Mishaps applying Compaq Win7 Factory Restore

Hewlett-packard Presario cq61-310us note...
January 18, 2010 at 21:14:50
Specs: Windows 7
While doing recovery to factory setting on COMPAQ PRESARIO CQ61 power supply was cut off. I had no alternative sourc e of power supply so I just allowed the recovery to continue. I slept off. But on waking I discoverd that the system had shut down, I beooted. On booting to desktop it showed various testing which normarlly shouldnt be so. It did not go back to factory setting, neither was the previous state available.
I panicked trying to fix. I presseed the f11 recovery thing but it wouldnt work, just goes on to load windows. Using diskpart I saw a partition RECOVERY PARTITION and I changed the partition ID to 07. IN short i had to load windows vista. I see A PARTITION CALLED EISA BUT ITS 100% FREE. Can I still recover to factory settings. The system originally came with WINDOWS 7.
I really need help as the notebook aint mine. Thanks.

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January 19, 2010 at 06:52:09
Can't understand why you messed with the recovery partition id number.

The 'EISA' partition is the one that contains the recovery data for the original pre-installed version of Windows. If it's showing '100%' free it does not necessarily mean the recovery data has gone as some disk tools cannot read the data on a recovery partition so they just report it as having no data on it.

However, it could mean just what it says - it's 100% free and the recovery data has been wiped. If 'F11' does not work any more, chances are the recovery data has gone.

If it's gone, the only way now to do a recovery is hope that the owner has made a set of recovery DVDs for it, because he won't be able to make them now that the recovery data has gone. Glad I'm not in your shoes!

Depending on the maker, you can sometimes buy a set of recovery discs from them via their website or phone number but you'll have to pay for them.

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January 20, 2010 at 07:05:26

using disk part i have this:

Partition 1 Primary 13 GB 136 GB

using partition magic i have this:

Partition File System Capacity Used Unused Status Type
*:RECOVERY NTFS 13.36 GB 11.13 GB 2.23 GB Active&Hidden Primary

I believe this is the recovery partition. Is there hope for me to get back to factory settings.


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