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Windows 7: Restore recovery partition

28 Sep 2009   #11
StormTrooper

Windows 8.1 PRO
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Hi kupaiski

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

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

i have recovery dvds with me


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28 Sep 2009   #12
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

OK you are safe to the extent that you can restore the system to the state it was when you first switched on.

Remember that any changes that you have made since this time plus any of your personal data - Music, photos, documents, music, etc. are not protected so will need to be considered separately for a full
recovery solution
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28 Sep 2009   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi kupalski,

1. You need some way or restoring the operating system.

2. It can be done with the recovery cd's but:

a) they will take you back to the factory state - you will need to reconfigure, update and reinstall all your programs. You could lose any data you had not backed up separately.

b) You may not have the cd's with you when you need them - or they may get lost/damaged.

c) The recovery partition would provide a faster restore to factory state.

2. There are a variety of programs ( free versions , too) that will let you make your own image of the drive. It will be up to date if you make a new one regularly. Much better to use that more recent image to restore from.

An excellent free one is Macrium Reflect:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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28 Sep 2009   #14
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

You could make a backup "Image" of the C partition ..
Then recover the computer using the Dell Recovery CDs ...
This will restore the recovery partition and the C partition back to factory new.
Then you can replace just the C partition from the backup Image.

I'm not sure if Macrium can restore individual Partitions .. I use Acronis
But since I can "Image" my HD ... I've removed my HP recovery partitions a long time ago.
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28 Sep 2009   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
I'm not sure if Macrium can restore individual Partitions
It does - that is the whole point of it.

Back up and restore any partition/combination - the smallest , fastest, most efficient in the industry.

Always worked perfectly for me - every o/s, including various beta builds I tried it on..

The Free version also allows mounting to extract individual files , and scheduling.


Quote:
Then recover the computer using the Dell Recovery CDs ...
This will restore the recovery partition and the C partition back to factory new.
LOL - only just noticed he has a Dell. I have Dell dvd - it doesn't reconstruct the recovery partition - unless his is different, of course. The one I have is an installation dvd -with some extra Dell proprietary stuff added - it is not an image. I think Dell are unusual in doing that.
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28 Sep 2009   #16
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
I'm not sure if Macrium can restore individual Partitions
It does - that is the whole point of it.

Back up and restore any partition/combination - the smallest , fastest, most efficient in the industry.

Always worked perfectly for me - every o/s, including various beta builds I tried it on..

The Free version also allows mounting to extract individual files , and scheduling.


Quote:
Then recover the computer using the Dell Recovery CDs ...
This will restore the recovery partition and the C partition back to factory new.
Are you sure about that? I have Dell dvd - it doesn't reconstruct the recovery partition - unless his is different, of course. The one I have is an installation dvd -with some extra Dell proprietary stuff added - it is not an image. I think Dell are unusual in doing that.
I'll second that, with my Gateway XP Pro MCE "Recovery" DVD.

Even tho I checked the 'Save my data' box,
he took the liberty of reformatting the entire HDD, wiping out my other bootable partitions, and gave me a "Factory new" C: drive.

No recovery partition, which was ~4 GB FAT32 --- gone.

Just one C: drive, 250 gigs worth.
Which was good:
Nice and clean, pure factory install, no DL sw updates.
Just SP2...
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28 Sep 2009   #17
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kupalski View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Hi kupaiski

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

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

i have recovery dvds with me
The Dell recovery partition is notoriously hard to re-install if it has been removed. Then quite often they don't work, original or restored. Mine has been deleted and I have used a couple of the backup and restore programs mentioned here. They work very well and saves a lot of time.

With the restore partition you will get the hard drive just like it was delivered. You will need to install updates, drivers, programs, and restore your personal files. If you use a backup and restore program, restore your last backup and your done, just like it was last week or your last backup (should be weekly at minimum). I like to get a backup image after all drivers, updates, programs, personal files are installed/added, wait several days to be sure it's running well. Then activate and get a backup image and keep it for a replacement for the restore partition. This will give you a fresh fully functional OS in close to original state.

So it's several hours versus 20 to 30 minutes.

It's best to keep your backup images on a separate physical hard drive or storage media. External hard drives work well for this, but can be put on large USB stick or DVDs depending on their size.

I can confirm this:
Quote:
only just noticed he has a Dell. I have Dell dvd - it doesn't reconstruct the recovery partition - unless his is different, of course
The Dell dvd doesn't restore the recovery partition.
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29 Sep 2009   #18
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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...
That's the first time I heard of DeepFreeze. I went to the site. It looks kind of interesting like if you are going to set up a machine for somebody not computer savvy(they aren't going to be tweaking it every day like I am) and just lock in the config. Does it differ from Returnil type strategy and does it support 64 bit?
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30 Sep 2009   #19
SofTones

Windows 7 7600 OEM
 
 

I have used DeepFreeze ever since it first came out, I "tweak" and install/uninstall continuously, and it doesn't cause me any inconvenience.. It differs from ALL other stuff similar, in it's size, it's ease of use and it's performance... ( you'd think I have shares in the company ???) I have NO idea if it supports 64Bit, but they say it is NOT compatible with 7, well I have it running like a Swiss watch in 7, and dumped all the anti-virus, Win Defender, Firewall and associated BLOATware, NEVER had a virus, don't know what they are !!!! MAY have had one, but after reboot... all back to day one.. even have a Ghost image of C drive when I make any big change...
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30 Sep 2009   #20
SofTones

Windows 7 7600 OEM
 
 

Your recovery partition will only recover your system back to where it was when it left the factory... what about all the much-needed goodies you've burdened the HDD with, all that crap you simply CAN'T do without ??? poor you... you need to find it ALL again, then go through the many hours of reinstalling it, and the nail-biting when you can't run it, 'cause you forgot where you got the drivers from... ah me..... been there, done it, got the degree, teeshirt, etc: PHEW, no more of that for me thanx ... a Ghost image of the C drive, after getting rid of the recovery crap partition, and DeepFreeze ( to hold my hand and make me feel comfortable...)
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