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Downgrade to Win xp keeping recovery partition intact

Q: Downgrade to Win xp keeping recovery partition intact

Hello I have a Toshiba L645 which is on win7 but i'd like to downgrade to XP. The laptop has a hidden recovery partition which I would like to keep intact to restore at a future date.How can I downgrade to XP and not delete the recovery partition as it is on same HDD but hidden partition. Thanks.

Preferred Solution: Downgrade to Win xp keeping recovery partition intact

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A: Downgrade to Win xp keeping recovery partition intact

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I have to install Windows 10 Pro in a bootable hard drive of about 1Tb (model WD10EARS), formatted like this: first an 850Gb NTFS partition with data, and then 150Gb of unallocated space. Currently no operating system is installed on the disk. My aim is to install the copy of Windows 10 in the unallocated space, keeping untouched the partition with the data; is it possible?

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Hi ... I have seen a tweak somewhere but I can't remember from where now , I just reformat my computer , I had this option under the " My Computer " It was a tweak or something , Any ways it would keep the icons on my desktop from moving around , It would lock them in the place they were set at , Does anyone know of such thing ? Thanks

BTW I know about the setting "arrange icons by" That not what I am looking for , What I want is a add on tweak under the My Computer area

A:Keeping Icons intact on desktop

Kelly's corner gives the following fix.

Icons - Lock on Desktop

"In Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP you can lock down the position of the Desktop icons using a couple of files from the MS Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit. Download Layout.dll here. ftp://ftp.zdnet.com/wsources/0598/layout.zip

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How to?

I've looked for fdisk, so I can use the 'fdisk mbr' command, but it doesn't seem to be on the machine at all, as it was in previous editions of Windows.

Is there another way? I've currently got Linux and WinXP dual-booted with a GRUB boot manager (the standard for Fedora Core 4). Before that, there was only WinXP. I just need to get the PC back to that state, is all.

Any help is much appreciated, thanks.

A:Removing Linux (and keeping WinXP intact!)

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I have a computer with a 250 GB hard drive that is nearly all used so I want to add a new hard drive for extra capacity, what steps should I follow in order to do this properly? Also is their a way to put the old hard drive and new hard drive as the same Drive type and have a C: drive with 500 GB's of storage to use.

A:Need info on how to add a new hard drive while keeping my old one intact?

Not sure if you can make both of them set to "C". But its real easy to set up a second drive. Make sure that the jumper is set to "slave". Then pop it in there hook it all up and that is pretty much it. Then presto you have another drive.

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If I had a OEM computer which I wanted to reinstall Windows 7 from a retail disc, can I keep the system recovery partition if I do a custom installation and only choose the partition with the operating system on it?

A:Install Windows 7 retail over OEM keeping System Recovery partition.

When installing win7 you select on which partition to install (or in unused space). Win7 comes there. The win7 bootmanager and bootmenu come in the partition where it always was.... or (if no partition was marked active) in the win7 partition itself. So ... it doesn't touch the recovery partition

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Hello! I was hoping to downgrade my M700 from Windows 10 to Windows 7 32bit (32bit due to some older equipment that need 32 bit).  So far I used the Intel tool to inject USB 3.0 drivers, and I was able to boot up the Win7 installer with USB keyboard/mouse support, and it was also able to recognize the drives.   I was about to delete the stock 3 or 4 partition setup, then to create 2 MBR - NTSF partitions, but then it dawned on me, if I ever want to go back to Win 10, will the USB recovery built from Win10 restore the original GPT partition layout? Thank you, Eric

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As you can see my recovery partitions are intact yet F11 does not work.  It I set to boot from recovery partition I get MBR error.  Any advice on what else to try? 

A:Recovery partitions intact but cant access?

Perhaps the F11 is not being pressed at the correct time.Here is a guide to the Recovery Manager  http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01867418

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Under Windows 7, I've been trying to figure how to extend the end of an extended partition while leaving intact its containing logical volumes.

With Disk Management it does not work.

Diskpart also does not help me any further. With Diskpart, I can make the extended partition the focus (*) of operation but Diskpart refused to do anything, and is requesting a volume to operate on an not a partition itself.

