Gateway mx7515 Factory Restore Issue

Gateway Mx7515 notebook
July 30, 2009 at 15:26:02
Specs: Windows XP
I believe XP was reinstalled on the second partition(D)and the recovery partition(C)is still there,but not accessible,says protected by PC Angel.The F+other button(F10?)option is not present at bootup.Is there any way to do a system recovery with these issues present?Thanks in advance,oldtrigger

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#1
July 30, 2009 at 16:15:25
C: is not a recovery partition. If you download qparted, burn it to a CD as an ISO & boot the machine with it, you should see all the partitions.

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#2
July 30, 2009 at 16:30:33
Actually when I explore the C: drive it is 4.8GB and D: is about 89GB.Within the C: drive is a System Restore (folder?)with a padlock symbol.When I explore the D: drive I see all the folders you would normally see when opening up a C: drive.

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#3
July 30, 2009 at 17:45:24
Ok, that could be. It's rare but I remember seeing D: as a system drive in the past.

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#4
July 30, 2009 at 18:02:55
I agree with guapo. Someone has messed around with those partitions. They may have recreated them.

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#5
July 30, 2009 at 19:12:15
I ran qparted and here is the partition info:/dev/hda2,fat32,4.7gb,2.45gb used,2.25gb unused,boot flag
/dev/hda1,extended,88.45gb,0 used,0 unused,lba flag
/dev/hda5,ntfs,88.45gb,9.94gb used,78.52gb unused,no flags
unallocated,unallocated,7.84mb,0 used,0 unused,no flags

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#6
July 31, 2009 at 05:17:15
/dev/hda2,fat32,4.7gb,2.45gb used,2.25gb unused,boot flag

That ^^ looks like the recovery partition. Does qparted give you the option to boot from it?
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/dev/hda1,extended,88.45gb,0 used,0 unused,lba flag

That ^^ looks like the inaccessible/corrupt partition.
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/dev/hda5,ntfs,88.45gb,9.94gb used,78.52gb unused,no flags

That one ^^ looks like it's working. You said XP was reinstalled on a second partition. I think that's it.

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#7
July 31, 2009 at 20:18:32
Hi,Guapo,appreciate you guys' help.How would I know if qparted would give me the option to boot from it?Thx,oldtrigger.

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#8
August 1, 2009 at 05:06:05
If I remember correctly, when you highlight the partition, there are options at the bottom. If not, try a right click.

Otherwise the docs are below.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/docu...

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#9
August 4, 2009 at 16:25:18
Hi,Did as you suggested,no option to boot from recovery partition.No information in manual either.

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#10
August 5, 2009 at 05:00:38
Remove all CDs, turn on the machine & press F12. See if it takes you to a boot menu.

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