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Question on system recovery

By TheNoob101
Aug 17, 2008
  1. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Um None!

    You cannot download Windows or a recovery CD (Normally)

    Original Operating System
    Microsoft® Windows® XP MCE

    You must contact the manufacturer's support to ask if you can purchase your missing Recovery disc
     
  2. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Thanks for reply, my computer did not come with a recovery disk. People say there is something built in the computer that can let you recover/reformat your computer.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +622

    get to the Disk Mgr and look to see if there is a second partition -- if so, it has the recovery stuff in it
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Or purchase a Recovery Disc
    I believe you should have this Disc, available anyway (in case of HardDisk fail)
     
  5. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    I'm sorry,but im a bit of a ***** when it comes to computers.Where is the Disk Mgr?
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +622

    control panel->Admin Tools -> Comp Manage

    expand [+] Storage->Disk Management
     
  7. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Yeh i got 2 things that came up.I think that is it.
    So how do i start the reformatting?
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    If it has a recovery Partition

    When you first turn on the computer, you may see a prompt like select F10 to run setup or Recovery, please check for that.

    Also there is another prompt that says press DEL (or some other key) to get to BIOS (or CMOS Setup) this is not it
     
  9. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Okay, is there anything I need to know before going into this reformatting?Such as cd keys and such. Also any chance you might know how long it takes?
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Your Windows key is stuck on the case

    But if you have put any other software on, then you may need to take down those serial numbers
    You could also back up any email if possible
     
  11. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    So i need a windows key? Which case the box it came in?
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  13. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    It says there is only about 2 gigs left on the other parition. I think i am using the second one which has about 140 left. I got my computer repaired by a guy so he may have used the other parition.Can i still reformat?
     
  14. radnam

    radnam TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Yes you can Still Reformat.

    It should not affect the reformat in anyways
     
  15. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Okay, pressing f10 did not start the reformatting which key does?
    Also do i need any other cd's? i was browsing the fourms and it said i needed a xp cd.
    Can you provide steps also? Sorry for being like this i just want a clean fresh system thats all.
     
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I state "like F10" as I do not know how your Recovery Partition has been installed, or how it is accessed (or even if this Partition even is the Recovery partition ??)
    You may need to confirm these steps with your Manufacture.
    And as I stated earlier, you really should purchase the Recovery CD (if exists for sale) from them. Even if you do have a recovery partition, owning a recovery CD is wiser (ie if the HardDrive fails, so will the recovery partition!)
     
  17. papermate

    papermate TS Rookie

    you can try norton ghost
     
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Norton Ghost (I use this one)
    Acronis True Image (most users like this one, images and backup incrementally)
    Acronis Migrate Easy (Just disk clone - quite good!)
    Drive Image (Basically an alternative)
    DriveImage XML (This one is free!)
    MaxBlast (I haven't used this, but it's free)

    Imaging: Backs up your entire system, including Windows and data, plus your partition as well. The image can be stored on removable media, such as DVD. And usually takes under an hour (depending on size of image) to fully recover to a blank HardDrive.
     
  19. TheNoob101

    TheNoob101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Okay, i'm hoping this picture helps to see if my partition is a recovery partition.
    [​IMG]
     
  20. papermate

    papermate TS Rookie

    does it also migrate viruses? if one has them on their hard drive?
     
  21. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes that looks too big just to be a diagnostic partition
    I believe it is the recovery partition
    Please contact the manufacture to ask how to access (and thus, restore from) this recovery partition. I note that the recovery partition is usually Fat32 not NTFS (Fat32 will allow easier Dos access), so this is confusing
     
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