Would there be any trick in Diskpart to do the job?

Is there any third party sofware who could extended an extented partition while leaving its logical volumes untouched?


A:How to extend an Extended Partition; leave logical volumes intact

Try Partition Wizard, it's free for home users

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

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Hi everyone,

I'm running Windows XP, on an HP Pavillion Laptop.

This morning I got hit with a bad virus... when I realized this was the case, I went to google spyware/virus problems and any website I went to was redirected to random virus sites, trying to make me install more viruses. Even when I typed in "www.lavasoft.com" to get adaware, it said page could not be displayed. Pages like Facebook, Google, Gmail, etc, would work but anything having to do with spyware would be redirected or couldn't be displayed.

I then attempted to do a system restore. Well guess what, the system restore would not respond either. I would hit "next" and nothing would happen at all.

I then tried to reboot in safe mode. When this happened... the computer would not go back into XP/Windows Explorer at all. It was just stuck at that black screen that gave me the options of "starting in safe mode", "last known configuration", "start windows normally", etc. No matter which option I chose, the same loop would happen again every 25 seconds and I couldn't get into windows.

SO I finally decided to dust off those recovery discs. Put the first one in... hit R. It recovered my files and I can still see them all and they're working fine. HOWEVER, now when I go to programs such as my dvd/cd burners to try and save these files, these programs are not working. Says they are missing parts. Even Itunes wouldn't open... I had to reins... Read more

A:Used my Recovery discs today... files saved but programs not intact??

Welcome to TSF....

Yes there is an easier way but unfortunately not right now since it is already too late to use an imaging program like Acronis True Image


If you had an image all you would have had to do is run the restore disk that you would have had to make and restore the entire hard drive partitions and all and be done with it. Now since you did not all you can do is Install all of the programs all over again.


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Greetings all,

I'm trying to determine the best way to recover my OS. Here is my scenario (*full sys cfg below*) :

I had the boot sector on one drive and the /windows, etc., on another.
I lost the boot sector (broken RAID array).

So, I still have everything, except the boot.ini, etc., that was on that disk, in current form on other hard disks. I have an (recent enough) Acronis True Image back-up of the boot.ini, etc., and /windows as well.

What I would like to do is create a new (or recover old) boot sector and boot back into my previous, most-recent (non-back-up) WinXP install. It sounds simple enough but I am having all kinds of difficulties, which is why I thought it best to poll the forum before proceeding (no luck on searches for this exact scenario).

Since I've broken the previous RAID array I have new drive mappings. I'm unsure how much of a factor this will be nor how to remedy.

What I've tried (unsuccessfully) thus far is:
WinXP install to recover
New WinXP install (on different disk than previous) and edit of boot.ini
bootcfg /add (doesn't find old install)

I must be missing something because it's gotta be easier than this!

TIA for any & all recommendations. I'd really appreciate it. It's been so long since I've had to dig into this stuff... hearkening back to my NT Internals (Winternals) utils days and just hoping I'm being an idiot, lol! The thought of having to reinstall all my apps, etc., etc., jus... Read more

A:Solved: Recovery options? Lost boot HD - /windows intact

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system: Acer Aspire One D255

IF your already familiar with some of the OEM Recovery Partitions that some come with, feel free to skip the next 2 paragraphs my question is bellow them.

It comes with an OEM partition as the first primary. Does not show up in explorer or allow me to assign it a drive letter, but does show up in Diskmgmt. Its Volume Lable: PQSERVICE ,Its partition type/name in MBRwiz shows as "12-OEMIA" and Boot type = No

The computer BIOS is equipped with a Disk-to-Disk(D2D) recovery option. So i can just press (Alt+F10) before boot to run Acer's OEM disk restore program to restore the OS to factory default installation from the hidden OEM Partition.

(QUESTION): I want to keep this OEM Partition intact/usable. But reformat the computer with my own xpPro disk (among other things listed later). So I'v been doing do diligence so to try not screwing up the OEM partition. Is it safe for me to Install xpPro sp1 onto the 2nd primary partition? or are there precaustions i must take beforhand?

