create bootable recovery disk for hp pavillio

May 6, 2011 at 08:51:40
Specs: Windows XP
can not upload the the pavillion a1520n to it's original state from the original disks, tried to overwrite the hard drive with wiping out the old window operating system with a new windows installation, the data is still in the hard drive, but I can not access it. can not see to get the system to boot to the C: drive

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May 6, 2011 at 09:52:39
"tried to overwrite the hard drive with wiping out the old window operating system with a new windows installation, the data is still in the hard drive, but I can not access it"

If the old data is still there, you obviously didn't wipe anything. Explain how you went about reinstalling Windows.

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May 6, 2011 at 11:09:14
Go to the link below for instructions on how to do that. If your hard drive is the original one you don't need to use the disks.

Do you understand that once you perform a factory restore none of your person data will be there anymore. I don't know if HP offers a non-destructive restore or not.

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May 10, 2011 at 09:26:54
I placed window's xp in the e: drive and tried to do a repair, the repair failed and it stated to contact the system adminstrator. So I opted to install new, it would not allow me to install new, the hard drive needed to be reformatted. I tried reformatting, it would not allow me to reformat either. I can not get windows to open, I come to the screen where I can see the set up configurations or hit f10 for system recovery, that takes me out to a blank screen. When I his esc and I can select either the hard drive or cd to boot, I can not get anything to happen.

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May 10, 2011 at 09:27:53
Tried the link, it does not help, it appears the F11 does not work there is no system restore data out there. I see no downloaded recovery disc on this site. Any other suggestions?

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May 10, 2011 at 14:22:41
So you no longer have a restore partition and you didn't burn a restore set?

What type of disk is the WinXP you are currently using? Is it a restore type or a full version?

If you are not using the keyboard that came with the computer then you may have problems with your keyboard working in the screens prior to Windows starting. Is the problem that F11 does nothing or that you don't see the right options once F11 opens a menu?

The link I provided explains both methods of restoring. From the hidden restore partition or from restore disks.

We need to know what type of CD you are using in order to help.

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May 10, 2011 at 15:49:54
sounds to me like the poster tried just inserting the XP disc and running it that way without doing it on bootup. Thus all the probs.

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May 11, 2011 at 08:41:44
The system came with MS Window's 98 and then had Windows XP Home edition upgraded on. I received both disks at the time of purchase. When I hit repair it asks for the recovery console, which I do not have. If I select install

The Windows 98 tells me that that I need to contact adminstration support, Window's XP Home states I need the original Window's 98 disk inserted. When I insert Windows 98, this is the message I get:

Setup could not read the CD you inserted (it is a valid XP home edition)...

Please insert your Windows 98 into your CD ROM Drive.....

The following shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer. (it's not showing all the partitions. It's only showing Partition1 [unknown] space. If I select install, here is the message I get:

Format the partition using the NTFS file system (quick) or std, either one will not format. Insert the XP Home Edition, now goes through formatting, and then it repeats itself on loading the window files system again.

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May 11, 2011 at 08:59:48
Just ran the chkdsk as recommended, I get the following error message:

The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoveerable problems.


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May 11, 2011 at 15:07:05
Look at the link below for help with an over the top install. You may run into a problem if your upgrade CD is WinXP original (no service packs) and you have service packs installed. In that case there is a way to integrate (slipstream) SP3 into the files on your CD and then burn a new CD.

Explain what you were originally trying to accomplish.

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May 11, 2011 at 15:29:41
I'm trying to be able to over write the hard drive, I ran a chkdsk on the hard drive, no damage there. Is there a way to be able to wipe the drive and re-install the operating system. I can not seem to get anything to work.

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May 11, 2011 at 16:00:29
You have an upgrade version of WinXP so you need to provide proof of ownership of an eligible OS for the upgrade.

All that will happen is that you will see a message to re-insert the WinXP CD after it scans the Win98 disk.

I forgot to provide the link in my response above. Here it is now.

Follow those instructions to go over the top of your existing installation of WinXP. If you don's want to do that then say so for further instructions.

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