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I have a Sony Vaio. I wanted to put Linux Mint 14 on it. I used disk management to resize my drive. On the disk manager it should the different partitions available. I installed Linux in the unallocated space. Linux did was not running to its full potential.

I then deleted the partition with linux on it.

Cutting a long story short. I downloaded gparted live. Ran this deleted the Raid drive. Kept my hidden partition. This in turn resulted in the loss of the boot mbr. Reedited the MBR allocated the wrong source coded for the recovery partition.

Now when the Laptop boot it will give me 6 options. Windows 7 loader sda/drv0 Windows 7 loader sdb/drv0

Can I change one of these to enter the recovery hidden Partition?

Or would it be best to copy the hidden Partition to an external drive and boot the factory software from the USB drive instead.

Linux Mint 64 bit / Windows 7 64 bit

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My honest opinion, after having messed around with so many similar situations... no matter what you do to restore/repair the drive, there's is still going to be a bunch of old win 7/mint 64 crap on there. I would plug the lap HDD into your PC(if you have one), back all my important files onto another drive, and then reformat, chkdsk, and reinstall. If you do not have a PC, you can always slap Ubuntu Live on a usb and run the OS from there with no install needed. Get files that way. Again, this is based solely on my 15+ garbaged drive while attempting to install something new. Make images – Josh Campbell Feb 2 '13 at 11:38
So you're using a pirated version of Windows 7? – Karan Feb 2 '13 at 19:36

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