I have already backed up the OEM MBR with MBRwiz, and though research not for my particular situation have found suggestions to HIDE other partitions as a precaustion especialy since XP likes the 1st primary part, However i tryed and failed to HIDE it with MBRwiz as Disk=0 Part=1 gave me = ERROR 558: Unable to hide this partition type

Also my Acer OEM partition is activated through the BIOS i assume?(not sure if other components are involved-ex.the MBR(... Read more

A:Reformat ? RE:keeping a OEM Restore Partition

If you format, you will loose the Recovery Partition. I don't think it is possible to dual boot and still keep the Recovery Partition. If you format it will wipe out the accessibility to the restore partition. If you install Linux and the Grub boot loader you will loose access to the Recovery Partition. If dual booting is what you want to do and not that concerned with the restore partition, then you can format the drive, create 2 partitions, install XP and Linux, then make a Clone Copy of the drive to another HDD or DVD's and then you will have a backup in case of failure.

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Since we now have W7's create disc image (new to me as I knew nothing about W7 as I had XP previously), is there any reason whatsoever to keep your data off the C: partition?

Since you can backup the whole smash (meaning, if all your data is on C: and you create disc image C:, it DOES backup 100% of C drive, correct), who cares where you data is any more? Obviously, this implies you keep a short-term backup of your whole C: drive. However, you do need another partition to back up TO, so you'd still need another HD partition (or use a dead-slow USB2 external thumb/HD).


A:Dumb Q re: keeping your data OFF the C: (OS partition)

Assuming you're getting quality backups (that you've tested, of course.. ) there is no reason for a separate data partition.

If the backup file(s) or image(s) become corrupt...or if you have a physical drive/mechanical failure, then you'd be at a loss.

I keep my data on a second HDD and once every month or so backup what's important to me (mainly pictures from over the years) to a few DVDs.

Just good practice.

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currently i have vista 32 b with 2 partitions one for system and one for data

if i want to do a fresh install to 64 b win7 and keep the data on
my data partition, can it be done ? or must backup my data on external
source and format both partitions?

A:installin win7 64b while keeping a partition with data

I would back up my data and format both partitions just to be on the safe side.. Your going to be doing a clean install and the 64bit file system will not be using the 32bit data anyway... You are going to be re-installing your programs, so what would you gain by keeping your data files??

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I have build in an SSD. The original partitions on the hard drive were C: (Primary), D: (logical), EL (logical) and F: (Logical) end the SSD as H: (primary) and I: primary). Booting the system was done from C: Now as I force my computer to boot from the HDD it still boots from HDD-C: When booting from the SSD I see C: being the SSD, from the HDD I in the explorer I see only the Original D: E: and F: drives. What I want to do is dividing the space now used by the HDD-S: among the D:, E: and F: partition. How can I achieve this without completely cleaning the whole HDD

A:How to remove a primary partition while keeping the logical partitions

It would really help if we could see a screenshot of Disk Management.

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i bought a new 2.13GB penrin toshiba satelite L505-10P laptop. it has a
500GB harddisk with 3 partitions in it, the 1st is a the 400mb recovery
partition, the 2nd a 232gb NTFS with a 64bit french win7 home premium in
it, the 3rd is a 232GB NTFS contains recovery files: msdia80.dll,
R11461FR.tag N a directory: HDDRecovery contains several subdirectories.
i want to repartition the HD but i'm new to toshiba and to win7 n 64bit
systems. i'm planning to do:

1. copy the recovery files in the 3rd partition to a removable media
2. shrink the 1st partition to the minimum possible. should i? how many
3. shrink the 2nd/win7 partition to maybe 100GB (any advise?)
4. del the 3rd partition
5. make an extended partition in the place of the 3rd
6. make some logical partitions in it, with specifics drives for:
a. general data
b. music n multimedia (actually i have nearly 70GB of music, plus
some videos/records)
c. backup where i'm gonna put the recovery files from the former 3rd
d. a linux swap (how big? i have 4GB of RAM)
7. make the 4th primary partition for 1 or 2 distro: ubuntu or kuliax
(an indonesian debian derivee suited for IT learning n programming)

my questions are:
1. what i know is that a HD can only contain 4 primary partitions.
please CMIIW
2. if i proceed like that, will the recovery process be always
fonctional? will the recovery image not be alterated? can i move
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A:repartition n keeping the recovery files

You ask many questions, but I will try to answer some.

