Compaq CQ5210F Recovery Partition

Compaq / Cq5210f
February 13, 2015 at 09:45:01
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium sp1, AMD Anthlon II X2 215 Processor 2.70 Ghz
My desktop Compaq Presario model CQ5210F im not sure what happened but the recovery drive named FACTORY_IMAGE when I open the drive I see all the files. Used to all I would see was a little drive icon and if I clicked that it would tell me that the files were locked so it could not be tampered with. Anyone that knows about Compaq and HP will know what I mean. Yes I can still access the recovery by pressing F 11 on start up. Also can do the same by pressing F8 and then repair. Im not sure how the files got unlocked. I was told one reason Compaq locks them is so a virus or maleware cannot hide there and that's what concerns me. Has anyone see this issue of the drive and files being unlocked?

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#1
February 13, 2015 at 10:12:29
The fact that you can see those files shouldn't really be an issue.

The only reason those files even exist is so you can create restore disks to use in the event you need to restore the computer to a factory state.

So my question to you is this. Did you create those disks or not? If not I suggest you do so ASAP. If your hard drive fails, which all do eventually, you will not have the means to re-install Windows on a replacement drive.

Once you create those disks and verify their integrity you can delete that recovery partition and use the space for those things.

Have you been mucking around in Windows Disk Management by chance?


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#2
February 13, 2015 at 17:23:04
Mucking around? L.O.L Yes a little just not in disk management in the partition I was viewing files. But I have not deleted anything. I know what I am doing. Me viewing files is not what caused this because I could not view the files before it happened :). And yes I have created the DVD's and also have a set I ordered from HP/Compaq. I do not want to delete the partition. I keep it so I don't have to use the disk it recovers faster besides recovering from the disk re-creates the partition. I just figured I would ask. And yes the recovery partition works after I "mucked around" I have cloned my whole disk to another drive and ran the recovery and it works with no issues I play around allot like that. It really is no big deal just thought I would ask if there was a way to lock the files back. HP/Compaq should really hide the whole partition not even assign it a letter kinda like Acer and Gateway does and my Dell has a hidden recovery partition also. Oh and BTW I don't need the recovery disk. I got an OEM disk I have tried it with the COA on the case and if my drive dies I will just use it because a clean install is allot faster.

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#3
February 14, 2015 at 06:57:18
It sounds like you have resorted to the "factory restore" method more than a couple of times, why is that?

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#4
February 14, 2015 at 12:58:43
One time was when I bought this second handed. The other time was a few weeks ago when the drive did not boot and nothing was on the drive at all. I believe when I was playing around with Acronis True Image I did something. I got backup of Important files so it's no big deal. I got to buy a bigger external because the one I have right now is 1 GB and it's got like 75 GB left then I will make whole drive backup's. Just got to get the money to buy a external. It is full of backups from other computers backups made with True Image.

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