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How to create a hidden recovery partition

I was searching in the Forums but I did not find an answer to my search.
I will install Windows 7+drivers in a laptop that does not have installed an operating system and I would like to create a hidden recovery partition in the same way that HP or Acer (for example) do it: when I restart or turn my computer on I press F10 and I will get the choice to restore my computer to original settings.
I read about some software to make an image recovery partition but I think it is not what I am looking for.
I am not a Guru but only a regular guy with basic knowledge on computers.
Can someone help me describing an understandable, explicit and simple step by step tutorial to solve this puzzle?
Thanks in advance for any answer.

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I doubt this will happen.

The steps involved so far require software engineers and authors to create such a system. To date I have yet to find a method that we can hand to an end user to do what you asked.

But this does not mean we don't have alternatives. For example I use CLONEZILLA. Armed with CLONEZILLA (see google) I can backup my hard drive to a file/folder on an external drive and restore that when need be. Cost is not a factor since CLONEZILLA is free. Documentation is also out on the net and this method is for everyone to use if they so desire.

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Thanks for your answer

Thanks R. Proffitt for your answer.
I hope that Someone will be able to develop this utility soon for an end user.
I will look in CLONEZILLA.
Thanks again for the advice.

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Maybe useful or just a toy but to hide/unhide partitions

I'll use ptedit or ptedit32. You'll need to google these. Ptedit works from a DOS boot disk and ptedit32 works from Windows. These will allow you to display the contents of hidden recovery partitions or hide partitions yourself. It will do other things too....some causing havoc.

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Thanks for the information about ptedit32

Hi Steven Haninger,
Thanks for the information and the warning. I will see how I can use ptedit32.

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Just info on where these came from

These are legit and not some hack. They were applets in some PowerQuest programs including Drive Image and Partition Magic before Symentec bought them out, skuttled their products and incorporated it into Norton Ghost, etc. These were long available on the web as stand alone executables.

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Thanks for the information

Hi Steve,
Thanks for the information. Very useful.

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