Only 4 primary partitions on a MBR formatted drive.

400 MB isn't much, so you may not want to shrink it, plus you might not be able to get that space back anyway.

100 GB for a Win 7 partition should be fine, but only you would know for sure.

I do not know if Linux will load in a logical partition, you might check first.

Since I do not use a Toshiba, I cannot guarantee the recovery system will work if you do what you seem to want to try.

Your warranty might be affected if you change all these things.

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Hey guys, my T450s 's harddrive is starting to give me problems and I am thinking about replacing it. My plan was to [1] backup all data externally, [2] replace the HDD, [3] recover OS and system setting with the recovery disk and [4] reload my externally-backed-up data. However, my concern is that I am not sure where the recovery disk is located, and my worry is that by replacing the HDD, I would have removed the recovery disk too. (In which case I may need something like Acronis to capture an image). Does anyone know if the recovery drive is tied to the HDD? Below is my laptop configuration: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.70GHz)? Windows 7 Professional 64 preinstalled through downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro? Windows 7 Professional 64 preinstalled through downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro English? Security Chip Enabled? 8GB DDR3L-1600 4G Base+4G (1 SoDIMM)? 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5"? 16GB M.2 Solid State Drive Single? 3rd M.2 SSD slot Thank you


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A:T450s can I replace my HD while still keeping the recovery disk

Hello and welcome,
I wrote up something about that ... a  long time ago.  Should still apply:
ThinkPad T450s: SSD migration & OS Installation: Clean, Clone, and Recover

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I want to reinstall windows xp with a windows xp recovery disc i have bought but i am worried about losing microsoft office as i havnt got the discs. Is there anyway i can do this without losing microsoft office even thou i havnt got the discs.

Many Thanks


A:xp recovery disc and keeping microsoft office

If you have proof of purchase see this: How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs, and replace product manuals

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Hi!Recently I have upated my laptop bios from F.21 to F.24 A after 3 days I noticed that my laptop battery is dying so I thinked to roll back the bios to F.21 but when I rollback bios from hp diagnostic it says (unable to open/find bios signature file) So I cannot rollback the bios. Please help me my laptop battery is dying.  Thanks In Advance.

A:How to downgrade bios without HP_TOOLS partition

Hi AbdulRaheem25 wrote:Hi!Recently I have upated my laptop bios from F.21 to F.24 A after 3 days I noticed that my laptop battery is dying so I thinked to roll back the bios to F.21 but when I rollback bios from hp diagnostic it says (unable to open/find bios signature file) So I cannot rollback the bios. Please help me my laptop battery is dying.  Thanks In Advance.  ========= Hi! I want to downgrade my laptop bios because my latest bios is draining my laptop battery 3 times faster than before. So I want to downgrade the bios but when I run it it says (This bios file is not allow to flash. The flash process will be terminated). Thanks In Advance================== Hi Quite often when you do  a BIOS upgrade it is stated that you cannot go back to an earlier one.  Which may be what you are experiencing. Therefore I would find a way to treat the device as though it was a corrupt BIOS and create a Flash Media. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01443485  might be a good place to start. If in doubt please ask. ======================

Happy 2 [email protected]

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i have the installed the window 10 technical preview without the recovery of window 8.1. but now i want to go to the previous version window 8.1

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A:downgrade from window 10 without recovery

Hi, You have to make decision quick if you wish to upgrade to Windows 10 for free by 29-Jul-2016. You have to contact HP and order a recovery set            http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/bph07143 Regards.

