I have my netbook dual-boot WinXP and Windows 7. (I used EasyBCD for the dual-boot setup.)
In booting into Windows 7, I used to have the option of the "repair your computer", which brought one several useful tools, if there is problem booting.
Of course, the exact same tools are on the Windows 7 setup DVD, which I have. However, with a netbook, I don't always have the USB DVD drive with me, or the DVD, and that recovery stuff boots up much faster from the HDD partition, than from the DVD. So I think it is good to have. (Not at all like the notebook manufacturers recovery partitions. I wouldn't want to use those at all, wiping out all my data.)
Recently I upgraded to a larger HDD. I used Acronis to clone my old HDD (at that time in the notebook) to the new HDD (attached via USB enclosure). (It was an older Acronis version, long predating Windows 7. I don't know if I would have had better results with a new version.)
Well, at first I could not boot at all, with the new HDD installed. I was able to fix that though. (I forget the details of it at the moment.)
Also, my drive letters (I have four partitions-drives) were messed up, so somehow the Acronis cloning did not keep that information, and I had to fix that in both XP and 7, with Disk Management.
For the most part though, my partitions were all intact in the new drive. Being a larger HDD, I increased the size of a couple, in the Acronis interface.
I realize now though, that I do not have the recovery boot-up option any more. That can show up while booting into Windows 7 and pressing a key, but if one chooses it, it just tells one to put in the Windows 7 DVD. Therefore, that option of booting from the recovery partition seems to be gone.
Looking in Disk Management from Win 7, I see an unallocated partition, I think about 8.98 GB, I think. Is that the Windows 7 recovery partition? Did Acronis copy it correctly, but somehow the boot sector on the new drive cannot access it?
How can I fix that? (Please no suggestion of a clean reinstall of Windows. No.)
It is not urgent, as I have the Windows 7 installation DVD, which can do the same thing, but I would like to get that capability back. How can I get that?
Thanks in advance.