I am thinking it is one of the programs I have loaded has a locked sector or one of my processes that loads during boot is the problem?

Since you cannot use and USB device from safe mode boot I am not sure what to do?
Any suggestions? Is it likely my computer or is this Drive Image 7 just not worth the effort. I did use it as a backup when I re-installed my OS a couple of years ago.

Thanks for your help in advance.


"Wag more, bark less"

A:Cannot create Image to USB HD with Drive Image 7

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

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

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

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My laptop came with Windows 8.1 64bit operating and there is a recovery partition to factory reset. It was protected by the HP recovery manager. After i update to Windows 10, reset my PC (not factory reset) with the option keep my files , so now i have a Windows 10 and i can see  in recovery partition one recovery folder and inside it one file of name "lang" in the Recovery partition rest of the files and i can't see and there isn't any virus in my laptop its just of changing settings i took the step of reset windows 10. i believe my recovery partition is save but due to un availability of recovery manager it is not protected. now i want to factory reset and by going to advance startup option i saw recovery manager ther but when i clicked to recovery manager it says can't open file "x/recovery/hp/rita-tool" . thats why i cannot proceed for factoey reset.please guide me how can i get back recovery manager or how can i make recovery media ? please help !! 

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The recovery partition on my laptop was deleted so I obtained the Recovery Media Disks from HP for my laptop.  The laptop does not have a CD/DVD drive.  How do I go about creating the Recovery Media on a USB flash drive? -Does it have to be done on the laptop that I want to recover, or can I create the USB Recovery drive on a different PC Thanks,Mark

A:Create USB Recovery Media from Recovery disks

Hi, My suggestion: try an external Optical drive or send it back and ask for USB key/flash drive because DVD and USB do not have same structure. I don't know ripping DVD to ISO file work or not but you may want to try. Regards.

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I have a Dell XPS 17 laptop that has dual drives - c & d. The c drive crashed and was replaced by dell. We are now trying to do a system image recovery from the d drive. We are following How to do a System Image Recovery in Window7 from seven forums.com http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/675-system-image-recovery.html
After Selecting the System Image from the D Drive (STEP TWO, # 5 and 6), the computer prompts to create a repair disk. The only way to move forward is to create or not create the disk. In either case, it then has you restart the machine, takes you through the process again.... Step 5/6.... Never gets to Step 7 to actually DO the System Recover!
What am I missing. We have been at this for over 2 weeks and any help would be much appreciated!

A:Windows Image Recovery-Can't move forward after selecting Sys Image

Are you booting off your Windows DVD? Or are you using the Windows Recovery Environment by hitting DEL or PF8 to pull up Windows Repair?

I would think the only time you are asked to create a repair disk is during the actual TAKING/creating of the System Image (after it is complete).

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I've been dual-booting Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate, but a while back my Windows 8 kind of went "South" and wouldn't boot at all (I got an error message that a device was "not attached"). I have a recent system image on an external USB hard drive, but when I boot to "system recovery" using my repair disk it can't seem to find my USB drive at all.

The tutorials here mention installing a SATA driver to access disks that are not recognized, but this doesn't seem to be the case.

Any suggestions?

A:System Image Recovery can't find Image on USB Drive

Hello Philppo,

Double check to make sure that your BIOS or UEFI settings are set to be able to read from USB drives at boot.

Hope this helps,

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Currently use Marcium (registered/licensed) for backing up my OS install on Windows, never let me down.

I've bought a new laptop for the in laws and want to create a simple system restore from a USB stick (so probably 64GB to cover some other data).

I am looking for recommendations, particularly if any users have successfully done this, using a USB stick of this size.

1) Best suitable brand that enables bootable partition on the USB stick.
Reason why I ask I am aware that Sandisk USBs are not bootable and dont want to by another brand and discover the same issue.

2) Is it possible to have the USB stick to boot and hold the image to restore.
I am open to other suggestions as this needs to be relatively simple in process/fool proof. My inlaws live several hundred miles away and there could be language barrier issues

Also any tips when formatting the stick for use. I have always used Macrium Reflect and need to check their forums, so advice much appreciated.

Thanks for your time.

A:USB Stick brand recommendations for Win OS image backup

I use 320 GB external HD, and 2 USB sticks ( 8 and 16 GB ).
Firm: TakeMS Germany.