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So i've had my computer for repairs. They thought it was from windows (it wasn't) and installed W10 on my Qosmio X875-Q7280. I tried to downgrade, but they did a clean install so there was no downgrade option. I tried boosting it with recovery DVDs that i have from the toshiba recovery creating tool (or something like this). Disks are:
Toshiba Qosmio Recovery DVD Disk 1
Toshiba Qosmio Recovery DVD Disk 2
Toshiba Qosmio Recovery DVD Disk 3
Toshiba Qosmio Recovery DVD Disk 4
Toshiba Qosmio Windows recovery Environment 64bit.
I don't know how to start the recovery. I inserted the DVD disk 1, restarted and option showed up and i used recovery. After an hour all it did was reset the windows 10 they put in my pc. Nothing i do makes me go back to W7 with those disks.
I tried getting Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files) from Microsoft site and burn it to a flash drive. But when entered the product key i got this message.
"Error. The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options."

I really need help fast. Because it seems they put a pirated version of windows 10 on my pc. And not it says the license is running out or something and i wanna go back to my preinstalled and legal w7, but can't. What can i do? It says licence expires on 24th jan 2017.

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Basically, I upgraded from windows 8 to 8.1 a few weeks ago and since I could barely run any games, they have compatibility issues and all sorts.

I tried updating my drivers, it says they're all up to date
I spent countless hours looking for solutions on how to downgrade
All the solutions require me to have a disk, but I lost it
I also looked up on how to set it back to it's factory setting, but it doesn't work

I was told to press F8 or F9 (can't remember at them moment) as soon as the computer turns on until the recovery screen pops up, but it never does.

I'm using an Alienware x51.

the first thing i wanna know is, is it even possible to reset my computer without the disk?
if not, then where can i get another disk that came with the computer?

Please help, this is so depressing.

A:Downgrade from 8.1 to 8 no recovery disk

Is this a OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?

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With all the threads providing help for people who want to downgrade their Vista OEM branded systems to XP, I'm wondering how you go back to Vista if desired using the recovery partition. In this particular case the computer in question is a Dell. I successfully installed Windows XP, but the MBR was obviously overwritten, so the F8 and F11 keys do not provide the option to access the recovery partition.

I did some searching on the web, but I wasn't able to find a solution to this. Anyone have any ideas?

A:Recovery Vista after Downgrade to XP

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I bought a X1 gen 3 a couple years ago. When I purchased it, I choose to downgrade from Win 8.1 to Win 7. Now I need to restore Win 7 and am having problems. I can't find the win 7 recovery media option anywhere from Lenovo. If I install using a stock windows 7 installation, I can't activate it because I don't have a windows 7 key... isn't it built in to the BIOS? Please help! Thanks

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

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

Here's the background:

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

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

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

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

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hi -

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

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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

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

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

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

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

A:Hard Drive Partition Without Effecting Recovery Partition

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

Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New

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

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

Thanks in advance.

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

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

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

Boot with your Vista recovery DVD and reinstall Vista.

Regards. . .



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Hello, I recently inherited a Lenovo Ideapad U310 Model 4375 and it currently has Ubuntu installed with no sign of any Windows partitions.Because of this, I can no longer make a recovery disc (if it was even possible to make in the first place). I've looked up the serial # on Microsoft's website for Windows and the windows product key is to be serviced by OEM (so can't download a Windows 7 ISO).Also, when trying to go through Lenovo's contact us page, the laptop shows warranty has been expired (whcih is fine). However. I could not find a page where I could purchase the recovery disc. Other things I've tried is pressing the Recovery button on the side and selecting "System Restore" from the boot menu. As expected, this does not work as the partition no longer exists. My questiopn is, where can I get a recovery disc to restore this laptop (Ideapad U310 Model 4375) to factory settings?   Thanks,Jon

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I've recently taken delivery of my a new Thinkpad X260.  Like a good little user, the first thing I did was run the utilty which created a recovery disk on a USB drive, which I've stored away carefully. Now.  When I ordered the X260 from Lenovo, I deliberately specified it to be supplied preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional 64, through the downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro.   I had first established that if and when I wish to upgrade to Windows 10, that will not be a problem for me.  All good. What I am keen to know is, should I ever need to use the recovery USB drive which I created, will that let me reinstall either Windows 10 or 7, or is there anything else which I should be doing to be sure about this? Thanks 

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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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I have a laptop HP 450 G3.
The disk contains 
a) Recovery partition
b) System partition
TPM is activated
The Laptop wasn't attached to Domain.
I was using this system for over 6 months without a problem and <g class="gr_ gr_25 gr-alert gr_tiny gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="25" id="25">i</g>
was using only the <g class="gr_ gr_22 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="22" id="22">bitlocker</g> password to unlock it.
My password is a 10 digit number, for example, 1234567890
After I attempted a Windows 10 Upgrade to the latest version and turned off the PC the system now asks for Recovery key, which I don't have because ? never used it before.
All my files are in this partition, including the operating system and ? cannot access it.
I have also tried to unlock the drive with the manage-bde command but failed.

