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Windows 7: Need to access recovery partition - replaced HDD


12 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Need to access recovery partition - replaced HDD

Hi. My "google-fu" isn't giving me a solution so I hope someone here can help.
About a year ago my laptop's HDD started giving errors so I replaced it. As far as I can recall, I did it by cloning the drive (but I can't remember using which program). I got everything working just dandy at the time but recently I've been getting daily BSOD related to ntoskrnl and from what I've read the solution to this is to re-install Windows.

But that's where my problem comes in. When I try to run recovery I get a message saying
"Restore failed - can not find image
path:M:\D2D\Images\*SWM"

I've attached a pic of my disks diskman showing I have a 13Gb recovery partition, Acer (C) and System Reserved (which I gave a drive number to try and access).

The system reserved shows as having 62.5Mb free of 99.9Mb (so its not empty), but if I "explore" it shows "folder is empty".

So how can I get to the recovery file?


FWIW, D2D is enabled in bios, and I've tried Alt-F10 - the computer just beeps continuously until I let go then starts up normally.

Also FWIW, I do have my old HDD in an enclosure so I can "pull" data off that if necessary (but that system reserved also shows golder empty despite using up space).

Lastly I do have some recovery disks BUT I suspect they are from my previous Acer (had a OOB failure so I returned it for an upgraded machine so I'm not sure how valid they are and the Windows 7 serial I have will most likely not match so I'm really hesitant to use them).

Thanks in advance...



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12 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 8 Pro 9200 x64 w/Media Center
 
 

It does not appear that the recovery partition has been formatted, so no recovery was placed there. The system reserved is boot info from the OS install, you can't access it.
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12 Dec 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi DMHolt57.
So you're saying I can't get anything off this drive?
What about off the old drive? Although I've just plugged it in and it appears exactly like the current drive in that no "file system" shows up (I assume that's what you are referring to when you say it doesn't appear to be formatted?)
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12 Dec 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would do this - gives you a much cleaner installation anyhow.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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12 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi whs.
I'll give that a try... I'll have to wait until I can access enough bandwidth so I won't mark it as solved yet...
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12 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You'll get a nice, clean system.
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12 Dec 2013   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Check your Recovery Partition with Partition Wizard "Explore Partition". You'll probably find everything is there. The PW installed mini Tool is fine for this. I'm running an ACER OEM Windows 7 on one PC and didn't have a problem getting rid of the junk.
Imaging the recovery partition with Macrium works fine and you can restore to the existing drive or a new one. Then do a factory restore using the alt F10 key presses.
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12 Dec 2013   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Did you make your ACER Recovery disks?

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12 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@ mjf - thank you, I'm going to check out that program NOW!
@ theog - as briefly mentioned in the OP, I made recovery disks BUT I'm not 100% sure they are from this Acer or from a previous one that had an issue soon after I got it and was returned for an upgraded machine - hence I'm not sure how valid they and so I'm hesitant to use them...
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12 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, I have downloaded and run partition wizard as per mjf's suggestion - it doesn't look like there's anything much in the recovery partition of the current HDD..
However in the original drive there is a bunch of stuff!
So I suppose the trick now is to ?? use PW to copy the stuff from the old to the new??


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