My T30 type 2366-85U Laptop no longer completely restores the PC using the Recovery CD. I tried to increase the size of the c: partition but failed. I used Partition Magic 8 and FDISK to eliminate all partitions
except bootable C. With only one partition, bootable C:, the Recovery CDs did install a new mostly working WIN XP PRO but doesn't install any expected IBM Thinkpad software. Some devices are missing drivers. RECOVERY cds boots, copy files, expand files, but do not make a complete desktop. Before I changed HDD, RECOVERY CDs worked OK.
Did I delete a needed RESTORE partition? What can I do to reinstall RESTORE PART so RESTORE CDs will again work? This seems like what I would need to do to a brand new HDD to allow that new HDD to be usable with the Recovery CDs. Do I have the tools on the RECOVERY CDs to make a brand new HDD usable with RECOVERY CDs? "....make a recovery disk set..." option?
I have a 2nd T30-2366-85U [working OK] created 03/03 and the injured T30 was created 06/02. The 2nd T30 is working fine. Is there any way to use TRUE IMAGE ACRONIS 9 IMAGE software or Partition Magic to CLONE [RESTORE PARTITION] on the good HDD onto the HDD I altered? How can I recreate the RESTORE PARTITION I erased?
How can I rebuild the altered HDD, with what software?
Thank you for your help, Dave_S
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Re: Recovery partition - repair
You have obviously deleted the partition that the laptop could recover from but usually if you are supplied a cd to recover windows, there is normally a drivers folder within the cd but not the aplications, such as anti virus although these are only for a trial period.
for things like microsoft works if supplied, are normally on a seperate cd.
Without knowledge of your partition software, you should be able to partition the HDD and then copy the files from one drive to another, but the restore may not work as the system files may not weave together when you come to restore.
I would imagine it's only the drivers that's youre main concern, which you can install from your other laptop.
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Some vendors have recovery partition software installed from the factory you can uninstall and it increases the HD automatically. (you will lose your recovery partition though) the other option is a software like Acronis that will repartition your drive on the fly. Careful though, this can be detrimental. FAT files can be sensitive. Also ensure your OS can handle the size you want to go to, or you will have failures there also, like it won't even see the partition!
Resizing the partitions has affected the partition size of the hidden recovery partition. This is why the recovery does not work. You need to get a Recovery CD for your model LG laptop from the LG WEB site so you can restore your laptop. You maybe able to download the recovery CD from this site : - www.notebook-driver.com/lg/lg-notebook-lm40lm50-driver/
Haven't used win98 for a while so bear with me and this uses DOS COMMANDS too. If useing restore cd/floppy you have to use a utility from compaq that creates two partitions on hard-drive. They may have a restore floppy if you need it too. One for "recovery files" and one for "OS Boot" AHH, the memories, I still have my 95/98/ME Laptops up and running for older stuff. HP n CQ too. Restore CD should do it all though. If no restore CD - have Win98 CD? if Harddrive partitioned and formated - Just do 1 1. boot from Win98 CD. Partition n Format 2. Choose boot to DOS (puts u in virtual drive A) AT PROMPT 3. Type drive letter of CD ( C: D: or E: ) 4. Type CD Win98 5. Type Fdisk ( to partion drive) reboot n do 1 + 2 6. Type format C: ( I do this to ckeck drive for errors) OR JUST Boot from CD and follow install instructions. 1 to 6 for if you have problem with Win98 CD setting up Harddrive.
Gateway Direct systems went "media-less" back in September 2004. In the event of a system crash users could either 1) restore their systems from the Recovery Partition OR 2) from the backup media that they were prompted to create on first power-up -- which would provide them with up to 5 blank CD-R discs depending on their system's configuration.
On the factory load of the hard drive, the recovery partition will not contain operating system files. It only contains application and driver files. The first time the recovery partition is used, it prompts the user to insert their System Recovery CD/DVD to copy files from the CD to the recovery partition. The Drivers and Applications CD is not bootable and does not contain Operating System files. The System Recovery CD/DVD is bootable but does not contain any application or driver files. If the end-user erases the hard drive and restores the computer using the System Recovery CD/DVD and an Applications and Drivers CD, the recovery partition is not recreated.
This means that you will need the operating system restore disc FIRST then the recovery partition will work for you
Could you look at solutions other than running a system restore? What is the initial issue that is requiring you to run the restore?
If you're at the point of needing to run a restore, you do need to get your hands on the discs, I would recommend borrowing the discs from someone else with an Acer, or purchasing them from the manufacturer. Trying to borrow discs from someone might be an issue as Acer no longer provides physical recovery discs, the process is run directly from the laptop and the files are on a partitioned section of the harddrive.
The only way to rebuild the recovery partition would be through the recovery disk that came with the machine. It does a complete wipe of your hard drives (both C + D) and rebuilds the recovery partition as well as restores the C drive back to its original condition. If you no longer have the recovery CD you can call Gateway to obtain one.
This reason you where not provided any software is due to the increase in size of HD (hard drives). When HD became big enough computer manufactures eliminated back-up software on CD and opted to place the software on the HD. They do this using a hidden partition on the HD. This has the added benefit allowing you to restore it back to how it came from the factory or to your last system save.
If you are not sure whether or not you have the Hard Disk Based Recovery, (HDBR), then follow these instructions.
The hidden partition contains an image of the software preloaded. This image is part of a new recovery process called HDBR .
Pressing [F8] during the boot process the advanced Windows start option will appear with the new option: "repair computer".
Choosing this option a Windows Recovery Environment will be started. In addition to the MS Windows tools, you will find a
Fujitsu Recovery Tool. This tool allows you to set the software of the
computer back to the delivery state. If you delete the hidden partition
this feature is no longer available.
However, if you do not have any media included to your computer it is not recommended to delete this partition because you are no longer able to recover the system then.
Hope this helps, but if not please let me know and I'll try and help.
There is no way to roll back from Vista to XP. If you still have an XP CD Key you can re-install using a windows disk of the same type using your code. All the drivers should be downloaded first to a CD from the manufacturers web site. Plus any data you would like to keep.
Insert the Toshiba Product Recovery CD and turn on the system while
holding down the C key. This will allow the system to boot from the CD.
Select either a Complete Recovery (this recreates all the partitions
and formats each one, this may reboot the system several times
depending on the size of the HDD and the number of partitions) or
Standard Recovery (this just formats drive C:). This will then restore
the operating system as shipped from the factory. A Toshiba Tools and
Utilities CD is supplied for reinstallation of drivers and utilities
without reinstalling the complete operating system.