I am confident that ? types the password correctly since ? was typing it for 6 months.

What can ? do to get back my data? Anyone that can help me please contact me

I also tried the repair-bde command but with no success.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>repair-bde h: x: -pw
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Repair Tool version 10.0.17134
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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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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Product Name and Operating system: DV6 21124el (windows 7 ultimate 32bit)
I have this laptop for the last 3 years and never used the recovery option as I didn't need to, the recovery partition is there never been formated, now my windows is too slow and wanted to restore it to factory install settings but when i press the F11 button in the start to boot in to recover mode it just take me to windows boot screen without giving an error, I did some research and found out that i have to make the recovery partition as active partition but the problem is that i couldn't do it as there is no such option to make the partition active in WINDOWS DISK MANEGEMENT and couldn't see the recovery partition in DISK PART (in windows).
images will be attatched if needed actually there was no error so that's why I didn't upload any image.

thanks in advance hoping i will get a reply here.

A:Recovery not working and couldn't able tomake recovery partition activ

100+ views and no reply ... seems like an over rated windows forum

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

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

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Hi everyone,

I'm stuck in a pretty bad situation right now and I have no idea about how to help myself..So recently I've been wanting to 'reset' my Windows 8.1 laptop, & I just cannot because my recovery environment is missing..
First when I got this problem I thought there would be an easy-intermediate level fix like every other problem. (and I love fixing stuff.)

But this one doesn't look like an easy fix or I'm not even sure If there is a fix. So the big mistake I did was, I deleted my "System Recovery Partition".

I have searched everywhere possible and I'm not getting a fix.. I would really appreciate IF YOU GUYS HELP ME!
and another problem is that I don't live in the USA or Canada.I've got a Dell Inspiron 15R 5521, 8GB RAM, intel i5 3317u.

and Dell provides Backup Media to only the people who live in the US and Canada. Please guys, I need a solution.

I have a separate Windows 8.1 Installation Disk, but what I'm scared about is If I install my Windows from the disk, my Dell features would be gone and I don't think I'd be able to have a proper Recovery Environment in the future because this Disk's installation files are nothing related to Dell. Its just a clean Windows installation disk I got from my friend a while ago. I've tried the repair my computer option from the disk and it does not help...

Thank you

A:Recovery Environment Missing -System Recovery Partition Deleted.

Hi ahmedrahamathulla,
Please private message us the system service tag and region you are located so that I can check the available options and assist you further. To send a private message, click on my name and send private message.

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I tried to upgrade my Windows 7 computer to the latest Windows 10 build. However, there was some issue after upgrading the operating system, which would prevent the computer from shutting down or entering the hibernate mode. I decided to revert back to Windows 7 again, since there were also other issues with software and device driver compatibility.

The computer successfully reverted back to Windows 7 without any errors reported. However, all of the backup and recovery applications such as the Dell Backup & Recovery / Windows Backup & Restore / Acronis True Image have now stopped working. These applications worked without any issues before the Windows 10 upgrade attempt. All of the bootable media previously created by these applications also now displays errors.

The option "Repair Your Computer" accessible with F8 key during boot also displays the below error:

Windows failed to start. A Recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your langugae settings, and then click next
3. Click "repair your computer."

Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
Please advise on how to restore the System Restore functionality. Thanks.

