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Recovery Partition shows 100% free space


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#1 Union_Thug

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:41 AM

Hey guys, I'm looking to be edumacated about this, forgive me if I ask dumb questions (which I will)

Running Win 7 Home Prem SP1 x64, on Gateway NV59C notebook, OEM version came pre-installed with SP 0, hence no installation DVD, but I do have all the recovery DVD's (3 system, 1 drivers & OEM crapware & 1 system repair) burned w/ Win 7's native disc burner...which I haven't used. I have used the recovery partition to restore to factory cond twice since I bought the laptop in Sept '10...once when I bought it (it was a floor model @ Radio Shack) and once in Feb when my first attempt @ installing SP1 went wrong, and on both occasions I am SURE the recovery partition only had about 2gb free space.

What I'm concerned with is that if something goes wrong and I need to restore to factory again (since I don't have a re-install DVD, nor do I have nor can I afford another HDD to make & store backup images) and the recovery partition is "empty" or corrupt, AND the DVD's I burned with WinDOZE' native burner fail. I have no backup to reinstall the OS.

My question is, how do I verify if there's anything in the recovery partition, since Disk Mgmt show 100% free space? And if it is (empty or corrupt), is there a way to repair it? I ran chkdsk /r yesterday, came back clean as a whistle. Disk Mgmt png & chkdsk.txt log attached below.

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[attachment=103936:dsk_mgmt.PNG] [attachment=103937:chkdsk_8_5_11.txt]

Edited by Union_Thug, 06 August 2011 - 09:44 AM.


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Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:44 PM

Problem solved, if it should arise. My cousin has a retail 7 Home premium SP1 DVD I can borrow & then activate with the product key from the label on my laptop using the method described by Andre Da Costa @ this link: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/i-want-to-reinstall-windows-7-but-the-recovery/63939520-704a-4db7-8f5e-ed26e7652ed2?tab=MoreHelp

Also good info here: Can I create an OS recovery partition? http://forum.webuser.co.uk/showthread.php?t=93385

Edited by Union_Thug, 06 August 2011 - 01:18 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2011 - 02:10 PM

Seagate has software to do that, it isn't free however. I got in on the trial which comes with 5 licenses. $25 for 5 licenses normally. Most likely not what you are looking for due to cost.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/partners/spp/rescue-restore/

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