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The HP Recovery Partition that comes pre-installed on most
new HPs is like built-in insurance if your system becomes unstable or fails.
If the problem is severe enough, you may not be able to
start the HP Desktop Recovery Manager from Windows but you can start it
manually by following the steps below.
Disconnect all peripheral devices and power on the computer.
Press the F11 key after the computer first powers on to
start the HP Recovery Manager.
Follow the on-screen instructions to back up recoverable
files on the hard drive to an external drive or media.
Continue following the instructions to recover the hard
drive to its original factory condition.
Click "Finish" when the recovery is complete.
Reconnect devices and reboot the computer.
Reinstall software and update Windows and HP to current
Performing an HP System Recovery
(Windows Vista) HP Pavilion Recovery Partition
Accessing the recovery partition on your HP
Pavilion laptop allows you to restore your computer to speed it up, eliminate a
virus or repair your Windows operating system.
The Recovery Manager program makes it possible
to restore your laptop to its settings as of a previous date or restore your
computer to its original factory settings, which will erase all of your
installed programs and personal data.
Using the recovery partition allows you to
bypass the hassle of keeping track of recovery discs, which could be damaged in
storage, rendering them useless when you need them.
Turn on or restart your HP Pavilion laptop.
Press "F11" when the "Press
<F11> for recovery" message appears during the HP Pavilion boot
Select "Recovery Manager" from your
list of recovery options and press "Enter."
The Recovery Manger program will open on your
screen, and you can begin the recovery process. Access Recovery Manager Within Windows
Click the "Start" icon or "Start" button
in the lower left corner of your Windows home screen.
Click "All Programs" and then "Recovery
Click "Recovery Manager" again to open the
Recovery Manager program on your HP Pavilion laptop. using the hp recovery
manager in windows 7
Can you still get into windows on the system? If you can, there is a chance you can force the recovery partition to boot. What you do is go into the control panel and select Administrative Tools / Computer Management. Under Storage select Disk Management. Now highlight the recovery partition and right click it. (Recovery Partitions usually are no more then 10GB in size and may have no Drive letter associated with them, and may be labeled as hidden or "unknown") Select Mark Partition as Active.
If you can not get into windows and would still like to try marking the recovery partition as active then reefer to this link for a couple alternative options (requires downloading a boot CD) http://thpc.info/how/make_active.html#gpart
Now reboot the PC and press F11 or F10, F12 etc.., which ever command is supposed to get you into the recovery mode. In most cases this should now work.
Huh, it seems to be stuck picking a boot device. Narrow it down by removing (disconnecting) USB, flash or optical devices, and see what happens. It might have been polling a failed DVD-ROM drive or something....
You can also try reseating your videocard or installing a lesser one until you get it booted....
If you go to sony's website and under drivers and support, put in your model number you should either be able to download the recovery software (which wont work if your recovery partition is gone) or order the recovery cds from them for a nominal fee (anywhere from 10 bux to 50 bux depending)...you can also call them to order the cds aswell or find out where you can download the software..usually the easiest option.
Did you simply swap hard drives? "Couldn't find NTLDR" basically means the PC cannot find any version of Windows installed because the boot file is missing. This could be because you have a CD in the drive or the hard drive is missing or broken.
If you put in a new hard drive to replace your older smaller one you need to reinstall Windows on that new 40GB drive or it just won't work. If you have some PC Tech friends they should be able to move the data which is tricky or help you out.