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Copying a Recovery Partition from a bad HDD to a new one

by libelula / February 6, 2010 5:42 AM PST

Hi there,
I have an HP laptop with a bad HDD. I have a Recovery Partition on the old HDD, but I did not make recovery disks to use on a new HDD (I know, that was stupid). At least I backed up my files.
I would like to copy the files from the old HDD to a new HDD so that I can recover the original Vista OS and apps that came preinstalled. I have a desktop that I can use, a Blacx dock, and a new SATA HDD.
Do I need to clone the old HDD using an Acronis program or something?
Any advice would be very appreciated.

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I'm confused . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 6, 2010 9:06 AM PST

If the old hard drive failed/is bad, can you access it? If not, we're done. If yes, you cannot clone a slave/USB (in an external case) drive. Usually. Tell us the status of the failed drive.

If the drive is accessible, I have used this to unhide a drive.

Then burned a copy of the hidden restoral partition.

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Can access through docking station
by libelula / February 7, 2010 7:19 AM PST
In reply to: I'm confused . . .

My laptop booted up to a black screen with a pointer. I tried booting into Safe Mode with no luck. I tried System Restore with no luck, then I went into the BIOS and ran a check on the HDD and it said that it was faulty.
I took out the drive and I can access the contents of the drive through a docking station that I connected with a USB to my desktop. I cannot figure out where the Recovery data is, though. I did try to use Tue Image to backup the drive onto my desktop, and it said that "Operation has completed with errors". I looked up the error code and it says, "Make sure the archive is not open, mounted or used by a different process. Reattempt the operation". I did not have any of the files from the drive open.

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I'll Recommend Contacting HP For the Recovery Discs
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 8, 2010 3:01 AM PST

The cost will be minimal and the Recovery discs should install the operating system, all programs and drivers per the original factory state.. It also should install the recovery partition on the new hard drive.

Unfortunately, copying the recovery partition files from the old drive may not get the job done. First, you'll need to partition the new drive so the drive has the same drive letters for both the C: drive and the recovery partition. Both must have the same drive letters as the original drive had. And even if done correctly, the recovery setup key may not function as designed if there's anything slightly wrong..

Hope this helps.


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Disks are ordered
by libelula / February 8, 2010 6:55 AM PST

Thanks for the advice. I ordered the disks and also have a new and improved HDD to use. I've never replaced a HDD and had to format, partition it, and all that good stuff. Are there any links/walk-throughs that you can recommend for doing so? Then, is there anything special I need to do to install the OS from the replacement disk?

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You Don't Mention The Specific Version Of Vista..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 8, 2010 7:13 AM PST
In reply to: Disks are ordered

..but the install from Recovery Discs should be fairly straight forward. Place the first recovery disc in the DVD drive, then restart the computer and it should walk you through the options to format the drive and install everything back to it's factory state.

In fact, if you search the HP site for your model number and recovery options for your version of Vista, it should give you the specific instructions for using the recovery discs.

Hope this helps.


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