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Windows 7: Restore recovery partition


25 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 8.1 PRO
 
 
Restore recovery partition

just another question!

i format my desktop and i accidentally format the RECOVERY drive how will i put recovery drive again?

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27 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Without the software used by the original creators of the recovery partition, the OEM supplier, this will be difficult if not impossible.

there are however 3rd party tools which can create a restore system - Paragon software for example have have included what they call the restore capsule into their top of the range backup systems for windows for some time.

This adds an option to access and restore from a hidden system partition, previously created, by the press of a function key on boot of the system or from a special boot disk.
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27 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 PRO
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Without the software used by the original creators of the recovery partition, the OEM supplier, this will be difficult if not impossible.

there are however 3rd party tools which can create a restore system - Paragon software for example have have included what they call the restore capsule into their top of the range backup systems for windows for some time.

This adds an option to access and restore from a hidden system partition, previously created, by the press of a function key on boot of the system or from a special boot disk.
so how will i do that so that i have a recovery drive back again?
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27 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Unless you are will to reset everything to the way it came out of the box, you are better off to buy an external USB drive and use a program like this:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

You can save an image of your Windows partition, or any other.. and if it gets hosed, you boot the Linux Recovery CD and restore from the external drive.

They just updated this free version so the Linux Recovery CD is the same as the latest paid version of Macrium. Should work for most systems, but you can ask on Macrium Forum if you have any questions. See the web site in the link for links to the Macrium Forum.
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27 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kupalski View Post
just another question!

i format my desktop and i accidentally format the RECOVERY drive how will i put recovery drive again?
What you need to do is get a back up and recovery app (unless you want to use the one built into win 7) and create a new back up image of your entire complete current system. This will become your new "recovery drive." So first get your system installed and running just the way you want it. Then choose your back up app and read the help therein to learn how to use it and create your new back up image, preferably to some external drive or media so that if your current drive fails, you will not also lose your back up image. You also create a "bootable rescue disk" from the back up app. This rescue disk allows you to boot from it, if your system won't start and then you can reinstall your back up image from your external drive or media.

I use Acronis True Image Home for this purpose. This app costs some money but it is very good and easy to use. There are other free apps and windows itself has a built in app called windows backup, that you can use. There probably is a tutorial on how to use windows backup in the tutorial section of this site.

You're going to have to do a little studying of the help files of whatever app you choose to really learn the details but it is not difficult.
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27 Sep 2009   #6

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kupalski View Post
just another question!

i format my desktop and i accidentally format the RECOVERY drive how will i put recovery drive again?
You deleted it, or you reformatted it ?

D/L this - burn to cd with an isoburner ( don't format the cd ) - then boot the cd you just made.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.

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Click DISK1 at the top , and in the left pane , select Partition Recovery.

Do a quick scan on the area where your manufacturer recovery partition was.

When it has finished the scan - you must tick all the partitions you want to keep, then click Apply.

EDIT : It is also a good idea to make your own image backups of the drive - this is similar to what is in the recovery partition - but it is an exact image of your current installation - with all your data, installed programs, settings, updates, etc.

Make a new one every so often - if you get into trouble - restore that image instead of the one in the manufacturer partition - it is very quick and easy . I make an image every week.

Macrium Reflect Free version has already been suggested - it is excellent.

You will need to store the image you make somewhere - an external HD is safest - but another partiton on your internal HD is better than nothing.
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28 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 7600 OEM
 
 

Recovery partition is the FIRST thing to go when you get a new computer... it takes up GIGS of room, and you don't need it... Install all your goodies, then run Ghost11 from a USB stick, and make an image of your C partition ( also, use DeepFreeze, and get rid of the HUMUngous anti-crap software...
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28 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 8.1 PRO
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SofTones View Post
Recovery partition is the FIRST thing to go when you get a new computer... it takes up GIGS of room, and you don't need it... Install all your goodies, then run Ghost11 from a USB stick, and make an image of your C partition ( also, use DeepFreeze, and get rid of the HUMUngous anti-crap software...

so recovery partition is not important?
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28 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

The recovery partition may or may not be important - it depends if you need it at any time.

If you create some alternate method of recovering your system either by purchasing software such as Ghost or another of the widely available alternatives or use the native windows tools included with the OS or a free alternative then it becomes un-needed.

The important thing is that you have some method of desater recovery in place before the worst happens
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28 Sep 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi kupaiski

If you have recovery DVD's,then not so important.

If you DO NOT have recovery DVD's, then very important.
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