Questions tagged [recovery-partition]

Recovery partition is a portion of a disk drive that is set aside by the manufacturer to hold an image of operating system as it was shipped from the factory. Do not confuse with [partition-recovery].

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Install Ubuntu between Windows partitions

I want to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 (which is already there) on my machine. I cleared up the space but it is right before two partitions which are named, OEM partition and Recovery partition ...
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Recovering only deleted partition(not formatted nor overwritten)

I have an external hard disk and by mistake I only removed its partition. But after that I understood my mistake and stop doing anything on that. I ejected it immediately. It has 1TB capacity. It is ...
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Dual booting Windows and a linux distro without losing the Windows recovery partition

I have an HP 15-AY009DX Laptop computer that comes with MS Windows 10 Home (64-bit) pre-installed. It has only 6GB RAM and therefore running a linux VM in a productive manner is not an option. ...
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I have trouble with my usb flash memory device [duplicate]

I tried to load Windows iso file to my USB flash memory device.I had an error when the files loading. I formatted the device and repeated the process a couple of times. Now the flash memory device is ...
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Windows 10 Install didn't install drivers for the RAID array in the recovery partition

When I installed Window 10 on this computer I had to install drivers for the AMD RAID Array that Windows was being installed on. Windows 10 created the partitions on the drive as follows: Partition ...
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Unable to Partition Unallocated to C:

My issue is, I cannot extend C:. This is because a "Reserved Partition" that I cannot edit is blocking it and won't let me add to that partition. Reserved Partition Any ideas on how to either Move ...
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How do I rearrange Windows 10 partitions? [duplicate]

For a requirement, I need to re-arrange the WINRE partition.The partition is located at the end of the hard disk, after the Primary partition. I've tried using third party tools such as Paragon ...
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How can i restore functionality to my recovery partition? Disk management shows its empty, yet its not

So i've somehow lost my recovery partition, or at least its not being tethered to my current windows install. I tried to create a recovery drive and was greeted with "some files are missing" or some ...
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Windows 10 lacks partitions and WinRe options

I have just installed a fresh windows 10 v1909. Having installed some apps, I activated bitlocker. Bitlocker warned me saying "something" about a recovery partition not existing and how it can be made ...
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Saving factory Windows installation before installing Linux on new machine

I have a shiny new machine (Lenovo P53). It comes with a factory-installed Windows. I don't need Windows, and will install Linux. OTOH 4-5 years from now I could get a newer machine and pass this one ...
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WinRE Missing Administrator Accounts

I just purchased a Dell OptiPlex 7020 from DellRefurbished and got it upgraded to Windows 10 and I wanted to create a new backup image after I got all of the bloatware and unnecessary apps off of the ...
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Restore EFI partition which was deleted while doing dual boot

I dual booted Manjaro with Windows 10 but the grub didn't show up. So, while installing again I formatted EFI 100 MB partition and installed Linux boot-loader there. Linux is running well but now I ...
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Replacing Lenovo laptop drive that included recovery partition?

My friend has a Lenovo P50 laptop and the drive seems to have failed (or is failing). So we're looking at whether we can replace the drive with a new one. However that failed drive had a recovery ...
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Windows 10 after restoring the system from an image in a recovery partition, assigns it a letter

The problem is that after restoring the PC from a disk image, I am able to see the recovery partition (with ID 27) in "This PC", which should not happen. Before restoring the PC I have removed the ...
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Recover non-bootable Mac HFS partition from Linux partition

I have a MacBook Air early 2015 with two partitions: the HFS one for Mac and another for GNU/Linux. I wanted to delete the Linux partition since Mac OS had little free space, but the disk utility ...
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reagentc /enable failing with error code 3bc3, Windows Update failing with error 800F0922

A while back I cloned my Windows partition from my old hard drive over to a new SSD. I'm now having trouble with the latest cumulative Windows update (which is failing repeatedly with error ...
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Recover deleted pictures from the partition of a formated hard drive [duplicate]

How do i recover the deleted pictures from the partition of a formated hard drive. I have an old hard drive that has a partition where I hid my pictures after I formated the hard drive but how do I do ...
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Windows 7: boot to Windows recovery environment without the original install CD?

