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Solutions for a missing recovery partition?


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#1 JAEGER

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:05 PM

Other than a factory reset, does anyone have any solutions for a missing recovery partition? After re-installation, I noticed it missing. I've been looking for other solutions and I was offered one, but it costs.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:42 PM

Any partition can be lost only if you delete it or delete whole disk. Otherwise it might be without a tag/letter/label and then it is there but you can not see it.
Open Disk Management to make sure that it is not there or it is there but without letter/label etc.
Location:
Win Key + R => %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools => OK => select from left Disk Management 
or
Win Key + R => %windir%\system32\compmgmt.msc /s => OK => select from left Disk Management 


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 04:18 PM

I'm not quite sure what you're hoping to do.  The recovery partition is what is used to do a factory reset to "out of the box" state.  If it's missing then you don't have the necessary files to do a factory reset.

 

Depending on how Windows 10 was installed, or whether someone elected at some point to integrate what had been the recovery partition with another partition to snag the space, this is not all that unusual.

 

Since Windows 10 can be reinstalled on any machine on which it was legally installed at any time in the past if you're having major issues with your machine I'd consider reformatting the hard drive to get the arrangement you'd like and then reinstalling Windows 10.

 

You've offered too little information to get much more specific than this.


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#4 JAEGER

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 04:27 PM

You've offered too little information to get much more specific than this.

 

I know, I was gonna say, but you replied the minute I signed in. I can see the partition with Disk Management. Thing is it needs to be assigned a drive letter and there's no way of doing that unless I pay for it.


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 04:46 PM

No, it doesn't.

 

The OEM recovery partition should have a drive letter, but if it's not there then it's been removed.

 

This is a different entity from the Windows recovery partition, which should not have a drive letter.   Here are screen shots of Disk Management from my HP laptop and my partner's Toshiba laptop.  Both are perfectly normal (though I have no idea how my machine ended up with two separate Windows Recovery partitions).  The double display of D: is a mystery since it is clearly the same space.

 

HP Disk Management Screen Shot:

 

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Toshiba Disk Management Screen Shot:

 

toshiba_disk_mgt.jpg


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:27 PM

 

You've offered too little information to get much more specific than this.

 

I know, I was gonna say, but you replied the minute I signed in. I can see the partition with Disk Management. Thing is it needs to be assigned a drive letter and there's no way of doing that unless I pay for it.

 

 

 

In this scenario, who would you pay?


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:36 PM

No, it doesn't.
 
The OEM recovery partition should have a drive letter, but if it's not there then it's been removed.


In this scenario, who would you pay?

 
 
This is my disk management. When I open EaseUS Partition Master, I can see it, however a drive letter hasn't been assigned to it. I would have to pay for a tool to assign a drive letter to recovery.

http://www.prime-expert.com/embootkit/features/fix-boot-problems-and-reassign-drive-letters/

I used the demo version knowing it was a demo version, at first. Half way through fixing it, I completely forgot it was a demo and proceeded on to fix it. At the end of the process, it said something like, "its been fixed only in memory. this is a demo version." -____- smh.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:42 PM

@ britechguy
You know, I re-read your comment. I did buy an OEM copy of WIN10. So it'll just not assign a drive letter then?

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:46 PM

Try MiniTool Partition for free;

 

https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:38 PM

Indeed, the Windows recovery partition is not given a drive letter.  

 

Both of the examples I've shown started out life as Windows 8.1 machines, one of which (the HP) has an OEM recovery partition with a letter and the other of which (the Toshiba) does not.  You'll notice that the Windows recovery partitions on each are not assigned drive letters and disk manager knows exactly what they are.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 06:50 AM

Hi,
 

Please post the brand and model of the machine.

 

What was the original OS initially installed on the machine? usually there is a sticker on the machine that could contain or not the Windows key depending on the Windows version.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 02:54 PM

Hi,
 
Please post the brand and model of the machine.
 
What was the original OS initially installed on the machine? usually there is a sticker on the machine that could contain or not the Windows key depending on the Windows version.


Original OS was Windows 10 Home / Make: HP Pavilion 15-ab231na Notebook. OEM is WIN10 was installed.
 

Indeed, the Windows recovery partition is not given a drive letter.

Both of the examples I've shown started out life as Windows 8.1 machines, one of which (the HP) has an OEM recovery partition with a letter and the other of which (the Toshiba) does not. You'll notice that the Windows recovery partitions on each are not assigned drive letters and disk manager knows exactly what they are.

^^This.

I think we might be sorted here. Thanks britechguy. 👍

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 03:10 PM

On this link is the information provided by HP about restoring your computer.

 

Is not uncommon that the manufactures protect the Recovery Partition in those cases windows will not assign or let you assign a drive letter.


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