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Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk

Q: Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk

Note I have a OEM windows product key .

No Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk came with my computer.

Do I have to go to Microsoft web site or the manufacturer of the computer web site to download the recovery disk, repair disk and Installation disk.

Some one said you can download windows ISO from Microsoft web site if you have the product key is that true?

If not where do you get the Installation disk, recovery disk, or repair disk?

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Preferred Solution: Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk

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

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

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


hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

A:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis

also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1

How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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I want to know how to approach dell to get a copy of windows 8 operating system iso so that I can reinstall the windows on my laptop.
I have following questions regarding same:
1. What is the procedure of obtaining the Windows 8 operating system iso from DELL?
2. If dell can provide the requested, what are the charges for the same?
3. Can the OEM version of the windows 8 be installed to another computer? What I meant is that how many licenses does I get with OEM version or how many times I can reinstall the operating system during the life cycle of the product(Windows 8) using the same key?
4. If the license key is embedded in the hardware then can I use any windows 8 installer iso to reinstall the OS?

A:How to get the WIndows 8 installation disk/recovery disk from dell?

Hi Nitin,
The Windows product key is pre-installed in Dell systems. However may I know the reason why you are looking out for a disc?
If the computer is not booting up and if you want to request for a disc then you may use the below link:
http://dell.to/19q87KN  (For U.S only)
If the system is working normally, you may create a system restore disc by following the below steps in Windows 8:
(1) Move to mouse pointer to the top right corner and click on the search button.
(2) Select applications, type Dell backup and recovery and select search.
(3) On the left side you may click on the application.
(4) Once the application opens select recovery disc and create rescue disc.
OEM discs (Win8) can be installed on any Dell computers (if Windows 8 is pre-installed in that computer from factory).
It is suggested to use OEM image for re-installation purpose.

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I read somewhere that if your idiot computer vendors have given you only a Recovery Disk for XP, you can create a proper OS installation disk by copying all the files in i386 to a CD.

Does anyone know the complete process for doing this properly?

I have about eight directories called i386 on my machine (God knows why) which have different collections of files in them.

Also, how do I make a bootable system disk in XP?


A:XP Installation Disk made from Recovery Disk


Creating a Windows Installation CD from your Recovery Disk

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It is adviseable that you slipstream the service pack if your original install was not SP2 so that you can use the disk for system file checker and repair/ recovery as well as clean install.

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I am new here and I need some help. I created a repair disk a few weeks ago but I'm not sure if it'll also work as a recovery CD, meaning that if I need it, it'll reformat my hard drive. Is this disk good enough to reformat my hard drive, or will I have to order recovery discs from Toshiba?

I also wanted to know if, when I forget to plug the battery to the charger, if it creates a hibernation file just to get me to pick up where I left off, if it takes a lot of hard drive space if it does, and if so how can I find that file and delete it just to save hard disk space. This happened to me like 5 times since I got this computer brand new in January.

Thank you so much

A:Is Repair Disk same as Recovery Disk?

The Windows Repair/Recovery Discs that you can make from within your computer are used simply to revert to backed up system images, repair your system and use other system maintenance tools from disc.

These discs do not allow you to perform a clean installation (Format, Install).

In order to perform a clean installation you'll need a Installation disc. The company that sold your computer should be able to sell you a copy for the cost of shipping and handling.

Many people attempt to get around this by creating the recovery discs as soon as they get the computer and then creating a system image of that time as well. This gives them the ability to revert to that time using the recovery disc. Personally, I use system imaging to revert to a point where I have all my basic programs and preferences installed, but haven't yet started to install games and other junk.

EDIT: You should purchase the installation discs, but you should also create a system image (a full hard drive backup) once you've installed your basic programs and preferences. This will allow you to revert to a clean Windows installation without the hassle of installing drivers, required programs and all of the other requirements that don't come pre-installed.

I don't trust the native Windows function, instead I use a program called Macrium Reflect. There are many more options including the native function, Norton Ghost and others.

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I've usually built my own and family members' computer systems, so have been using the original Windows 7 installation disks whenever I needed to do a fresh install or do a repair install, etc.
Only recently have I created Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit system repair disks, so wanted to ask what is probably a basic noob question.
As far as I can tell, the only difference between the two types of Windows disks (install and system repair) is that the original installation disks will support making a fresh install of windows, and the repair disks don't.
Is this the only difference, or am I missing something?

A:Windows 7 System Repair Disk Versus Windows 7 Installation Disk

Basically a Windows 7 recovery disk allows a non-booting system to access the Advanced Options screen for start up repair, Repair install, etc. It won't restore an image, you need a installation disc for that.

