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    Hi guys,
    I've just upgraded my HP laptop HDD and certainly the new HDD is blank. I really like the recovery partition on the old drive and as I put it into a closure to make it a portable hard drive, is there any way I can retrieve back the recovery partition and copy it onto the new one? Thanks

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    Default Re: Restore the recovery partition

    You have a lot of open questions there:
    • How did you install the OS onto the new drive?
    • Did you format or do anything to delete files on the old drive?
    • Did you make the recovery discs when you first got the system?
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    Default Re: Restore the recovery partition

    Thanks for replying.
    1/I borrow a Win XP disc from my mate who also uses HP laptop but different model and entering the serial on the stick underneath the laptop
    2/I remember re-installed the Win XP once on the old hard drive
    3/No recovery disc

    any ideas?

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    Default Re: Restore the recovery partition

    Put the old HDD back in and make recovery discs. DO IT.
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    If you put the old drive back in, then boot off the recovery partition (assuming it's still there), then you should be able to recover that drive back to the factory state. Once that is done, then you can burn the recovery discs from the software that's preinstalled from the factory.

    To boot off the recovery partition, you'll need to make that partition active. You can probably do that in Windows while you still have the old drive in the external enclosure.
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    Default Re: Restore the recovery partition

    But how to activate the partition? I checked the old drive and I have a bout 2.1GB missing which can not be seen in WIndows so I presume that the recovery partition still there. Any ideas?
    Last edited by richie281; 26th October 2007 at 08:09 AM.

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    Look in Start / Programs / Administrative Tools / Computer Management, then "Disk Management". You will see the disk and the partitions. Right-click on the other partition and choose "Mark partition as active".

    I'm not sure that 2.1 GB is enough for a recovery partition. If that's not it, then you are out of luck.
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    you need to make a recovery dvd from the old drive

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    Default Re: Restore the recovery partition

    Quote Originally Posted by gridtalker View Post
    you need to make a recovery dvd from the old drive
    Do some people make posts just to get their post count up?
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    Default Re: Restore the recovery partition

    Thanks all guys for trying to help me out. Really appreciate that, especially you orev.

 

 

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