I installed a new disk to my system that dual boots windows 10 and CentOS, I wanted to add the original disk that boots windows 7 to grub, Grub detected an error, I unplug the other disk and attempt ...
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Is it possible to recover my HDD? [closed]

I re-installed my Windows 10 and found that my Seagate 2TB HDD is missing. After I installed an appropriate driver, my OS detected the HDD, but it was a dynamic disk. To change the dynamic to basic, ...
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Windows 10 update created a recovery partition - How to hide that partition?

There was a Windows 10 update which created (or made visible) a recovery partition in this PC. Since it is 449MB in size and only 35,8MB are free, every few minutes I get a warning that it is low on ...
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Determine which disk partitions are used by Windows 10

After removing a quad-boot from my laptop and leaving only Windows 10, I'm left with 9 partitions between 2 disks. I can identify the primary Windows 10 partition, the EFI, and OEM partitions. How ...
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Recovering Windows 10 using a pen drive

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (5579) laptop and it came with Windows 10 pre-installed on it. However, I want to install Ubuntu 16.04 on it. I cloned the recovery drive into my pen drive. ...
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How do I move a partition to the beginning of a drive in Windows?

I just did a clean install of Windows 10 on my laptop, and Windows places a 450MB recovery partition at the beginning of my boot drive. Is there a way to delete the recovery partition, and ...
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Vista: How to prevent an extended partition from converting to EISA?

So I tried to create an extended partition with two logical drives on an Acer Vista laptop which has two EISA recovery partitions. After reboot I see the extended partition has been replaced with a ...
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correct “Unformatted Partition” to NTFS

I have 3 NTFS partitions with windows 7 installed. I deleted both the first and second partition with a Windows 7 DVD in order to reinstall a fresh version of Windows. After the installation, Windows ...
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Shrink Volume of Hard Disk Containing Recovery Partition

I just bought a new Lenovo IdeaPad 320, with Windows 10 pre-installed with two normal partitions (C: and D:) and One Key Recovery Partition. Size of C: drive is too large, also I want to create other ...
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Why is recovery partition shown in Optimise Drives in Windows 10?

Since the recovery partition never gets optimised, and probably doesn't have the need to be optimised. Then why does it show up there? This is my disk management info : Also, if the recovery ...
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Recovery partition for identical OS

I have a recovery partition installed and would like the ability to choose which OS to use the recovery for. There are 2 copies of Windows 10 installed and one copy is a duplicate of the other. I was ...
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Can't remove recovery partition

My laptop originally came with Win 8.1, the 64Gb drive has a 15Gb recovery partition. I've since upgraded to Windows 10 so I don't think this recovery partition makes much sense - anyway I could do ...
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which recovery partition is safe to remove (active, recovery partition) or (recovery partition)?

I have two recovery partition and I need to delete one of them. I need to know which recovery the active, recovery partition (400 MB) or recover partition (839 MB) .
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How do I update my Windows recovery partition?

I got a HP PC which came with Win8.1 Pro, updated to Win10 in last summer and again to 1511 TH2 2 months ago. The recovery partition obviously contains the old Win8.1 wim image. What is the preferred ...
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Updating recovery partition in OS X El Capitan

The story I use MacBook Pro from 2012. By default, the recovery partition is OS X Lion (10.7). It is pretty cumbersome to revert back to Lion and then to El Capitan when doing any reinstall, so here ...
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How to delete the Recovery Partition in Windows 10?