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Applies to:
Home Basic
Home Premuim

It seems many in the Forum are having an issue with corruption either of the User account and/or Windows that may be a result of Malware and/or User error, and suddenly find themselves without the means to fix or re-install Windows Vista.

If your system is up and running without issue, or you plan to upgrade your hard drives in the future, be proactive and create your own Vista O/S Recovery Disk now. For those even with a Vista DVD, and/or a Recovery Partition the time saved in means of Driver and Program re-installation is a fraction of what it would take you to painstakingly reinstall Windows/Updates/drivers/Programs in the event of unrecoverable failure or error.

If you have a Vista Retail/Upgrade/OEM disk (as opposed to recovery media), and are having problems, there is also a a way to "repair" Vista without losing your Data/Programs.

Here is how:

1. Create your own Recovery Disk for free:
Requires DVD's, and/or External Hard Drive at least 250GB in size (recommended)

Download and Install Paragon's free Disk imaging software (drive backup), This will create a Bootable Recovery Image of your entire Hardrive and Installed Partitions.

Set up Vista's File Backup Utility to backup weeekly:
Start>Control Panel>System and Maintenance>Backup and Restore Center

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A:How to repair/create a Vista Recovery disk for those Without a Vista Installation DVD

Thanks Rive. Good info.

Admin: This should be a sticky.


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I have an Alienware M11x with Windows 7. This brand of Alienware laptops "does not" have a disk drive, so a windows 7 boot disk is useless even if I had one, which I don't. I tried to start up this laptop today and Windows will not load. it goes to startup repair, and startup repair will not fix the issue. So I don't know how to fix this issue and get windows 7 to load. Every tutorial I
find online say "use the boot disk." I don't have a boot disk, as I said this laptop doesn't even have a disk drive built in.

A:Win 7 Startup Repair Not Working. No boot disk or laptop disk drive.

Use a windows 7 boot usb drive, that you can make your self for free?

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i tried to make a disc image yesterday, then tried to backup my laptop (compaq w/ hp software and W7 home premium) and it comes up with an error saying its missing a "Volume Shadow Copy blah blah blah" its in the attachment. i want to create a system image.

help'd be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 can't backup or make disk images or system repair disk

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Currently I am unable to boot my Windows 7 Pro OS on my Lenovo X230 Thinkpad which has been working well for sometime dual booting Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.3.I bought the laptop 2nd hand while it still had a valid warranty although it has since expired on 29/5/16.I had a problem with an external USB 3 1TB HD being used with a Samsung smart TV for recording and pausing programs, the TV failed to recognise the HD when connected.After rebooting the laptop with the HD attached I believe the Windows 7 MBR has been corrupted preventing the OS from loading.My Linux Mint OS is still perfoming fine.The reason for my post here is that I am unable to access the Repair option when booting up from an external USB DVD-RW drive with a generic Windows 7 Pro install disk downloaded and burnt onto a DVD.I have tried 32Bit and 64Bit versions.Also a version which I believe was "OEM".The Windows 7 Pro install disk loads but when the Repair option is selected returns a message about using an incompatible OS disk.I believe that this is because the Windows OS originally installed is a Lenovo "OA" version rather than full retail.It seems hard to believe that this gives Microsoft the right to restrict my access to the disk repair facility by which I was going to restore the MBR to enable my installed OS to load again.Microsoft it appears advises users to go to the vendor to resolve the issue. On the label under the battery the OS is listed as:-Windows 7 Pro OA for LenovoX1693704It seems that w... Read more

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I have a Windows7(Home Premium) pre-installed Sony Vaio Nw20SF/S laptop in which i tried to create Recovery disks(2 DVD's)... using Vaio Recovery disk Software(Inbuit). It stopped(or hanged donno) in the middle while creating the 2nd DVD then that was cancelled, but a new partition with no FileSystem is created for about 9.3 GB when i look in the Computer Management tool present.

Now, i have two questions to ask...

1) Does Sony Vaio models with Windows 7 comes with Hidden Recovery Disk Partition(D:... something like that or not)???
2) What to do or how to make use of the 9.3GB partition present???

Please Help.
Thanks a lot in Advance...

A:Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...

Help please.....

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I'm trying to install a PC with Windows 7 threw USB (2.0). Therefore I've used Windows USB/DVD Tool.
To note, I've installed a NEW hard drive, the old one broke down due to it's age.

Now I'm getting the next message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK.

I've tried setting the boot sequence but none of that helped, I keep getting the same message.

