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Windows 7: Reinstalling Windows 7 starter - how do I create a recovery partition

14 Sep 2013   #11
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Lets have a look at the partitions first:

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hazel123 View Post
Hi Golden. I don't seem to have a snipping tool in my accessories folder - I did a search for it and nothing came up - maybe because I haven't done the Windows updates yet. Anyway, if this helps, what I have is:

1) Volume - (blank space), Layout - Simple, Type - Basic, Status - Healthy (EFI System Partition), Capacity - 16mb, Free Space - 16mb, % Free - 100%, Fault Tolerance - No, Overhead - 0%
2) Volume WIN7 (C, Layout - Simple, Type - Basic, File System - NTFS, Status - Healthy (System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition), Capacity - 232.87GB, Free Space - 218.32GB, % Free - 94%, Fault Tolerance - No, Overhead - 0%

Then underneath, in the boxes it says to the left "Disk 0 Basic 232.88GB Online". In the next wider box it says "WIN7 (C 232.87GB NTFS Healthy (System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition). Then in the smaller right hand box it says "16mb Healthy (EFI System Partition).
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Reinstalling Windows 7 starter
Windows 7 starter is not x64, only x32,
What Windows 7 have you installed?
Golden ask you to post a screenshot of Disk Management on NETBOOK with Windows 7 Starter, not your NOTEBOOK with Windows 7 x64.

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When registering on here it asked what equipment and software I had. The Windows 7 64 bit is on my laptop. The Windows 7 starter 32 bit is on my netbook (well - trying to be!)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hazal123
As I now have 35 worth of recovery disc I may as well use it - I like the idea of doing a system back up image instead of having a recovery partition. The recovery disc isn't as bad as the original Windows Starter that was on the netbook. Hardly any bloatware - just Asus Hotkeys and the other Hotkey program thingy - and that's it.
When you reinstall with the Microsoft official ASUS Recovery disks, the Recovery Partition will be remade.


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14 Sep 2013   #12
gregrocker

 

Are you sure the Recov disks didn't restore the Recov partition as they normally will? We can help you check for sure and also spot anything else and advise you best when we see Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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16 Sep 2013   #13
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Hi and thanks for the replies.

  • Yes, the 'screenshot' info I posted was from the netbook (I'm not that silly that I posted info from perfectly working laptop!). Sorry I didn't have the snipping tool.
  • The reinstallation was with official Asus Microsoft disc. I described how it was partitioned above. The Windows 7 is on the main 232.87GB partition. The only other partion is the '16mb Healthy EFI System Partition'. Does this mean Windows 7 starter recovery is on the 16mb partition then?
  • Sorry I couldn't do the screen capture - as I mentioned, the snipping tool isn't in my accessories folder, so I wrote out the info above.
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16 Sep 2013   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well Hazel I don't exactly know but the only netbooks I have ever had dealings with come with that Starter version and it is pretty basic. The one thing that I do not know for sure is if these machines come with a factory default setting. Something I have probably said already or missed.

Personally I think the devices are ok for lolling about on a laptop is a slightly more expensive way to go but a heck of a lot easier to use and fix.
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16 Sep 2013   #15
gregrocker

 

You can also maximize the Disk Mgmt window and press Print Screen on your Keyboard, copy into Paint to save and attach. Screenshot with Paint
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Either way the best Recovery you can have is to Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup to an external HD. There are other freeware apps that work well too like Macrium - Image your system
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16 Sep 2013   #16
SIW2

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Is it normal for Asus to have an efi partition on netbook?

Anybody got one of those to check what Asus is doing?

@hazel, your best bet is to use partition wizard (free) home edition . It has a screenshot function.

Reinstalling Windows 7 starter - how do I create a recovery partition-2013-09-16_165607.jpg

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html


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16 Sep 2013   #17
gregrocker

 

If it's installed in UEFI mode, yes, it must have one. The size seems a bit odd, though.

Boot into BIOS setup, see if there are UEFI settings like Compatibility Support Module (CSM) or Legacy Mode disabled, and whether in the BIOS Boot Priority order the DVD drive is booting in UEFI mode.

There really wouldn't be a EFI partition unless it's installed in UEFI, though.
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16 Sep 2013   #18
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Type Snipping tool in Start Search box just above the .

Then follow the steps in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Either way the best Recovery you can have is to Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup to an external HD. There are other freeware apps that work well too like Macrium - Image your system
Greg I have an idea that the Starter version doesn't come with the snipping tool but there is this

need snipping tool for windows 7 starter - Microsoft Community
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16 Sep 2013   #19
gregrocker

 

Thanks, John. I'm not that familar with Starter except reinstalling it.

Sweet find on PW screenshot, SIW2.
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16 Sep 2013   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hazel has 32 bit win7, apparently.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If it's installed in UEFI mode, yes, it must have one. The size seems a bit odd, though.

Boot into BIOS setup, see if there are UEFI settings like Compatibility Support Module (CSM) or Legacy Mode disabled, and whether in the BIOS Boot Priority order the DVD drive is booting in UEFI mode.

There really wouldn't be a EFI partition unless it's installed in UEFI, though.
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