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How to create a recovery partition


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#1 YardDog1

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:19 PM

I am attempting to create a recovery partition. The instructions I have received to create the partition state to type fdisk from command prompt then choose option 1. However, when I type fdisk I receive the message it is not a recognized command. Any ideas?

I got this from this site http://www.ehow.com/how_4841312_recovery-partition.html

This is another computer i have, here is it's spec's HP 864n Windows Xp Pro Sp3 Pentium 4 2.66ghz 1024 RAM



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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:53 AM

Why not, after installing, updating, etc. to where you want to create a recovery partition, why not just clone the HD? That way, if the original HD goes, you just pop in the 2nd one and you're back up and running. Just a thought.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 09:57 AM

Thank you, that is a good thought.. anybody else have any ideas ?



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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:07 AM

I like the idea of cloning the partition/drive...rather than relying on a recovery partition.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:16 AM

I did, in fact, clone the current configuration, created an ISO image, burned it to a disk and can pop it in at any time to completely re-install everything to the exact same way it is now. I still wanted to create the recovery partition for experimenting, fun. learning etc...
In addition, that would not aide me in determining why I am unable to perform a legitimate windows xp command from ms-dos. But thanks for the suggestions received so far.



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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:26 AM

FWIW: Windows XP doesn't use DOS, it has no DOS base as Windows 9x have.

You may be interested in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307848.

http://commandwindows.com/command1.htm

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Edited by hamluis, 24 February 2010 - 11:28 AM.


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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:33 AM

Thanks Hamluis, i missed that one from MS .



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Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:01 PM

You're welcome, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:35 PM

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwar...499&lang=en

This unit is a media center pc. Comes with ms mediacenter 2005 sp1 it seems. The original disk should have the recovery partition which you can access at either f-10 or f-11 at the bios splash screen.

I have used clonezilla to do a full drive image on these and transfer it to a larger drive and run the recovery. Works fine.

The recovery partition will only install into the same size partition as the original, but then you can use a partition editor to expand the partition to fit the new drive.

I burn these to new drives to experiment with all the time.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:39 PM

Thanks Ken,, I will give that a looking at.



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Posted 25 February 2010 - 01:25 PM

Thanks for all answers, I will consider this thread closed..



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