Thanks in advance,


A:Windows 7 Installation error DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK

Normally means that the hard drive is not detected. Check its connections, plugged securely into SATA1 port with no others attached, data and power cable securely attached.

Then enter BIOS setup by tapping the key given for that on the first screen. Is the hard drive registering anywhere there? It often will be represented by its Serial Number.

Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save settings and Exit.

Proceed to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

A:optical disk installation of Windows 8 after a hard disk crash

Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan

I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

I'm not positive, but I'd guess a $14.99 price for Win 8 would be a download, unless Samsung is offering some special promotional price for a disc.

I've seen a price of $69.99 for Windows 8 Professional, which I think is for a disc.

I'd find out what that $14.99 price is good for. It may be for an ISO download, in which case you could burn the ISO to a disc.

I'd keep the Windows 7 disc regardless. If you are like most people, you probably will find 7 preferable to 8.

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Move windows 7 installation from one disk partition to other disk partition
HI all ,

Before going into details of my problem, I am listing down my system setup.

I have 3 HDDs on my pc with following details :-
1. Disk 0 - 500 GB - Windows 7 32-Bit Installation on C: - Partitions ( C - H)
2. Disk 1 - 1 TB - Windows 7 64-Bit Installation on J: - Partitions ( J - N)
Here I want to mention that, my Win 7 64-Bit installed on J: , and my linked documents folders reside in K: under folder K:\MyFolders ( as shown in K_myFolder.jpg)
3. Disk 2 - 1 TB - No OS on any partition - Partitions ( O - T)
As shown in attachment DiskMgmt.jpg

Now my problem is, windows 7 has detected some fault in Disk 1, thus I need to send the Disk 1 for RMA. So for the same I need to move my Windows 7 64-bit OS installation from Disk1 - Partition J: to Disk 2 - Partition O:, and data folder Disk 1 - K:\myFolder to Disk 2 - P:\myFolder.

How can I do with keeping the settings as mentioned above. How does my OS References will be remained for the requirements.

Thanks in Advance.


A:Move windows 7 installation from one disk partition to other disk part

We need to see the labels which are obscurred in the Disk Mgmt columns, nor can we see how much space is used on K you want to move to the smaller P.

You want to use Disk Imaging.. I would use free Macrium Reflect which offers more flexibility where to reimage the partitions you choose to image. Macrium - Image your system.

However if you have a WD or Seagate HD in the mix, you can use their premium Acronis imaging app which is best of all, and has a very easy to understand Manual on it's download page on either HD maker's site.

After imaging if the OS fails to start on the new HD, unplug all other HD's, confirm the OS is marked Active, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until it starts and holds the System flag. Then set preferred HD to boot first in BIOS, boot other one using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

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Hi there,
first off I wasn't sure where to post but my guess is it's a driver problem so that's why I started the post in Drivers section. So here's the brief story..

I'm presently running Windows 7 and I'd like to switch to Windows Vista 32 bit. I have both Vista Home Premium and Vista Business, however the two CD's won't read, neither while logged on windows, or when I try to boot the disk after bios booting (yes, I set CD/DVD drive as first in booting sequence).

I'll say in advance, I deleted the windows.old folder so now I can't revert to Vista that way.

I would say it's the CD/DVD drive, but I've inserted other CD's/DVD's and they were read completely with no trouble. As well as, I'd say it's my Vista disks that are bad but the business disk was sealed in the original "paper cover/container", therefore there are no scratches or damage to the disk.

I want to also mention that windows update is up to date.

I'm running on a Dell Studio 1535, any thoughts on what might be preventing me from reading and installing Windows Vista?

A:Vista installation disk not reading, DVD drive AND DVD disk is good

I want add that another thought of mine is that the disk won't read until the hard drive is completely wiped, but I'm not sure if that's how Vista installation disks are configured and if wiping my hard drive will help..

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I have recentley made some alterations to my dad's comp.
Changed the mobo etc... had to change it back for various other reasons.
my current issue is that i wanted to reformat and install XP onto the HDD.
But it is not reading any software disks, do you think it would it be a software, OS or hardware problem. Could you direct me where to post if this is in the worng place.

The computer is running Xp home ed at the mo and boots up, but i have to press F1 in the bios prompt at the mo as it is set to boot from cd drive, which fails. the cdwr/dvd reads and will play dvd's but will not read any software disks. i have tried printer, OS , broadband initial drivers disk. In the cdwr/dvd properties it says file system unknown when a software disk is iinserted. This is true for jpegs and audo disks!
Any ideas. I have updated the fireware for the drive.

