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#1 UndeadGeek

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 11:06 PM

I wasn't entirely sure where to post this, but here goes.
So, I have an HP laptop, it came with a "Recovery partition" this partition is supposed to restore the computer to out of the box state. I don't want it to do that, I want it to restore it to my setup just after I finish installing and configuring everything. Is there any way to do this? If I have to resize partitions (I suspect I will, the recovery partition is only 20 gigs) I can do that. I have a 500 gig HDD so i have plenty of space to sacrifice with just over 80 gigs of total data after being fully setup.

I'm on windows 7: Home Premium 64-bit.

My computer is an HP G72-B60US.

Just tell me if you need anymore info

Thanks in advance

~Connor

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:07 AM

Hi Connor and welcome to bleeping computer

The recovery partition is on default hidden from the user. That because its your Reinstalling disk in a partition. Some manufactures often will to do that if they don't supply the disk (re installation disk) However you can set a Restore Point or back up your fully configure clean OS by a third party program or using the Back up wizard. I would recommend not to change that because if you damage that partition your out of luck. However you cant change the way that the recovery partition "recovers"

http://www.todo-backup.com/ -free program to recover your data (third party)
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/create-a-restore-point-for-windows-vistas-system-restore/- restore points
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/backup-and-restore.aspx -back up wizard

Edited by coxchris, 01 January 2011 - 01:08 AM.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 06:32 PM

Hey, sorry about my delayed response.

If there isn't a way to change the recovery partition, then is there a way I could, say, put clonezilla on an external drive and image the main drive and save the image on the clonezilla drive for restoration later on?

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:20 PM

yes you are correct.

I install the todo-backup onto my main drive and clone it and save the image to a external drive. it took a while to clone though. same as the opposite you stated.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:04 PM

I wasn't entirely sure where to post this, but here goes.
So, I have an HP laptop, it came with a "Recovery partition" this partition is supposed to restore the computer to out of the box state. I don't want it to do that, I want it to restore it to my setup just after I finish installing and configuring everything. Is there any way to do this? If I have to resize partitions (I suspect I will, the recovery partition is only 20 gigs) I can do that. I have a 500 gig HDD so i have plenty of space to sacrifice with just over 80 gigs of total data after being fully setup.

I'm on windows 7: Home Premium 64-bit.

My computer is an HP G72-B60US.

Just tell me if you need anymore info

Thanks in advance

~Connor



If i am correct in thinking you want to have your own recovery partition instead of the default hp recovery partition.

Download Acronis True Image Home you will be able to create your own recovery partition and use F11 to recover. You can also create a dos boot disk as well but will be a trial version.

First thing is to make the recovery discs with hp backup and restore and select recovery discs option.

Once recovery discs have been successfully burnt backup your system and important data to an external hard drive using

Driveimagexml free to use.

Once backed up test the recovery discs work by recovering your computer with them.

Then recover your system from the backup of driveimage on ext hdd.

You can then delete your hp recovery partition go to start>control panel.Administrative tools>computer management.Disk management.

Use Acronis then to create RP.

Edited by Darth sidious, 07 January 2011 - 06:05 PM.

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