So far had 0 failures, my external hard drive as well as both USB sticks are hit by corrosion, they are over 5 yrs old but they WORK
If I'll ever buy a new one it will again be TakeMS

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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a Dell Windows RT tablet from someone. It had the problem of not starting anymore. I managed to get my hands on a Windows RT 8.0 Recovery USB Image for this type of tablet. I used a Imaging tool to install this image on a USB drive.
I booted with this and I could access the Advanced recovery options. I started the Command Prompt and launched Diskpart. I saw all of the partitions where gone. So I used Diskpart to re-install all of the partitions using the Microsoft standard.
It looks like this:

convert gpt
create partition primary size=450
set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter=T
create partition efi size=200
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
assign letter=S
create partition msr size=128
create partition primary
shrink minimum=4200
gpt attributes=0x0000000000000000
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter=W
create partition primary
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
assign letter=R

All went well. After recreating the partitions, I used DISM to deploy the *.wim image on the USB drive to the Windows partition and installed the bootloader afterwards. The tablet was fixed after this :) I installed Windows RT 8.0 and updated to Windows
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Ok, here is my issue.  I just purchased a brand new HP computer with a 2T hard drive.  However, I have a new SSD drive that I want to be the primary drive.  I have the new computer set up, but I have not turned it on because I want to clone
the pre-bootup image (with the recovery partition intact) to the SSD drive.  The SSD drive is around 500GB, so it should all fit. 

I looked a programs like Clonezilla, but it says that I can't go to a smaller drive, and it is not clear if it will copy the recovery partition as well. 

It does sound like I can boot it, go through the set up, shrink the partition, and do it that way, but I really wanted to start with a "factory" image.  And I don't know if doing that will capture the recovery partition as well.
If anyone has done this, or something similar, I would appreciate some advice.


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 I want be able to get my computer up and running in case of a failure.  If my understanding is correct, by creating a recovery image only, it does not save my software programs I have loaded onto my computer.  So, if I create a system image (mostly so I can bring back my added software) do I also need to create a recovery image?  Or does creating the recovery image take care of both things?

A:sytem image versus recovery image

Hi: I would do both. The HP recovery image will only restore the drive to its out of the box condition. Anything you add afterward will not be recovered. A system image will restore the entire shebang as of the date you created the image.

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It seems that either I forgot my password or used some illegal characters in my Drive Image 7 image password. The later is more probable. Is there anyway to recover it. Symantec was pathetic on Help an Support.

A:Drive Image 7 - Image Password Recovery

Julian, I am going toshiftyou up to XP. This is more for a software thansecurity problem, and we'll hole that someone there has some expeience with this prog.

Good luck!

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i have a problem of windows error recovery as i have been using win7 image provided by MNC .So now i came for onsite suport presently in cameroon . after getting this i tried with system recovery options..there i got 2 options . 1 is recovery tools asking me select operaring system but actually no operating system coming in the list . 2 is restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier. From above options obviously i selected 2nd one ..from that i have 1 is load drivers(that i dont have , company installs software centrally..no disc image) 2 is next ..obviously i chose next ..after selecting i got popup that Re-image your computer why because windows cannot find a system image on this computer ( either retry with dvd or cancel). i have chosen Cancel . Now it is saying that reimage your PC . i have a option that select system image..from there ..i have to chose advanced or refresh (have to put external image device.that i dont have)..i chosen advanced..pls guide me what exactly happend and my company has little support to offer in cameroon... pls post correct solution..

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I have a XPS 8920 SE 
I have windows 10 Pro
Dell OS Recovery Tool says Recovery Image Currently Unavailable. Even if I put in service tag manually same problem
How can I get it? I had it with the 8920 Black face.

A:Dell OS Recovery Tool says Recovery Image Currently Unavailable

Hi  n2rga73, you may also try using Microsoft Media Tool.

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If I abandon my efforts to install the latest Windows 10 update, would it be a feasible and a good choice for me to command HP Recovery Manager to make the "Minimized Image Recovery" to the factory condition of OS (Windows 7 Home Edition) with drivers and select software?  I have used HP Recovery Mgr to backup my files on an external hard drive.  Next question: How do I restore those files to my computer?  Should the restoration be done in Windows 7 or after I install Windows 10 on my computer?

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I have a XPS 8920 SE 
I have windows 10 Pro
Dell OS Recovery Tool says Recovery Image Currently Unavailable. Even if I put in service tag manually same problem
How can I get it? I had it with the 8920 Black face.

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I have the 3 Recovery DVD's for my Acer Aspire 8530G (the original hard disk has been replaced, so there is no longer the option to create any new DVD's from Acer Recovery programm).I want to make a Recovery USB stick from their contents, that can run the same recovery installation (or factory reset) like the DVD's do.Is there a way to do this?  

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Free Any Burn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that every one must have. It provides a free and complete solution for burning.