A:Unable to reboot using Time reload disk or XP installation disk!

Have you uninstalled the drive in Device Manager, rebooted and let Windows find and reinstall it?

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my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!

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Hello everbody, a reluctant famliy computer fixer here,
so here's the story-
we have a Gateway GM 5474 desktop computer that had the hard drive fail,
here are the computer specs that I started out with:

ProcessorAMD Athlon™64 X2 6000+, 64-bit dual core processor

Operates at 3.0 GHz
2 x 1024 KB L2 cache
2000 MHz system bus
Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE
MemoryInstalled: 2048 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB DIMMs)

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive

Optical Drive: DVD ±RW, 16X super multi-format dual layer drive

Write max: 16X DVD±R, 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R DL, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

DirectX® 10 and Blu-ray™ / HD DVD™ capable
One DVI-I port with HDCP
One HDMI port
One S-Video port (includes DVI-VGA Dongle)
AudioIntegrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition AudioNetwork SupportIntegrated MARVELL 88E8056 10/100 Ethernet

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

1TB maximum storage capacity
Serial ATA interface
Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
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A:Solved: hard disk replcemnt reloading vista mc from recovery disk

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I recently had to reinstall a windows 7 recovery disk and recovery driver disks that were sent to me from Lenovo support saying my warranty was good until 2015 sometime. Any way little did I know that I was in the think pad department and I have an idea pad Y570 0862 any way I explained to them in detail what my system was and they still sent me the recovery disk for the wrong machine. so I did the install not knowing it was for a think pad and now realize that there are things missing plus it is supposed to be win 7 64gb and the baseband drivers are not installed and I can't get them installed. well they won't transfer the warranty from one department to the other and say that I cannot get an extended warranty through the right department because it shows there that it is expired any way I have installed the drivers that are ment for my system to the best of my ability but I'm sure there are drivers installed for the wrong system and if I run test every thing says it is OK but I'm not sure I trust that plus I have a 32gb win 7 installed when I should have 64gb and I cannot find my blue ray info in device manager it just appears that I'm stuck unless I fork out more money for there mistake and I just don't know where to go from here or what to do! I hope this post is not offensevie in anyway I just have learned to trust this forum and respect the views and help I have received so if any one has any input please by all means let me know. Sorry again if this post is improper!

A:Complete wrong Windows recovery disk and driver disk sent by lenovo!

Hi there ... This seems all wrong to me you now have a 32 Bit OS which wont support your 8GB of Ram .. How ever you should have a Product COA Key it should be some where under your Laptop .. If this is the case you could do a Clean Install of windows with the 64 Bit OS .. But if i was you i would be seeking Legal Advice ...

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hey Guys,

Looking for your advice and any links if any...cheers in advance

My Situation

In December 2009 I purchased a Toshiba Qosmio X500 - Model No. PQX33A-00X00J

At the time I upgraded my purchase from Toshiba Reseller BD4U, going from the standard 1x 500GB Sata drive + 1x 64GB SSD... to instead having 2x 500GB sata drives. I purchased with 3 year onsite next business day warranty, that is is now expired.

It came loaded with MS Win 7 Premium Home Edition - but no disks provided.
My Needs
I need/want to factory reset my PC - its starting to run slowI need to re-partition from my existing 4x partitions to just having 2
The Issues
Possibly as a result of upgrading the disk drives at time of purchase, I don't believe I have a hidden Recovery partition in order to do a System Recovery from the Hard Disk Drive - see image of my current partitions attached I don't have Win 7 OS installation disks or Toshiba Driver disks as they should have been installed by Toshiba
My Questions
Do You agree that I DONT have a Recovery Partition - when looking at the partition image? I'm confused on this point coz people say its hidden!?Given I have no Toshiba Drivers Disk or Windows 7 OS disks - what should I do? I'm thinking of downloading Win 7 (use my product key from sticker under PC) and making a disk/USB (but need to learn how)Is this where I get ALL necessary Toshiba drivers for my PC from?Does Toshiba provide a link on its site and instructions on where to get Win 7 ... Read more

A:Qosmio X500/00X System Recovery (Factory Reset) From Hard Disk Drive or Separate Disk

Sorry the model is Qosmio X500/00X

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I have a Qosmio G40-108 and it works fine although the disk drive is not reading disks any longer, possibly because of a motherboard failure as I replace the drive with a brans new one and it is still not working, but my problem is this..... I have the Product Recovery Disk , I tried to copy it on a USB and reinstall the OS from the USB and the software start loading a page with the Toshiba logo asking to insert the Recovery Disk in the drive F: that I can`t no longer use as it is broken. How can I prevent the disk from asking to insert the disk in the drive F:? Are there any lines on the recovery disk so that the laptop can install from the USB without using the disk?

