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Windows 7: How to create a recovery partition for a blank HD

28 Nov 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think we are all confused.


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28 Nov 2013   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Copy the the 7 install dvd onto any partition ( except the one containing your current windows installation).

It will look like this:

How to create a recovery partition for a blank HD-recovpart1.jpg

With these guys inside that folder:

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1. You can run setup.exe from within your existing installation for a repair ( also called upgrade ) install.

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2. You can set up your recovery image, like the oems but without the crapware. Very simple.
Open an elevated command and type:

reagentc /setosimage [/path <dir_name> [/target <dir_name>]

My image ( install.wim ) is on partition O in GRMCULFREO_EN_DVD\sources folder

Therefore, I type:

reagentc /setosimage /path "O:\GRMCULFREO_EN_DVD\sources" /target c:\windows

(then press enter)

reagentc /enable


(then press enter)

Like this:

How to create a recovery partition for a blank HD-setosimage.jpg

Job done. Very very simple.


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28 Nov 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

You'd need an OS onboard to make the bootable installation partition, which only gives the ability to reinstall or repair by booting it.

By comparison a stored image in the same space (or preferablly externally) can be up and running in 20 minutes since it's already your customized ideal install and doesn't require hours or days of reinstalling and setup.

Hopefully these options are helping to better shape what you want. Keep asking back until you find your perfect solution.
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29 Nov 2013   #14
medwatt

Windows 6 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by medwatt View Post
Is there a way, as in linux distros, to create a bootable USB without formatting ?
This doesn't make any sense to me....to create a bootable Linux USB you usually have to format it. Im quite confused over what you are trying to do....
No I really create linux distros without formatting at all. I use LiLi USB creator and there is an option to uncheck 'format' and I always uncheck it.
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29 Nov 2013   #15
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thats because you have formatted it previously
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03 Dec 2013   #16
medwatt

Windows 6 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm sorry to be posting this late.

Can you suggest how I can avoid formatting my HD if I want to create a bootable Win 7 USB ?
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03 Dec 2013   #17
gregrocker

 

Create the bootable sticks from Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Formatting your HDD is not involved.

If you want to use an ISO you had previously the Windows tool may not work since it is picky. In that case use Ultra ISO to create bootable flash stick.

If you'll tell us exactly what you want to do then we will be able to help you better.
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03 Dec 2013   #18
medwatt

Windows 6 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am myself a little bit confused in presenting what I want done.
Ok once more.
1. I want to install win 7 on a blank HDD which has no DVD drive
2. I already have a 1.5TB HDD which is semi full formatted as NTFS
3. I already have an ISO image of win 7
4. How to make the 1.5TB HDD a win 7 bootable installation disk without formatting it (1.e. retaining all files)
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03 Dec 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

ad 4) If you post a disk management picture of this 1.5TB disk, we could have a look on how to go about it.
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03 Dec 2013   #20
medwatt

Windows 6 Ultimate x64
 
 

Please see the attachment !


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