My Vaio laptop came with a built-in recovery partition (it's 'bout 32GB and hidden). Sometimes I use it to reset my PC back to factory conditions due to unexpected errors. But yesterday I was shocked 'cuz Windows Disk Management showed that my recovery partition was empty! When I checked with different third-party apps they showed the partition had 'bout 27GB in use. In fact I couldn't boot into Vaio recovery mode anymore.
Just installed a new M.2 SSD into an MSI GE72 laptop running Windows 10. First used MSI's Burn Recovery tool to copy the recovery to a USB flash drive. Restored onto the SSD and wiped the HDD. The resulting partitions on the SSD are shown in the attached image. So I end up with 6 partitions:
1 - EFI Recovery 2 - Hidden Windows partition 3 - C: or first usable partition 4 - 900 MB Recovery partition 5 - D: or second usable partition 6 - MSI's OS recovery image partition
The issue I'm having is that I'd like to collapse partitions 3 and 5 into one large partition for the C: drive. I am unable to do this because of the 900 MB recovery partition between them. Disk Management does not give me any options for this partition. Since I plan on dual booting with Linux installed on a second partition on the HDD, I assume I can use GParted to move the recovery partition to partition 5. I also assume that by doing this, I'll break the recovery function as WinRE is still pointing to partition 4. Also, since I'll then collapse the two usable partitions into one, the partition numbers of that 900 MB partition and the MSI OS recovery partition will change. I'm guessing that there is a way to update the settings but I've run across different forum threads that say the OEM recoveries are custom set up by them. So any generic Windows 10 guides I find may not be applicable.
Of course, I have no basis for a lot of these assumptions as this is my first foray into a Windows OS after Windows 7. Also my first time owning a machine with UEFI, which seems to be fighting against me installing Linux.
I don't understand why MSI would decide to split the large usable partition into two? Even more confused as to why they decided it was a great idea to create an untouchable 900 MB recovery partition in between them?
Maybe also try to convince me how UEFI and Windows 10 is so much better than Windows 7 with a custom recovery in a less than 5 GB custom made recovery partition?
i recently upgraded my hard drive to a new samsung 850 pro ssd 512 gb . i used the samsung migration software and it all went smooth , i checked the newly installed ssd in disk management and it shows that it copied all three partitions which are, 500mb healthy ( recovery partition) .........260mb healthy (EFI system partition) and windows (c 476.18gb NTFS healthy (boot,page file, crash Dump, primary partition) .
Everything seemed to be working fine until tonight when i had a ethernet problem which turned out to be one of my ports on my router going bad . but before i realised that all i needed to do was try a different port on my router i tried resetting my pc to factory settings but it would not let me do it with the new ssd drive so i then tried making a recovery usb flash drive but windows said it could not do it because files were missing .
So even though it shows that i have a recovery partition in computer management i cannot use it . i have not got a clue on how to fix this problem with the new ssd . i swapped the old hard drive back in to the pc and tried to make a system recovery usb drive and it worked fine so why cant i do this from the new ssd and why would files be missing from the newly cloned disk ?
i7 6700k asrock z170 pro4s motherboard 32gb ram gtx 980 TI wd blue 3tb drive for storing music and games samsung 512gb evo pro ssd boot drive windows 10 operating system
How can I get back my Recovery D. or Recovery partition? It was accidentally remove on my laptop. How to get it back without recovery media on my laptop and I didn't save it to any disc or flash drive.. ..
I was trying to install windows XP in a dual boot with Windows 10, so I created a 40 gb partition and tried to install Windows XP onto it. When I booted up the Windows XP install disk it couldn't find the partition I created because the partition didn't have the proper ntfs header that would have given the drive a Letter (like how the C:// drive is). I then tried to boot back into Windows 10 to use disk manager to format it, but since i inserted the Windows XP disk, Windows XP already overloaded Windows 10's bootloader. So basically i could boot anything. I tried to format the partition with gpart, didn't work... Kept formatting ntfs but without the letter. Tried using Ubuntu, kept giving me errors... I still can't boot into Windows 10 because windows XP overloaded the Windows 10 bootloader. And I can't install XP (on the separate partition ) because it isn't mounted with a letter. The only way that I found to fix this is to find a way to install XP (<--- that's the part I can't do ) then to use a special software on XP that will let me have a multi-boot system, and will fix the Windows 10 bootloader.
Pretty much exactly what the title says. After upgrading from win7 => win10 I migrated over to an Samsung 840EVO ssd with 500gb capacity and before I knew it, the capacity was almost already full. I scaled back some of my media storage to an external HD but I still want to minimize this partition.
Basically, why is this partition so big? Surely a recovery sector doesn't need to be that big... and secondly how to scale this back if its even possible (preferably without having to wipe the drive and re-formatting/partitioning it) Its currently ~100% free.
I just bought an HP Pavillion 15 ab15nr laptop with windows 10 and messed up the install of my programs. The factory recovery partition is untouched and as far as I know intact. How do I go about returning the machine to its factory condition using the Recovery Partition and starting over again? Boy, I miss having a Win7 type installation disk.
I accidentaly shutted down the Lenovo Yoga tablet 2 8" Windows 8.1 during Win10 update. The system won't boot and I don't know what to do. Recovery partition is also corrupted.