I managed to install a generic Windows Vista 32 bit downloaded from a website and my serial key is working with it but I really would like to reinstall the original software
P.S. Product Recovery is for Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit and just in case there is also a serial number on the disk GMR400766ENG

A:Qosmio G40-108 - prevent product recovery disk do ask to insert disk

I don't have experience with this but I found interesting article about creating recovery USB - http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm

Maybe you will be able to create recovery USB stick. Check it out.

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I have started using my nice new Satellite T110-12. How can I create a recovery disk?

Why there is a frequent message about vibration has been detected, hard drive head disk has been moved to a safe position? Is there something wrong? Should I return it before the week is up?

Please answer, many many thanks!

A:Satellite T110-121 - Question about recovery disk and hard disk

Hi LindaMon,

> How can I create a recovery disk?
What about reading your user manual?
You need an 8GB USB stick for creating a recovery medium and preinstalled Toshiba recovery disk creator.

> hard drive head disk has been moved to a safe position?
Yes, that?s normal and everything is ok with your notebook. Your HDD will be protected by HDD/SSD Alert utility that is a nice feature from Toshiba to avoid head crashes and can enhance the life of internal HDD.
But yoou can disable these notifications if you want. ;)

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I am having to reinstall XP - the setup starts and then reformats the hard drive. After it has done that it won't start the program installation it just keeps looping and reformatting the hdd.

Anyone any ideas on that one??


A:Installation disk keeps reformatting disk not installing program

If this is happening where setup restarts and the display shows "Press any key to boot from CD"... do NOT press any keys.

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I had a virus which McAfee virus removal could not remove. I then tried to perform a complete computer recovery using the recovery disks I made when the computer was new. That did not work and I got an error message saying that the disk letter could not be found. I then used the erase function on the recovery disk and completely erased the disk. The recover effort failed again with the same message. I tried to reinstall from an original windows disk of an earlier version (XP) but that failed with the message "not enough space."

The computer is a Sony VGN-CS215J or a PCG-3E2L (both model numbers are shown on the computer in different places) The OS is Vista.

I used the diskpart command to see what was on the disk. The following information was shown (not in this format)
Disk ID=00000001
Type = ATA
Bus = 0
Target = 0
LUN lD = 0
Read only = NO
Boot Disk = NO
Page file disk = No
Hibernation File disk = NO
Crash dump disk = NO

Volume ### Volume 1
Label (blank)
Type Partition
Size 233GB
Status Healthy
Info (Blank)

Does anyone have any suggestions? I haven't quite figured out the syntax necessary to change anything. But the Boot Disk being NO and the FS being RAW raises questions in my uneducated mind. I had originally planned to just purchase a new hard drive, but read somewhere on this forum where someone had a similar problem but getting a new disk did not solve it.

Thanks for any help

A:[SOLVED] recovery disk can not find disk letter

It is showing that your HDD is RAW, meaning there is no partition or file system. You can either boot the computer with a Windows CD/DVD and Create a new partition, Format the Partition NTFS, do not do a Quick Format, (this takes longer but will test the integrity of the drive). and then install Windows. You can also prepare the drive with GParted Live CD. then run your Restore DVD.

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I weekly run Disk cleanup on Disk C. However, I have never run it on Disk D (Recovery). Is it safe and/or necessary to do?
Vista Home Premium

A:Solved: Is it necessary and safe to run disk cleanup on Disk D (Recovery)?

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Hey. I wanted to do a software RAID1 to my current Windows 7 system disk. I saw a few tutorials and guides were this had been done.

I converted my present system disk (2 data partitions + system recovery partition + small boot partition?) into a dynamic disk. I was not able to mirror the disk because of the new Advanced Format sector sizes being different between the disks (old one 512 per sector, new one 4096 per sector). Anyhow.

I rebooted, and got the error "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"
When I boot the Windows 7 DVD and select repair, it can not repair the boot automatically.
It can not see the disk either.

When I boot into Hiren's limited XP, the Disk Management does only see a Dynamic disk - foreign. I don't know if that's my other disk or my system disk. It sees 1 dynamic disk, the USB stick where Hiren is running from and my CD drive. Screenshot at the bottom.
The Device Manager correctly identifies both disks.