A:System Recovery Stopped Functioning Post Windows 10 Downgrade

Welcome to our forum InternetUser

Here is a tutorial that should help you.
Capt.Jack Sparrow

System Restore General Troubleshooting to Fix Issues

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I was running partition magic to partiton an external hard drive but partiton magic took it upon itself to do...something to my recovery partition. the recovery partition doesnt show up. its there because the other partition software i use (minipartition) sees it and can view the files. i think maybe partiton magic unlabled it or something. PLEASE help. i have no idea what to do

A:partition magic and windows 7 recovery partition

That's no problem; try giving it a letter in Device Manager.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to TSF by the way!

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I just lost a partition. It changed, something happened I cannot access my hard drive now.

I have used R-Studio data recovery in past and it has worked well for me. I was just wondering what other people out there think is the best data recovery software for a lost or changed partition?


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

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

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

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Hi guys I am trying to fix this HP Compaq dx 2300 Microtower. It is running Windos XP Pro.When it is turned on there is a message on the screen that says:Boot from CDWarning: A partion overlaps your system recovery partition. Press F10 to start system recovery anyway or another key to delete the recovery partition.I did not press F10, instead i pressed any other key. The reason is because I think it will ask for a Restore CD when I press F10. and the restore CD will surely clean out everyting on the hard drive. How on earth can I get this message on screen out of the way....and is there another way around this ??Please help me......

A:A Partition Overlaps System Recovery partition

Since this is an HP specific recovery partition, I really would suggest contacting HP Technical Support as they may have better information for you.I would suggest using their online chat since it is usually faster and they are more willing to help even out of warranty (in my experience)However if they refuse to help you out of warranty. (assuming it is out of warranty)My following suggestions are assuming that you have proper HP restore media (cd/dvd) in their entirety in proper format and are not scratched or damaged.Sometimes if the recovery partition of your hard drive is damaged, even doing a recovery using the cd/dvd is not going to re-write the recovery partition, it will only reformat and recover the main user parition.For that reason what I really would suggest is to backup your files, and reformat your hard drive from another computer. Then use the restore cd's to re-write the partitions on the drive.

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I have a Samsung Ultrabook series 5 laptop..some couple of month usage i completely remove my hard drive and change the windows 8 to windows 7..when i use windows 7 i realize windows 8 is much better then windows 7 so again i clean install of windows 8. i boot drive in PXE UEFI Only Mode.​Some reserved partition created also 300MB Healthy Recovery Partition is Created.when i install a Samsung Recovery Solution Software it Says "Recovery Partition Does Not Exist"..What do i do.also when i refresh Pc it gives me Error "The Drive is Locked Where the Windows Installed"​ I want to make my Laptop like 1st time it was...

Can any one Please Help me...

A:Recovery Partition Problem.Partition Does Not Exist.

I want to make my Laptop like 1st time it was

If you did not make the factory recovery discs during the initial setup of you laptop, your only recourse at this time is to order them from the manufacturer. You have no other options available at this time to recover your laptop to "factory status."

Good luck,


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(I know it's a redundant thread but I think I'm having a different scenario)
Specs: (nothing's changed except I did reinstall win8.1)
- win8.1 x64 single languange
There was a time when I want to resize my drive C to smaller partition:
I used Easus Partion Manager to do so (to dumb I was). After rebooting my system could not start
The BSOD showed up:
PC needs repair (blah3x)
Error code: 0x000225
I was able to manage to repair and I came back up fine using a tutorial in youtube
using bcdboot C:\Windows /s (any drive letter): /s uefi
At this point, I downloaded a new copy of windows8.1 SL, thru "mediacreationtool" (as a legit copy i suppose)
and then I reinstalled using the ISO from MS, now I'm totally OK, at least at the moment.

Seems like everything's working as it is now, but as soon as I try to press F9 upon boot up, same error popup
Error Code: 0x000225, and again I got used to doing the bcdboot method.
NOW, this "Restore" partition the size of 20GB, and appeared and it had something in it (some files I think).

This wasn't there before and after reinstallation of win8.1 SL. IT ONLY appeared when I pressed F9 then I repaired
it using bcdboot.

If there's a way that I could restore my notebook pc back to day one: Or am i that close? (close enough)
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A:Unable to fix recovery partition ASUS / Lost recovery

So Im not entirely certain on what you are asking here. Your computer is unusable right now, or you cant get the recovery partition to work correctly?

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