Solved Error Creating 2nd set of recovery discs for HP Pavilion

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August 28, 2012 at 13:55:02
Specs: Windows XP SP3, AMD Athlon 2GHz/512 MB RAM
I have an HP Pavilion a530n with Windows XP Home Edition. For those who own an HP or Compaq, you probably know that you can create system recovery cds/dvds from the recovery partition of the hard drive. You probably also know that you're only allowed to create one set of discs. I was hoping to create a second set of discs.

After searching on the Web, I found out that you can bypass this by renaming a file called "HPCD" found in the C:\WINDOWS\SMINST folder, and on the root of the recovery partition. So I renamed both files to "HPCD_" and then tried running the recovery discs creator again. I got the following error: "No vaild CD/DVD boot image structure found in I386." Is there anyone who can help me fix this?


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#1
August 28, 2012 at 15:36:04
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Do you still have the original discs? If so,just use a CD burning program to make a copy.

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#2
August 28, 2012 at 17:35:03
I was hoping I could do it in CD format. (The disc I have is a DVD).

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#3
August 29, 2012 at 05:26:36
Just to get this straight. You are asking us to help you bypass the copy-protction mechanism that HP have built into their software?

You realize that this is a criminal offence in many countries, don't you?


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#4
August 29, 2012 at 07:01:49
Did I mention that the disc I have is all scratched up?

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#5
August 29, 2012 at 08:01:39
"Did I mention that the disc I have is all scratched up?"

No, you didn't. If you didn't take care of it, there's not much we can do to help you. You can only create it once using the HP software. You should have immediately made a backup copy for safe keeping.

Do you realize that you can start the recovery by pressing the F10 key at startup?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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#6
August 29, 2012 at 08:16:29
Or you can contact HP and purchase a replacement set.

Those rules are in place because of agreements with Microsoft.


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#7
August 29, 2012 at 14:20:02
It turns out the disc wasn't as scratched up as I thought it was. I was able to make an image of the disc using ImgBurn. Thanks for everyone's help.

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