Packard Bell Complete Recovery

January 18, 2011 at 10:33:27
Specs: Windows Vista, 1024
Will the complete restore only format the main drive which is C or all the partitions? Cause I have all the documents I want to keep on my I drive which is the partition of the main HDD that I have and now I want to format drive C and re-install windows but I don't want to loose my data on the partition(recovery) disk. PLEASE HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BTW I use Vista Home Premium.

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#1
January 18, 2011 at 12:26:48
Just to make myself clear the " I " stands for the name of the hard drive partition.

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#2
January 18, 2011 at 12:43:36
Okay just so we are on the same page all your data you want to keep is on your " I " drive? If this is so then you can recover just your " C " drive and not affect " I " at all. During the recovery or reformat you should get a prompt asking which partition. You may want to make a note of the size of each as at this prompt they may not be identified by " C " or " I " but by the size. One should be identified as your system drive though and that should be the drive that has windows installed on it.

If you do not get a prompt for this look up system restore on goggle to find the appropriate method.

Are you just doing a system restore or are you reformatting your"C" drive?
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#3
January 18, 2011 at 12:59:00
I'm reformatting my "C" drive, and no it doesn't prompt, it just starts formating straight away I turned off the computer manually when it was preparing to format. And I searched through google for hours but without an answer until I finally ended up here ;(

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#4
January 18, 2011 at 13:21:06
Okay how are you reformatting? Are you using a disc or the hidden recovery partition or the recovery consol?

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#5
January 18, 2011 at 13:36:08
Well I tried with recovery disc, and the recovery console or the hidden recovery partition I don't know exactly which one is it, when I turn on my computer I press the F11 key to launch this menu which gives me two options for either the packard bell recovery or the Microsoft windows recovery which lets me choose what drive to format but doesn't recognize the back up on the DVD made by packard bell recovery program when I first got the computer. And now again when I go the "Packard Bell way" it doesn't tell me which partition is it formatting.

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#6
January 18, 2011 at 13:43:24
When was the " I " partition created? Do you have a vista cd?

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#7
January 18, 2011 at 13:49:56
The " I " partition was created a month or two after I got the computer. And no unfortunately I didn't get a vista or any type of cd with the computer.

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#8
January 18, 2011 at 13:51:41
Did you create the recovery disc?

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#9
January 18, 2011 at 13:59:22
Yeah, I burned it with the Packard Bell computer management software. I created the disc pretty much on the same day or a few days before I created the " I " partition.

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#10
January 18, 2011 at 14:06:54
During that disc creation did you get the option of what to restore i.e. c:\windows, d:\........?

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#11
January 18, 2011 at 14:19:41
Hoe much data do you have on that " I " partition?

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#12
January 18, 2011 at 14:22:24
I think if you use a recovery it will be reset to the way it came from the factory in other words you lose " I ". If you had the OS disc itself you could format only one partitin.

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#13
January 18, 2011 at 14:34:51
If you select the microsoft way can you browse to somewhere other than the cd?
If you can you may be able to restore from the hidden patition and just recover windows itself.
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#14
January 20, 2011 at 12:29:07
I found a solution, maybe it seems pretty obvious but I didn't think of it. So I'm gonna use lan sharing and transfer 64GB which is all of the " I " partition into my friends laptop then do a complete restore and finally transfer the data back onto my computer. My friend is coming tomorrow so I will post a reply to this with the final answer soon.

@Likely , many thanks for the help ;)


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