HP_Recovery partition

August 6, 2006 at 14:08:29
Specs: Win XP SP2, 1.4 Ghz

I am installing a new hard drive and would like to eliminate the drive that came with the system. On this drive are two partitions, the first holding the OS and the second is "HP_RECOVERY". I have copied both partitions over to the new drive but cannot get the recovery program to launch by pressing 'F10' during startup.

Is there any way I can copy the partition over and make it usable. If not, I can't seem to find a way to make a recovery disc from the partition, so any help on that would be appreciated also.

Thanks,

Paul


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#1
August 6, 2006 at 14:39:11

Try holding down ctrl and hitting F11 during the boot.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!


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#2
August 6, 2006 at 14:46:45

Look here

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!


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#3
August 6, 2006 at 17:00:18

I looked through the link you gave me, Ham, and, while it was what I was looking for, I couldn't find the software on my computer to make the recovery discs. I'm in the process of restoring some data, and when this is done, I'll try the F11 trick and report back.

Thanks,

Paul


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#4
August 6, 2006 at 18:11:25

You can not copy over the HP recovery partition and still have it work... The part that allows you to recover by pressing F10 is written into the MBR, much like the way of the linux boot manager system.

You also can not gain FULL access to this drive by directly going through XP.

I did discover however that you CAN access the recovery drive from another computer on a network. You can (among other things), manually place a setup shortcut on your desk top. The other thing you can do is UNHIDE the partition (the recovery partitions are ussually hidden) and use a win98 boot disk to gain access to the partition. They are almost always formatted as FAT32.

I ended up just simply doing a disk image of the basic XP setup and then just scrapping the entire recovery partition... In the long run it's much easier this way anyway.


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#5
August 6, 2006 at 19:42:56

I tried hitting F11 with no luck. Now that I check the board again, blackbill explained why. Is it possible to copy the MBR over to the new drive? Or maybe copy the recovery partition to a DVD?

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#6
August 6, 2006 at 20:37:44

try EASEUS Disk Copy to clone the disk to another disk.

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#7
August 6, 2006 at 20:46:35

Well, I purchased a Seagate drive that came with "Disc Wizard for Windows" to copy the old drive to the new. Shouldn't this also copy the old MBR? If not, now that I have the new drive with all of the old drive files (and booting properly), can I simply copy the old MBR over (after, of course, backing up the new MBR)?



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#8
August 7, 2006 at 06:47:02

Hi, Copy does not copy everything needed to the new drive. You should be doing a CLONE. All HD makers have cloning software. Maxtor's is call MAXBLAST. Some versions work on all brands, some don't. It's main use is to partition and format the drive, but also has the clone program. Says partitions, but also means entire drives.

Good Luck, Jim


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#9
September 12, 2006 at 16:16:20

is there a way to manually run the recovery from accessing the recovery partition in dos much like manually installing windows from the cd when your computer doesnt boot from cd rom?
my cousin has a 540n which HP no longer makes recovery disks for apparently and i have since removed the USER partition on the drive already so booting into windows and running the make recovery program is no longer available.

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