Solved Bad HD, but recovery partition intact, can i use it

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March 12, 2020 at 17:35:52
Specs: Windows 10 64bit, Intel® Core i5-8400/8GB DDR4 2666MHz
I have a Toshiba L75D-A7283 laptop. The hard is bad, has alot of bad sectors on it and cannot boot to windows or even get past the Toshiba logo. I connected the HDD to my desktop PC and i can read the files on it. I tried to make a image and clone the HDD. But it fails in Macrium Reflect. Even after 2 days of running chkdsk /r. I can image the recovery partition thou, but not the partition that windows is on.

Can i use this recovery partition to reinstall windows on my laptop?


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#1
March 12, 2020 at 18:30:56
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"Can i use this recovery partition to reinstall windows on my laptop?"

Just go to Microsoft, download the appropriate version of Windows 10, then use the Toshiba product key for the installation. No Toshiba crapware by doing it this way.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...


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#2
March 12, 2020 at 22:12:05
"Can i use this recovery partition to reinstall windows on my laptop?'
Doubt it, usually only 500mb ( that's mb, not gb. ) in size.

This tool you should find very handy.

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Syste...
http://www.lazesoft.com/lazesoft-re...
Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home video tutorial
https://vimeo.com/106789683
Tutorials
http://www.lazesoft.com/guide.html
How to Boot a Computer from a Lazesoft Recovery USB Device
http://www.lazesoft.com/create-a-bo...
How to Burn a Lazesoft Recovery CD
http://www.lazesoft.com/burn-a-boot...

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#3
March 13, 2020 at 03:08:29
The size of my recovery partition is 9.74GB. Here is a image of partitions on the HDD. Its the GPT Disk 3.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O3...

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#4
March 13, 2020 at 03:13:23
What is Disk Management showing?

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#5
March 13, 2020 at 04:03:21
Disk management screenshot below. It's Disk 2.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16c...

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#6
March 13, 2020 at 04:34:32
Try the Lazesoft boot tool, it has a File Manager, Clone & many, many other tools, that you can try.

The first screen that opens, down the bottom is File Manager.
https://www.directupload.net/file/d...
https://www.directupload.net/file/d...
Or, use the Start menu.
http://www.lazesoft.com/windows-rec...


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#7
March 13, 2020 at 04:43:37
"Can i use this recovery partition to reinstall windows on my laptop?'

Windows 10: How much space you need
https://www.pcworld.com/article/308...
"While the install files for Windows 10 take up just a few gigabytes, going through with the installation requires a lot more space. According to Microsoft, the 32-bit (or x86) version of Windows 10 requires a total 16GB of free space, while the 64-bit version requires 20GB"


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#8
March 13, 2020 at 05:16:26
Once again, just download the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft & use your key for the installation. You'll get a nice clean installation that way without the extra crap. I don't know what's included in the Toshiba recovery partition, but at 9.74GB, it's over twice the size of a "normal" Win10 disc.
https://support.dynabook.com/suppor...

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#9
March 13, 2020 at 09:35:48
Also... as likely your original installation has an OEM key... that's the version of the M$ download you need to get. You can't use an OEM key with a retail version, and visa-versa.

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#10
March 13, 2020 at 10:49:58
I believe that the OP's thought is to clone the recovery partition onto a new hard drive or SSD, swap them out and then activate the recovery partition to reinstall Windows 10 onto the new drive. In theory it may very possibly work. He would have to unplug any other drives before trying to do the recovery to avoid other issues.
I DO agree with riider though that the better path to follow would be a clean install using the OEM download of Windows 10 from Microsoft's site and just activating it with his OEM key as being the better choice and more straight forward and easier to do. The icing on the cake would be that all of the factory installed software would be missing and anything really wanted could be installed from them if necessary when the download/install of the mfg.'s drivers are done just after the install and Windows Updates.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#11
March 13, 2020 at 15:33:47
"You can't use an OEM key with a retail version, and visa-versa"

I'm not sure if that's true anymore.
https://www.techspot.com/guides/176...


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#12
March 13, 2020 at 16:10:02
tak riider for the link.

I’m not quite sure what they’re saying though in terms of using an OEM key with a Retail download/installation; and visa-versa...

The “simplicities?” of M$-land licensing are more and more beyond the ken of mere mortals (and visitors from “out there Skully”...).


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#13
March 13, 2020 at 16:46:10
The laptop had windows 8 on it. I'll try load Windows 10 32bit on it. see how it goes. I bought a SSD to replace the old HDD. using AOMEI Backupper to get personal files off the old HDD. As Lazesoft failed.

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#14
March 13, 2020 at 17:42:55
If the laptop never was upgraded to Win 10 then you won't have a "digital license." Is their a sticker on the laptop, somewhere, with the MS key?

The best option is a clean install of Win 10. It won't be loaded with "junk".

If you don't have a key, image the recovery partition, reinstall Win 8, then upgrade to 10. You'll get the "digital license" and can then either leave it as is or wipe and install Win 10 clean.


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#15
March 13, 2020 at 18:20:32
"As Lazesoft failed"
You probably didn't boot from it. In other words just use it like an Windows ISO.
How to Boot a Computer from a Lazesoft Recovery USB Device
http://www.lazesoft.com/create-a-bo...
How to Burn a Lazesoft Recovery CD
http://www.lazesoft.com/burn-a-boot...

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#16
March 13, 2020 at 18:31:51
It has windows 8 sticker underneath it. Just the logo, no product key. I can't install from the recovery partition. Unless i need to clone some of the other partitions to get it to work.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O3...

What version of Windows 8 do i download
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...

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#17
March 13, 2020 at 18:33:39
Look inside the battery compartment. Sometimes there is sticker there showing the key

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#18
March 13, 2020 at 18:38:58
"What version of Windows 8 do i download"
The same as originally was on the comp.
Refer the sticker normally on the comp.

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#19
March 13, 2020 at 19:43:31
Looking at your original specs, you probably had W8 with 64-bit CPU & 6gb of memory.
You have enough grunt to run 64-bit W10.

Now we know you have a new SSD, you will be going to W10 at some stage, why not download the 64-bit version now & install. Don't install any extra partitions.
When it asks for a product number, hit > Do later or something similar.
Lets see if the install gets activated.

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#20
March 13, 2020 at 19:49:20
Hi John, I've i'm in the process of installing 64-bit windows 10. as the 32-bit install didn't work. Will let you know if it activates.

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#21
March 13, 2020 at 20:31:29
Activated with digital licence for Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

Thank you guys.


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#22
March 13, 2020 at 20:34:15
"Activated with digital licence for Windows 10 Home 64-bit"
Thought it would, perfect.

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#23
March 14, 2020 at 07:03:26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPQ...

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