At this moment, I have 2 HDD's connected. Both are 1Tb. One is the Samsung disk, with my Windows install (normally C:\) and a data partition (normally D:\). The other is a data disk (normally F:\)

When I boot into Linux, it does see my files and partitions. But it gives off many errors.

I suppose it's an error with the boot loader or boot partition? How can I fix this?
With the mismatch between sector size, I think I'll have to clone it onto a more recent disk, but it has to work, either as a dynamic or ba... Read more

A:Unbootable after changing to dynamic disk. Win recovery can't see disk

We only see problems with RAID and Dynamic disks here. Dynamic is intended to span a partition across multiple HD's. RAID isn't even redundant since many lose everything if one disk fails. So I would not do it.

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I have lost my recovery disks and now the hard disk of my laptop also has some problem and unable load win XP.The laptop bought in 2008 how can I get my recovery disc and pre intalled disc partition for Win XP. Sivakumar.

A:Hard disk damage and recovery disk lost

Sorry that i have to said but XP is by far no longer supported.  This meens that you can't find anything for XP and special Recovery or ready disk for XP! only 3rd party websites that are not recommened to use. Or Buy Windows Licence / or even more better to buy new laptop us any way your laptop is too old

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Hi, I have a toshiba satellite C650 that has recently come up with a disk read error. I want to access the command prompt to try some potential solutions that I have read about on the internet. I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop which also has Windows 7 installed. When I use the recovery disk and it has loaded the files etc it just brings up a black screen and the cursor. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening? I tried booting my acer laptop from the recovery disk and it worked fine. Also does anyone have any suggestions as to why I am getting the 'disk read error - hit ctrl, alt and delete to restart' message? Any help would be much appretiated, thanks.

A:Disk read error and recovery disk not working?

Hi -- First go in and fill out your system specs completely. == Are both of the PC's using the same Win 7, Home Premium or whatever the case may be? Are they both OEM or Retail?

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I recently restored my system to restore point set prior to a failed upgrade to W10 . The restore was "successful" but then... When I boot up, I get normal login but when I enter my password system tells me it is setting up my desktop??  Then it stalls in never never land. When I  boot in safe mode I get my normal desktop but not much works including networking. Most anything I try yields an explorer  error message that the file or resource cannot be found, etc.  Curiously I can open any PDF file with Acrobat and I can even browse and load  other PDF files on the hard disk from within acrobat. I ran boot log and in fact most of the the drivers other than sysroot... did not load. I tried all of the repair options provided by HP and microsoft without success.  So I decided to restore using a set of disks I dutifully prepared when I recently moved my system.  Unfortunately the restore from disk option cannot find the boot file on disk #1.  When I put the disk in another machine I see a normal set of foders including one named "Boot"??I REALLY want to get my system back to what I had when I exeuted  the restore to restore point!

A:System Restore issues Recovery from recovery disk set disk#1...

Be sure disc 1 is clean and no scratches and try again,

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> http://www.xperts.co.za/multi-boot/ I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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Having been helped by so many on this forum, I thought I'd help someone who doesn't have a Vista Repair Disk (...like ME!) and need one badly (...like ME!). Out of pure frustration and out of all other options to resurrect someone elses computer, I stuck in my WINDOWS 7 REPAIR DISK and it actually worked and repaired the Vista startup problems!!! Give it a try the next time you hose up Vista startup. My thinking was ...Windows 7 is a close "cousin" of Vista... why not?

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I have a windows 7 installation disk and I don't know whether it copyrighted protected or not. If protected then how to make a duplicate disk for backup?

A:How to make a duplicate disk of OS installation disk?

If protected, you don't make a duplicate unless you like jail.

You download legal .iso's for the operating system you have and wish to install/reinstall.

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I just bought a new computer from Newegg and decided that after looking at the info seen here that Kaspersky Internet Security would be a reasonable option to put on my two computers at home. The installation went fairly well (only a couple glitches). Want to create a "rescue disk" but in addition to downloading "PEbuilder" (no problem there) it calls for access to the XP Service Pack 2 installation disk. The machine didn't come with a separate XP SP2 installation disk. How do I come up with a XP SP2 installation disk?

A:Kaspersky rescue disk needs XP sp2 installation disk?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250u Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3835 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 921 GB (827 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0DPRF9
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

I do not have a windows installation disk as they are no longer included in purchase of systems. I have everything backed up using Macrium program. I also have a system repair disk which I made in Feb 2017. If I have a system failure and the OS is wiped out or corrupted or whatever, will the repair disk put it back in order or do I use the Macrium backup file for that. Thanks in advance.

