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