What I've tried so far:
1) Install clean Win10 x86 Home copy using Microsoft Media tool - Windows will be installed, but touchscreen, sound etc. doesn't work. Windows Update is unable to find and install those drivers
2) Install clean Win 8.1 x86 Enterprise copy using Microsoft Media tool, then in repair mode try to switch Windows.old Windows, Users and Program Files with current system - doesn't work, the system won't boot and everytime I try to boot the system, it tries to repair system. Without success of course.
Download Windows 8.1 with Bing x86 in hope the system will be in the same condition as I bought it. I also hope it will find required drivers.
If so, I don't have one... I look in Drive management and SSD is all one partition, I assume 232gb is what a 250gb ssd looks like formatted. Is that going to be a problem if I ever run reset or does windows hide all those files somewhere else?
I know I had one before on my old install but it was an update from win 7.
I recently installed Windows 10 on my Samsung Series 7 Chronos (NP700Z5A-A01DX). The HDD is a Hitachi HTS547575A9E384 which I originally thought was a hybrid HDD with 8gb ssd partition, but I'm not 100% sure.Anyway, with Windows 7 the computer came back from sleep in 1 or 2 seconds, now it's much slower. I've followed all the instruction online for reinstalling ExpressCache etc. but I get the error message "SSD not fund, please create a partition manually".Running DISKPART, List Disk I only have a one disk showing. (750gb, Drive 0)
So i added an WD 2TB HDD to my computer, and removed an old ATI Sapphire HD 5450 GPU. When i booted up, my computer was unable to find an OS, and it said to remove any HDD that does not have an OS, and so i did. Then i t said reboot and choose device, but when o rebooted, it just went back to the same screen. I tried to enter system recovery, but it bluescreened... i have tried this like 6 times, rearranging SATA cables and SATA power cables,
Intel core i7 6xxx 3.4 GHz MSI GAMING PRO MOBO MSI GTX 970 HYPERX FURY 16GB RAM ATI Sapphire HD5450 (the one i removed) 240GB SSD, + 108 GB HDD + WD 2TB HDD ( the one i wanted to add)
A couple of weeks ago I upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Now I'm going to sell my laptop, so I've decided to reset Windows 10.
I opened settings, update & Security, recovery and then chose the "Reset this PC" option. I chose Remove everything, but then I get prompted with a window saying "Could not find the recovery environment. Insert your Windows Installation or recovery media, and restart your PC with the media.
Is it possible to create a recovery partition or image on a PC, which could recover the PC using a Fn key during boot up ?
I have a PC with a recovery partition which is for vista, which is now obsolete now Imhave moved up to Windows 10 via Windows 7.... never want to recover to vista...
would love over to create my own recovery partition, where pressing e.g. Fn11 during startup invokes the recovery process.....maybe this is too difficult...there is a program called AOMEI OneKey Recovery which promises to do such, or so it looks...
I created the USB recovery drive successfully with the option "Back up system files to the recovery drive". Since I needed the USB for another purpose, I transferred the files from the USB to a separate partition on an external HDD and made this drive bootable using YUMI.
So now, on the same laptop, I am able to boot to this new partition on my external HDD where windows recovery environment comes up just fine. I did not want to test the reset or refresh part. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the "System Restore" option on the advanced options screen. I got an error message "To use system restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system and then select System Restore"
So, I've had this 1Tb HDD lying around unused, so I had the bright idea of shoving it in place of my Dell Latitude E6410's original 640Gb HDD, use that in place of the old 60Gb HDD on my T60 (a mere 60Gbs just weren't enough to accommodate my Google Drive - running on Linux with InSync - and Mega cloud storage), and put my latest W10 Pro system image on the 1Tb in the E6410.
All well and good so far - except when I checked the partitions after I reinstalled the system image from the original 640Gb, this is what I got:
Which wasn't too surprising, given how Windows works. What I wanted to do was to expand C: into all that extra unallocated space, but as you can see, the recovery partition is in the way. I wouldn't be too surprised, either, if there was no workaround that doesn't involve reinstalling Windows.
I have a Sandisk Cruzer 64GB USB 2.0 thumb drive and I was wondering if it's possible to create 2 disk partitions and install some boot menu to allow me to choose either the Win10 ISO partition or Surface Book Recovery Image when I boot to USB in UEFI?
One of the 1st things I do with a new PC is create & test a recovery drive. This is the 3rd Windows 10 PC I've worked on-all Toshiba Satellites by coincidence. This one seems to have a problem, possibly creating the recovery drive and if not that then certainly using it. Or else I've forgotten how I used it on the other two. I test it by doing a restore from system image-since I create it immediately after completing setup I haven't lost anything and this assures me that if nothing else I can get back to 'ground zero'.
This is the 3rd time I've tried this on the new PC. The first time it said it was unable to create the recovery drive. I checked the USB stick & tried again. That time is 'successfully' created the drive. Both times 'copy system image to recovery drive' was checked. When I tested the 'successfully' created drive it couldn't find a system image on it.
So I'm trying it again and it's just sitting on the 'Please Wait' screen-for 20 minutes so far. Presumably it's erasing the drive so I'm reluctant to simply reboot. And this is the last 16GB USB stick I have. Should I shut it down & try again, get another USB stick, or what? Or have I totally forgotten what I did on the previous 2 PC's that worked?