Recovery Disks Corrupt After Using

Emachines / T4010
November 29, 2010 at 15:25:58
Specs: Windows XP, 2048 MB
I have a emachines T4010 with Windows XP and a Recovery Partion (Drive D:). I used the Full Recovery Disks that I made using the procedure above, reformatting the HD in the process. It worked ! However, now I need to do it again and the existing Recovery Disks do not work. They are corrupt. I only have a file named HPCD.SYS on D:\. None in C:\Windows\SMINST. I renamed it and still I can NOT make another set of FULL SYSTEM RECOVERY DISKS. I have a copy of the D:\ directory listing on paper BEFORE I did made them the first time, and I have a copy of the same D:\ directory after using them. Can anyone help me ? Also, how do I get the WARNING to reappear when I click on D: in "My Computer", like it did initially, so that I can keep others from going into the Recovery Partition ?

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#1
November 29, 2010 at 15:31:53
... anything happen if you tap (click >>) <F11> <key> @ bootup?

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#2
November 29, 2010 at 15:42:51
"...the existing Recovery Disks do not work..."

... in what way? ... does the first one bootup?

... does the recovery start at all?

"... how do I get the WARNING to reappear..."

... try rechecking "hide" system files, do not show hidden files

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#3
November 30, 2010 at 07:10:14
The Recovery disks are corrupt as I said. The 3rd one specifically. All the system files are hidden. I set the attributes back after renaming HPCD.SYS each time. The warning message DOES NOT appear when D: drive is accessed through MY COMPUTER. The first time I had to replace the HD, because of problems with the C: partition. I want a CD or DVD set of backups that are ok in the event of HD failure again. Pressing F11 does NOT help solve the problem, if this occurs, if I have to replace the HD.

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#4
November 30, 2010 at 09:45:51
... have you tried running this app>> C:\WINDOWS\CREATOR\CD Creator.exe

... (if it exists) guess you hav'nt got a dvd burner(?)
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"...The first time I had to replace the HD, because of problems with the C: partition..."

... had the same sort of problem with a HP, removed the c: partition then used the recovery hot-key and it showed an option to create and then worked, could not use any bootup media prior.

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#5
November 30, 2010 at 11:04:09
emachines do not limit the number of times you can make the recovery set.

Unless the recovery disks were damaged they should still work. Is all the hardware exactly the same as it was when you made the set? Disconnect all unnecessary external devices.


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#6
November 30, 2010 at 17:54:30
That's not true. Even the Recovery Manual that comes with the computer says you can only make one set !

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#7
November 30, 2010 at 18:17:40
I spoke with an Acer tech support supervisor. He informed me that all Acer allow multiple and Gateway and emachines manufactured after Acer owned them were also that way.

I have not verified that, but this was not a level one support person I spoke with. I had worked up the ladder over an issue I had with an Acer netbook. Got them to mail be disks for it too.


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#8
November 30, 2010 at 18:21:27
>> have you tried running this app>> C:\WINDOWS\CREATOR\CD Creator.exe

Yes, and it STILL says (on the new HD) I can only create one set of Full System Recovery disks, which were already created. They were created on the old HD. They are now bad, as I stated. On the new HD - I deleted HPCD.SYS on D: and that was the ONLY place on the entire HD. Not on C: at all.

I need a good set in case this HD goes bad. ALSO, I still do not know how to have the warning come up on the D:\ partition under MY COMPUTER, that would once again restrict access to D:\ like it did on the old HD. How do I fix it ? I do not want anyone getting access to this easily.

One other thing I noticed. I placed 2 identical CD/DVD burners in the computer. The original went bad. All FSRs were burned with the new CD/DVD drive(s). When I successfully burned the second set of FSRs with the old HD, "the cd creator.exe" file asked for the blank media in the "slave" drive, but would only verify it in the "master" drive. The Recovery disks were okay until they got corrupted later. I got the same results when the jumpers were both set to "cable select" or "master and slave". If one CD/DVD burner was connected, burning and verifing would be done in the same drive. Can this be fixed in the .ini files ?


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#9
November 30, 2010 at 18:28:04
>>> I spoke with an Acer tech support supervisor. He informed me that all Acer allow multiple and Gateway and emachines manufactured after Acer owned them were also that way. <<<

I had a chat session with eMachines Tech Support. Based on the name, I would say that the person was in India (gaaaaaaaaa !). They do not make FSRs after 3 years. I was told to buy another retail version of XP, which isnt being sold anymore. (Get my drift ?)

I can make as many driver backup disks as I want, with no changes to the system. However the same problem develops in the burning and verifing process, with two CD/DVD burners. I would like this burning and verifing done on the same CD/DVD burner.


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#10
November 30, 2010 at 20:55:56
Once you replace the hard drive there is no restore partition anymore. That is why you make the disks to start with. So that should the hard drive break you would have a means to restore the computer.

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#11
December 1, 2010 at 00:44:04
... C:\WINDOWS\CREATOR\writer.ini

... I was under the impression that the recovery partition was cloned to new drive

... guess one should'nt jump to conclusions.

"ComputerMeister" do you still have the old hard drive?

... also google for "ResetRmc.exe" (guessing you may have)

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#12
December 1, 2010 at 11:32:09
I still have the old HD and want to reformat and "Norton ghost" the image of the new one back to the old one.

>>... also google for "ResetRmc.exe" (guessing you may have) << - tried that and it goes to an ftp site requiring ID and password. Anonymous logons do not work.

>> Once you replace the hard drive there is no restore partition anymore. That is why you make the disks to start with. So that should the hard drive break you would have a means to restore the computer. << -- there IS a restore (RECOVERY)partition, and F11 shows at boot to get to it on the new drive.

I want to make FSRs from the new HD, when required, when a CD/DVD goes corrupt.


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#13
December 1, 2010 at 15:05:15
... hi "ComputerMeister" check out your Private Message Center(1) (<<click)

... sent you a "PM" the info might come in handy! (... ssshhh)

... if you can perhaps clone (<< software download) the old drive to the new one then remove the C: partition on the new drive leaving the recovery partition intact, then try <F11>


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#14
December 1, 2010 at 15:35:33
OK, if there is a recovery partition then I was wrong. If things don't work it must be because the first restore set was defective in some way.


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#15
December 2, 2010 at 01:29:05
... hi "ComputerMeister" I've looked a little deeper into
"how do I get the WARNING to reappear" found some info (translated) here (downloads do'nt work) ... also this thread
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warning.bmp - (a "HP Invent" graphic used by folder.htt)

folder.htt - (a "Recovery Partition, Warning!" html page that Explorer displays when you try to open the drive folder ... if renamed to folder.htm you can review it in any browser)

protect.ed - (same as folder.htt but different format ... if renamed to
protect.doc it can be viewed in MS-Word)

desktop.ini - includes the following lines:
[.ShellClassInfo]
CLSID={7f67036b-66f1-411a-ad85-759fb9c5b0db}

[ShellvRTF]
RTFPath="protect.ed"

autorun.inf - includes the following lines:
[AUTORUN]
ShellExecute=Info.exe protect.ed 480 480

info.exe - (the autorun executable)

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#16
December 2, 2010 at 08:12:02
... me again, got a little download for your consists of:

SHELLVRTF.DLL
PROTECT.ED
hp recovery warning.reg

... thought you might need 'em(?)

... let us know how you get on!

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