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Windows 7: Recue disks failed!

18 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 8.1.1
Recue disks failed!

I had trouble recently where I just couldn't boot at all. It just got to the HP logo and Press ESC but I though OK, I'll just use my rescue disks(I had used up most of my other options). After a long wait the process finished only to tell me that a file was missing, without telling what the missing file was!

So my question is, shall I dump these 3 disks and reclaim the Recovery partition as well?

Win 7 HP 64bit Pavilion DV6-2113SA.

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18 Jan 2012   #2
Fred Garvin


Does the system boot into Windows now? If not, what happens when you turn it on with the recovery DVDs removed?
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18 Jan 2012   #3

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What is the rescue disk ? Is it the startup repair disk ? If so, you should run

SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot .
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18 Jan 2012   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Sounds like they are HP rescue disks. Are you able to boot into the HP recovery environment. I think you can get to it after pressing Esc on boot. Maybe F11.
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18 Jan 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP


HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

If Factory Recovery won't run from its partition at boot as given in tutorial above and Recovery Disks will not complete correctly, your options are to contact HP to order another set of Recovery Disks, or clean reinstall with a Win7 Installation DVD using the Product Key on your COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7

You can also try this to enter the Device manager to uninstall any drivers which are in error to see if it lets installation complete: Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation
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19 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 8.1.1

Thanks guys. I didn't give enough info, sorry for that!

I got my system working by using Wondershare Liveboot disk. I had to repair 3 times and then I was able to boot up again and everything has been fine since. The windows repair disk said it couldn't repair it and to explore other options. Even doing an Aacronis image restore didn't fix it until I used Wondershare Liveboot.

I was asking about the 3 recovery disks because after about 2 hours of waiting the recovery finished only to say that there was a file missing! Not much help.

I'm not bothered about restoring it to factory condition anyway so I was just asking about reclaiming the recovery partition, as I don't need it.
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19 Jan 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP


Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. We'll give you the failsafe steps to recover the Recovery partition HD space into Win or wherever you want to put it.
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19 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 8.1.1

Thank you Greg

Here is the attachment

I think C:\Windows 7 HP 64 please could use a bit more space maybe, please.

Much obliged.

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19 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate

I have a HP recovery disc and I can't boot into it like a normal disk, I have to tap F10 on the BIOS to enter HP Recovery Mode.
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19 Jan 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP


If you don't need the HP Recovery and TOols partitions you can delete them in Disk Management and create new partition(s) in that space.

If you need to expand C then it will be a little more involved but doable with free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Let us know.
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