and buy the recovery DVD. If you have a hard drive failure or you can't access the recovery partition, you are stuck. Don't think it can't happen because it has. The money will be well spent. And, you could spend more time and money trying to fix the problem than you would just buying the recovery DVD/CDs.
I have partitioned my hard drive with partition magic 8, but now i couldn't access the HP_RECOVERY partition. I got the message of "no recovery partition found". I have contacted HP customer service. They only say that the partition is corrupted and want me to purchase a recovery dvd with them.
here is how my hard drive look from magic partition before
[D:\ ][C:\ ]
[D:\ ][C:\ ][G:\ ]
the drive D:\ is a recovery drive which is allocated in front of everything. I couldn't believe how it could have been damage. I think it might be the drive letter mapping problem or something else since I can still browse through the HP_RECOVERY files and folder using magic partition browser (I can't use window's explorer because they are protected files and folder)
If it did or as a future reference, I really the recovery partition because it's quite convenient to have it on there instead of running around trying to find the recovery dvd, would I be able to make a recovery partition of my own that can be run from BIOS (like HP_RECOVERY partition, you can press F10 from the bios boot up screen) perhaps with the recovery dvd from HP or recovery cd of my own.