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hi guys im new to this forum , i have a problem that i need help solving ok here i go: a friend just gave me his computer to have a look at, its a Gateway GT series with windows XP media centre edition 2005.
The problem its having is that i will not load the desktop up it loads the bios screen and boot screen, but if left the computer will load with the "windows has not shut down properly please select mode of startup", then says safe mode ect ect and start windows normally, ive tried selecting all these options. the computer loads up as far as the windows logo and the scrolling blue dots underneath then reboots. and starts the process all over again, i have the original boot disk but its cracked all the way through and is unreadable and gateway wont replace it any ideas on how to fix it, i think its an hard drive error but not sure thanks in advance


A:Recovery Disk Cracked Beyond Repair

and welcome to the Forum

You can run diagnostics on the hard drive ( click here ) to rule out drive failure

You can borrow any OEM version of MCE installation cd and use your product key to install.

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In reading the tutorial for doing a repair installation of Vista I read that if SP1 had been installed that a "slipstream" disk with SP1 had to be used. Can you not use the OEM disk to do a repair and take it back to the original installation and then update to SP1. I don't want to lose any data that had previously been on the hard drive. I cannot get it to boot now with any of the options such as "start up repair" and Bootrec.exe.

A:can oem disk perform a repair installation after sp1 update

"The Vista installation DVD that you use to do the repair (upgrade) install must be the same or newer version of Vista with the Windows Updates and SP level than what you currently have installed. If the DVD is a older version, then you cannot do a repair (upgrade) install with it."

If I was You I would just perform a re-install with your Disk.

Note- another way, is to use this partitioner to install Vista on another partition, log into the new install, retrieve your data and delete/re-install Vista after deleting BOTH Vista Partitions. You will essentially be dual booting, retrieving data from the bad Vista install, booting back into the Vista disk and deleting ALL partitions, then re-installing Vista again as a single install into the unpartitioned space.
Tutorial: Dual Boot using free partitioning software

Note-sometimes when you perform a boot (startup) repair, it has to be done twice.

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HELP!!!I am going mental her as my laptop keeps saying  'Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive' I have not put any files on there and the recycling bin is empty! - I have no room to make a recovery back up or create a system image as it's full?I haven't had this laptop that long and can't think whats going on with it?  Could it be a virus?  Also I have no cd/disc drive to make any kind of back up and i was unsuccesful at making a usb attemp at backing up! Anyone know WHY my 21gb Recovery D Drive is full and only has  4mb available space?!!!!! I checked and found that there are NO previous back ups on there!! (which is worrying) The first thing i did was check for similar problems on here and i've followed alot of advice on checking that it's not set up to back up automatically to D drive (the box is unticked on D) I am worried it will pack up on me and i'll loose everything as I can't make a back up!!! Please Help!

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In my laptop only 2 drives are present. my recovery drive (D) is goes automatically fill day by day. i'll do format number of times but problem is not solved. i also do the this thinks:To modify system protection settings:Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties". The window should show the version, processor, etc.In the left pane, click System protection. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.In the box that lists available drives, see if D: is "on" or "off". If it is "on", select it and click "configure"Select "Turn off system protection". This will remove the system restore points just for the D Drive.Hit OK to close the settings windows. BUT PROBLEM NOT SOLVE HELP!!

A:Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive

Post an image of the contents of the recovery drive here.

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my hard disk was broken. No recovery disk. how i can have os back?

A:my hard disk was broken. No recovery disk. how i c...

Acer recovery mediaUS:http://us-store.acer.com/erecovery/rcd/Canada:http://caen-store.acer.com/erecovery/rcd/if you are outside the US and Canada, you must call/email your regional Acer support service:http://www.acer.com/worldwide/support/  

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Okay, I am so tired of receiving Low Disk Space on recovery (D). I have done everything it asked. Empty Recycle Bin which is EMPTY. I am not a computer wizard but it seems unfair that I have pay over $150.00 year to correct this problem once a year. I have checked a lot of places and it just keeps telling me the same thing. That doesn't work. Can someone explain to me in English (plain) how to correct this problem.
I did just install a HP wireless printer 3052A
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HP Pavilion dv6000
Windows Vista (home version)

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A:Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive

Do you have the D: drive selected in system restore? If your computer is saving restore points for D: this could cause it to use up disk space for no apparent reason.Look for a folder called "System Volume Information" at the root of D: I am assuming you don't use the D: drive to store any personal files or swap files...

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I've tried using the "Create a Recovery Drive" and have tried making my own installation media using the "Media Creation Tool". Both seem to do nothing, just constantly search.

