Boot Recovery Partition

Shona January 27, 2009 at 09:49:46
Specs: Windows XP

I hope someone can help, I need to know how to boot the recovery partition on my hard drive? I've done it before but now I can't find how to do it again. All I remember are bits of it, I know it was done by typing stuff into the cmd promt then restarting the laptop. Something about making disk active? So when I restarted, it went straight into the revcover program. I want my laptop back to the factory settings with windows vista. Hopefully someone can help!

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January 27, 2009 at 10:49:49

I believe you have to boot off the recovery/restore CD.

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January 27, 2009 at 11:18:04

This isn't really a hardware problem. What's the manufacturer and model of the computer you have?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 27, 2009 at 11:25:57

Sorry, wasn't sure where to post it?

I don't have a recovery disk. I know there's a way to set the recovery partition as the active disk, so when computer starts up it boots into the recovery program. I've done it before but after googling again I can't find the same info I found the last time, so thought someone here might know.

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January 27, 2009 at 12:05:52

What's the manufacturer and model?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 27, 2009 at 12:18:44

Each manufacturer has a different method of starting the recovery, so knowing the manufacturer and model is vital.

Checking the manufacturer's web site might save you some time.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 27, 2009 at 13:03:01

For situations where the OP fail to list the make & model...

1. Go HERE.

2. Click on the hyperlink How do I use this Startup Repair?

3. Navigate down the page and carefully read If Startup Repair is a preinstalled recovery option on your computer..

The above is universal for all preinstalled Windows Vista computers.


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January 27, 2009 at 13:24:03

Oops I left out one more thing - the preinstalled recovery procedure will work as long as the recovery partition has not been disturbed or otherwise used by the user.


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January 27, 2009 at 14:38:51

Manufacturer: Hewlett-packard
Model: Hp pavilion dv6700 notebook pc
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
CPU/Ram: 2 GHz / 3070 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
Sound Card: High Definition Audio Device

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January 27, 2009 at 14:43:27

The recovery partition is still there. I installed XP over Vista and couldn't access the revcovery partition using the relevant F key. So I found how to do it by making the recovery partition active using CMD. I need to do this again. I'm maybe not explaining it very well I guess.

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January 27, 2009 at 15:40:54

I installed XP over Vista

Oh dear but why didn't you tell us this in the very beginning? This changed everything. Your recovery partition is in effective totally useless. You need to visit to look up & order Vist Recovery Partition Rebuild kit for the particular model.


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January 27, 2009 at 15:52:13

I've done it before though, the recovery partition still works, but ONLY from making that particular partition active. In the cmd box, I had to type something like chkdsk and I think it was disk 0 and disk 1 and I just had to make the recovery partition active. I guess people aren't really understanding what I'm trying to say, I'm probably wording it all wrong. It can be done, as I've done it before.

How about forgetting I want the recovery partition, how do I make another partition active, so the laptop boots up that partition? I will keep googling and trying to find what I found the last time. It was a very simple process.

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January 27, 2009 at 16:09:41

Who are we dealing with? Is the usernames Shona and honeypops s one and the same? In any case I am bailing out from this thread. Good luck.


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January 27, 2009 at 16:22:02

Yes it's the same. I had to sign up to reply, whereas I didn't sign up to post.

Well thanks anyway.

Anyone else any ideas? It's a very simple 2 minute excercise. In cmd promt, I make disk containing recovery program active/primary (not sure what the term is). IT CAN BE DONE. I'm just having trouble remembering what I googled to find it the last time.


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January 27, 2009 at 16:38:44

"OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate" If you are currently running WinXP and you have Vista on the recovery partition then what is with the Windows 7?

If you installed Windows 7 on there you may have trashed the recovery partition.

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January 27, 2009 at 16:48:12

I have 2 hard drives, at the moment I'm using my spare hard drive to try out windows 7.

I'm trying to restore the original hard drive that came with the laptop. Which has the C Drive containing XP and it is partitioned to I think D which contains the recovery program. I want to go into CMD and make the laptop boot into D. I'm not sure what the cmd is that I need to put in.

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January 27, 2009 at 20:59:08

Sometimes you'll have an option on the posting screen to choose the boot partition.

I had a similar problem with a Dell not long ago and used a dos program called PTEDIT to change the boot partition. There's some info here:

Boot to dos, run PTEDIT and change the recovery partition's boot indicator to '80' and the other partitions to '00'. Then reboot from the hard drive. (The instructions on the site above say you need to boot from a win98 bootdisk after changing the boot partition but since the recovery partition is bootable you don't need to do that.)

After running the recovery you probably won't need to run PTEDIT again as the recovery process should reset the boot partition info.

If your windows is currently working you may be able to download PTEDIT32 and run it from a command prompt.

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January 28, 2009 at 01:20:19

I now remember it was something to do with "Diskpart active" after I selected the disk partition I wanted...

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January 28, 2009 at 14:08:53

Well, DISKPART is a command that should be available to you. Did you try typing that at the command prompt?

If that's not what you were thinking of, I know PTEDIT/PTEDIT32 will work.

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