I need to convert the disk containing my operating system to a dynamic disk (from a basic disk). Unfortunately there is no room on the disk to convert the drive from basic to dynamic. Microsoft ...
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GPT and MBR with Recovery Partition

I purchased a laptop with GPT partition table. On the hard drive I have one partition-recovery partition and the other is the OS partition. Since it is Windows 8.1, I need to install 7 Pro. I want to ...
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Windows doesn't recognize recovery partition

I delete all my partition in my SSD and I install a new operating system. Before that I copy all files of recovery partition to external disk also hidden files. I thought that if I set an external ...
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Windows 8.1 and EFI, recovery partition deleted, can't boot

I have a Windows tablet PC (Odys Winpad) with 32GB HDD. I have created recovery USB disk and deleted the recovery partition (I wanted to win some more space). Now I can't boot any more: every time I ...
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Is there any way to retrieve Windows product key from backed up license or recovery partition? [duplicate]

My laptop's HDD has just gone bad. The OS and recovery partitions are corrupted so I can't recover Windows anymore. However I've backed up Windows' license according to this tutorial before, therefore ...
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What is this Recovery Partition for on a fresh installation of Windows?

I installed Windows 10 Preview on a fresh SSD and noticed that there is a tiny 450MB Recovery Partition at the end of C: (Ignore the Extended partition containing F:, as I added that myself ...
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Recover Windows 8 from recovery partition without OS

I have tablet with originally came with 'Windows 8 with Bing". I deleted the OS, but recovery partition is still present. I tried but with a different edition of Windows (e.g. core or pro) can't ...
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Migrating smaller SSD to a larger one while preserving recovery partitions

I have bought a Dell XPS 13 with 128 GB SSD drive, soon I've realized that 128 GB is simply not enough, so I bought a bigger 500 GB SSD drive to upgrade my new laptop. I want to preserve the recovery ...
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Recovering Windows 8 using only a Recovery partition

I have an Asus N56JR, where the Windows 8 recovery information is stored on a partition called Recovery. Normally, one does a system restore by pressing F9 on startup, which will boot a recovery ...
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How do I delete a Windows 8 recovery partition that won't delete through command prompt

I need to delete that nasty recovery image partition which is taking up my space as I moved my windows and recovery drive to different hard disk It won't delete (when I right click it says nothing ...
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Default Recovery Partition behavior for Lenovo

I've got Lenovo G5045 laptop. On default It has 2 visible partitions: Windows 8 OS (C:) Lenovo (D:) and invisible recovery partition, efi, oem. The C: drive is huge, it was about 800 GB. As my ...
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Trouble installing a new Hard Drive

I'm having trouble replacing my hard drive System Info: Sony VAIO VPCF115fm i7 Q720 Quad Core CPU (1.6 GHz) Turbo boost up to 2.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1 GB VRAM 500 GB spinning media ...
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Add recovery partition to advance boot menu options

I want to add a WinPE automated recovery partition to a computer, can this boot option be added to "Advanced boot options"? (Like where Safe mode options are).
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Windows 8, moving recovery partition to a new USB drive

I bought a Surface Pro 3 and I moved the recovery partition to a USB flash drive, using the built-in Windows 8 tool. I would like to free up that USB drive and install the recovery partition on ...
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Restore deleted Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I selected the option to create a recovery drive in Windows and then deleted the recovery partition using the option provided (see screenshot). Now I want to restore the partition exactly as it was ...
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How to make a bootable recovery partiion(s) for multiple OS? (Linux, Windows…)

I'd like to create a recovery entry in my Bootloader (GRUB in this case). For this I have to create a bootable recovery partition for Linux (say Mint for example) and another for Windows 7 on my ...
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Restoring Windows 8 to factory state, without deleting secondary partition

I have a 3-months old Dell laptop, which I need to do a factory reset for, using the recovery partition. Since I don't have an external HDD available, in order to backup everything I needed (roughly ...
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Replacing windows 8.1 with Ubuntu. Is it possible to recover original windows later after some years?

I have bought a new Dell Inspiron 15. It came with Windows 8.1 installed. But I want to replace it with Ubuntu (formatting OS partition & install Ubuntu), but afraid of loosing the original copy ...