So says the author in Free Any Burn

Just about a month since it was born, I see that it is already making a mark. ( I have just downloaded it but haven't tried it since my burns are almost next to nil.)

An illustrative blog on it here Free Any Burn: An Advanced CD, DVD, Blu-Ray Burner and Disk Image Manager - Review - Insights in Technology

Those interested may try and post their comments.

A:Free Any Burn - a brand-new tiny CD/DVD/BD burner and Image Manager

Nice find!

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Hi Guys I hope that this doesn't sound too silly a question, but here goes: Laptop bought Dec 2014, Win 8.  Updated to Win 8.1.  Now upgraded to Win 10 via the MS free upgrade. I then ran the "Create recovery media tool" and produced the recovery drive (19GB+) - ie just after the Win 10 upgrade. Does anyone know if I can verify if the USB I have created holds Windows 8, 8.1 or 10? Also, can anyone explain why the same process (home made PC rather than HP laptop) produces a recovery drive of just over 4GB?  Both USBs were created within an hour of each other, and each of the computers has virtually the same 3rd party software on them. Many thanks for your sagacious help. ChilliFix

A:does create recovery media utility create utility for window...

ChilliFix, welcome to the forum. I believe that the Recovery media will be for Windows 8.  This is the original OS.  The app to make it is set for the original configuration.  You would be able to Reset the computer to Win 10 using the Recovery Manager, however. I am not certain of the reason for the difference in the size of the Recovery media.  I believe that it has to do with the fact that it Recovers the OS and all of the apps, as well as, the Recovery partition.  This would be done on a custom computer. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hi, I'm using recovery disks to recover Windows on my Lenovo G505 (the onekey recovery partition is corrupted). When I select either of the 2 recovery options using the disks I get the message "create recovery file (aodstat.dat) occurs an error" and I'm unable to proceed. Can anyone advise what this error means? The notebook is still under warranty. ThanksEd

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ok i deleted kaneva and my recovery on my laptop went blue whats a recovery partition and where would i find it include steps please

A:recovery almost full brand new laptop

Quote: Originally Posted by ragefire

ok i just got a new laptop 2 weeks ago the recovery is already full i have uninstalled 5 games and graphic apps too big i went in control panel and uninstalled all 5 at different times now i have one small game sims laptop version witch i had installed from the begining so thats not the problems and kaneva witch is small
for my computer this was like this before i installed kaneva so what do i do is this bad for it to be almost full

You probably have several backups that could be deleted.

Check the recovery partition.

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Hi all.

I googled looking for solutions to problems recovering a Compaq Presario computer and found a link here, so I thought I would post a possible solution I have stumbled across.

Make sure the system you are recovering has been restored to FACTORY SPECS. That means removing anything that wasn't in it when it was new.

I just tried to restore a Compaq Presario SR1915AN with a new hard drive in it from a new set of HP supplied recovery disks. I got one error after another, with problems copying files to the hard drive. I got as far as a reported 13% of the installation before I was forced to stop.

It reported problems copying Driver.CAB and Base_04.INP. I managed to get Driver.Cab installed by putting in a recovery disk from a different set, but no way could I get Base_04.INP to work.

After suggestions from HP that the Motherboard wasn't plugged in (WTF???) I tried dismantling the machine and reseating the CPU that I had previously removed in cleaning, and reseating the undisturbed DVD IDE cable and the HDD IDE cable.

I also removed the extra 256MB of RAM that the customer had installed to take the system from the factory supplied 256 up to 512. I then re-ran the recovery process with absolutely no problems.

I believe there was no problem with the seating of the cables or CPU. I believe the main problem with the system was that the recovery process baulked when it discovered more RAM than HP had installed, and would not continue.

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A:Name brand PC Recovery problems solved

I take it that the extra 256Meg of Ram did not originally come from HP
I'm not sure if that's relevant or not, but even same rating Ram (but different manufacture) has been known to cause issues (ie best to use exactly the same Ram cards always)

I was discussing a similar matter earlier on here: Windows will not boot with more than 2gb of ram (although the emphasis in that thread was the 2Gig max, before installing Windows, and strangeness of having increased ram in a system)

Either way, thanks for your post, it was interesting to note this issue (and likely cause)
Many times during a Setup fault, I have advised members to remove extra Ram cards and try again. It may be that the originally recorded Ram (under re-imaging) may be the answer (on some computers that may have Setup problems) Sadly you would need to test this issue on 10 similar, same spec, computers to really confirm. Or contact HP technical support, or possibly their tech forum, to ask of others experiences.

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