The Media Creation Tool stays on the "getting a few things ready" screen for upwards of half an hour then I'll close it and it'll say "setup is cleaning up before it closes" and it'll stay on that screen forever. Even task manger won't close it - it will not show up as a process any longer, but still on the screen. EDIT: I have to shut down the computer to close the window.

Create a Recovery Drive, when choosing "Back up system files to the recovery drive", does pretty much the same thing, a screen with a green progress bar going left to right for hours.

I'm trying to put it, either way, on a 32gb USB flash drive.

This is driving me nuts. Its a new computer no software has been installed by me other than the MCT and a tool to find the windows product key. I'm very new to Windows 10 coming from XP.

thanks in advance

A:Can't seem to make a recovery disk or install disk

Hello Plaid Moose, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If you like, you could directly download a Windows 10 ISO file, then create a USB with it.

Windows 10 ISO Download

USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

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   I have a HP Pavilion a6660t. I bought a new hard disk and the Vista Recovery Disks did not work.  I don't know what error messages because the TI guy did everythink. I contacted microsoft support and they checked my Vista product key number and it still valid. I need some help please. Can I download a new Vista SO? 

A:recovery disk did not work on new hard disk

>   I don't know what error messages  Darn.  Having that information would allow us to help you. 

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Thanks for the information, though it was not the answer I wanted, it lets me know what I now need to find out. I have a SONY VAIO 2GB Intel Processor Model No. VGN NS 110E with Windows Vista Operating System.

I received a message to run a disk scan, received a message there was a problem and recommendation to run a disk repair. Windows was unable to run a disk repair and recommended calling Sony Support.

I got much mis-information regarding the program from several calls and had a recent difficulty regarding my security system that did not resolve the problem after a long call and them removing a security system via online.

I ran the option, not informed to me from the Sony techs to rescue data. I ran this program several times and it keeps stopping on the same file, not at the exact same point. I had been erringly told from a Sony Tech that the program sitting on the same file for over an hour was normal and that it could take all day to rescue a mere 12GB of data.

The goal is to rescue/save to external drive the data that the c disk recovery program on the computer will cancel out when I do the c disk recovery which will put my c disk to the point of factory installation. The program states that other partitions will not be affected and my memory from years ago personal and main frame computer experience tells me that my documents and other files will not be touched and the partitions operate like a buffer protecting both the start up of the operating syst... Read more

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Hi. I have a dell studio laptop 16" screen, 4gigs of mem. 360 gig hd, had vista home installed-upgraded(?) to windows 7. My hard drive is partitioned as follows: (C:drive) 224 GB free of 283 GB. (D:drive) 4.07MB free of 14.9GB. So the operating system is on D and all downloads go to D, and with only 4.07MB, not many downloads can happen. My question is
can I repartition C and D or am I stuck with this configuration? Can I delete anything on D?

A:Low Disk:You are running very low on disk space on recovery :D

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Hi all, I was not able to install windows XP Pro as an upgrade so I have decided to format my system. I have a dell Inspiron 9300 and the thing is that I have a partition on my hard drive that is used to reformat. Should I use that and then install XP Pro as an upgrade, or format the entire disk and install Pro from scratch?

A:Recovery disk vs Installing Windows XP Pro from disk.

If I were you I would just install XP Pro from the CD. If you go this route, though, make sure that:

1. You have a GENUINE WINDOWS CD from a past version of Windows. Since you have only an upgrade CD you will need an old version of Windows to prove that you qualify for an upgrade. If you don't have an old Windows CD, use the partition first and then upgrade.

2. Make sure you can download the drivers. If you can't download or find all of the necessary drivers then use the partition first and then upgrade.

If you can say that both of the above apply to you just go ahead and clean install XP Pro and then load the drivers on after install. You'll also need your XP Pro Upgrade product key so you can activate Windows.


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I have an HP Envy with a recovery partition. I did indeed create a dedicated USB drive that copied the recovery partition from the partition on the hard drive that shipped with the unit.

I wanted to create a restore registry type of system repair disk as you could in Windows 7. However even though I read that the option should appear in the Recovery Options that says: Create a Systems Repair Disk with a CD or DVD (see System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8), that option never appears.

While I do have Acronis as a backup I would like a quick bootable CD/DVD that offers a registry restore option. But perhaps that is what the recovery partition is for and when the time comes it will offer me that option, not sure (????).

Or may be there is a separate .iso I can downlaod and burn like I did for Win 7 32 bit and 64 bit

Thank you in advance

A:Cannot create Systems Repair Disk only Recovery USB


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