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    Default How to use recovery partition

    you guys know that 3.9GB recovery partition on the hard drive (doesn't have its own drive letter)? how do you activate the partition to allow my computer to reset to factory settings?

    i remember dell has that feature and you press ctrl+F11 upon startup.

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    Default Re: How to use recovery partition

    use F9 on startup
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    Default Re: How to use recovery partition

    thx. i got another question tho.

    If you were to use the F9 thing, would it reset the whole computer to original factory settings from the CD (does it ask u to insert the cd), or does it copy off of the 3.9gb partition. i looked inside the 3.9 partition using a tool and it has some gho files for norton ghost.

    so really, does the F9 restore use the gho image file to restore, or does it copy files off the cd?

    just wondering, haven't tried it yet.

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    Default Re: How to use recovery partition

    Quote Originally Posted by maomanmaman View Post
    thx. i got another question tho.

    If you were to use the F9 thing, would it reset the whole computer to original factory settings from the CD (does it ask u to insert the cd), or does it copy off of the 3.9gb partition. i looked inside the 3.9 partition using a tool and it has some gho files for norton ghost.

    so really, does the F9 restore use the gho image file to restore, or does it copy files off the cd?

    just wondering, haven't tried it yet.
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    Default Re: How to use recovery partition

    ok. thanks. i read the instructions on that little sheet of paper inside the recovery dvd's case. if you used the recovery F9 feature, will the RECOVERY partition delete itself if I were to recover it once?

    here's the thing I want to make sure before I do anything stupid:
    It says "2. Recover Windows XP ____ to first partition only. This option will delete only the first partition, allowing you to keep other partitions, and create a new system partition as drive "c" "

    so does the "first partition" refers to C:\, not the Recovery partition with no drive letter? technically, the recovery partition is the first partition on the hard drive if you were to look that up, followed by C:\, followed by D:\ (data)

    i doubt any of the 3 restore options will delete the recovery partition, since asus strongly recommends against deleting that.

    sorry for asking too much. i came from a dell and they dont give you anything but a bunch of bloatware and another messy way to restore the bloatware.

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    Default Re: How to use recovery partition

    Quote Originally Posted by maomanmaman View Post
    ok. thanks. i read the instructions on that little sheet of paper inside the recovery dvd's case. if you used the recovery F9 feature, will the RECOVERY partition delete itself if I were to recover it once?

    here's the thing I want to make sure before I do anything stupid:
    It says "2. Recover Windows XP ____ to first partition only. This option will delete only the first partition, allowing you to keep other partitions, and create a new system partition as drive "c" "

    so does the "first partition" refers to C:\, not the Recovery partition with no drive letter? technically, the recovery partition is the first partition on the hard drive if you were to look that up, followed by C:\, followed by D:\ (data)

    i doubt any of the 3 restore options will delete the recovery partition, since asus strongly recommends against deleting that.

    sorry for asking too much. i came from a dell and they dont give you anything but a bunch of bloatware and another messy way to restore the bloatware.
    Correct, the recovery partition, using any of the options, will not delete itself. Recover to first partition will delete C: and replace it with the OS as it arrived. Anything on D: will remain so anything important should be backed up there and externally as well, just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nrbelex View Post
    Correct, the recovery partition, using any of the options, will not delete itself. Recover to first partition will delete C: and replace it with the OS as it arrived. Anything on D: will remain so anything important should be backed up there and externally as well, just in case.

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    I would also have a question in this subject.

    If I resize the partitions at some point, before the recovery, it will still use the resized sizes, won't it? So it doesn't do anything stupid because I resized the partitions?

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    Default Re: How to use recovery partition

    I don't suppose so. If you choose recover to first partition, that's what it should do - pick the first partition and copy the Windows installation there. Given there's enough space, of course.
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    Default Re: How to use recovery partition

    ****, i deleted all the partitions, including the hidden one, and now i cant boot on anything except live cds.

    i need to restore that 1st partition...if i accidently delted everything am i totally screwed?
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