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PCV-W20 Partition sizes

Good day
I tried to run the system recovery disks when I had the following messages; Error Cannot Recover. Hard drive size too small.
Click on OK and the following message comes up
VAIO System Recovery Utility
Cannot normally execute the initial setting of partition information. This utility exits and your computer is rebooted.


I need to know what size the partitions should be so I can run this recovery disk. Also is there anything special I need to do when I setup the recovery partition?
All help is greatly appreciated!!

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  • abgeezer Dec 17, 2007

    Thank you for the reply

    I did try that, I went in with Partition Magic * and removed all the partitions and left it in a condition like it would be if it was brand new. I still got that same message
    I also tried to make an active partition and formatted it, with an separate second partition, tried the second partition formatted and unformatted, no help.
    Now I am wondering if the recover disks are the wrong ones for this computer. They are the ones that came with the computer, I am thinking it is a factory mix up.

    Thanks again for your help

  • abgeezer Dec 18, 2007

    As I sit here blushing and wanting to hide under a rock!

    I had a 1gb jump drive plugged into the computer and it was trying to recover to the jump drive!!

    I pulled out the jump drive and it is working like a charm right now!!

    My other desktop will not spot the jump drive until I am in windows, so I did not even think about it. I was using it for the data backup and when I was done I just left it in there.

    Thank you anyhow !
    Hope you all have a great day.
    Mine just improved greatly!!

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Have yout tried to recover without any partition defined? Try to execute with your hard drive clean.

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I don't have recovery partition


follow this step and do it. God bless you

  • To create a partition from a new or newly formatted computer, make sure Windows is installed. Load any programs and drivers you would like to keep in case you need to back up to a previous version of your computer's settings.

  • 2

    Install your partition creation software; in this article we will use Norton Ghost. Before creating your partition, disable any anti virus and other scanning software.


  • 3

    Create your partition by going to your ms-dos prompt: from your Start menu, press "Run," and type "cmd" without quotations in the run dialog box. At the dos prompt, type "fdisk" without quotations, and choose option 1 (Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive). Set the partition size to 10 GB at press enter.

  • 4

    Open Norton Ghost and follow the instructions to create a recovery partition in the new partition you had just created. The process should take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the size of the files you are going to back up.

  • 5

    Restart your computer. When done, open Norton Ghost to verify that the Recovery Partition was created.



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    How to Recover Data From a Disk Encrypted by Bitlocker. Data Recovery.


    Today we will describe the procedure of data recovery from a damaged disk encrypted by Bitlocker. Such problem may emerge as a result of damage to the file system of an encrypted disk (for example, damage to the area of the hard disk, where BitLocker stores important data, that happens due to unexpected system shutdown), inability to load OS or BitLocker recovery console, and other similar errors that prevent normal opening of the encrypted disk. The described problems may affect both system disk,portable external drive or USB drive.

    In order to recover data we will use the utility Repair-bde (BitLocker Repair Tool), a command prompt utility which appeared back in Windows 7 / 2008 R2. This utility is used for access and recovery of encrypted data in a damaged disk encrypted by BitLocker.
    Warning. This procedure should be applied after all the others have failed, and it was impossible to unlock the encrypted disk in a standard way by using a Bitlocker password or recovery key.

    Requirements for data recovery from a BitLocker volume

    To recover data from a disk encrypted by BitLocker you need to have at least one of the following Bitlocker defense elements:
    • BitLocker recovery password;
    • Recovery key;
    • System startup key (Startup key - .bek).
    Data will be recovered to a separate disk the size of which should be no less than the size of the damaged disk. In the course of recovery, all contents of this disk will be deleted and replaced by decrypted data from the Bitlocker volume.
    In our example, disk E: (size 2 Gb) is a USB drive the contents of which are encrypted by BitLocker, and which cannot be opened for some reason. To recover data, we have installed an additional external disk F: (size 16 Gb).

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    Method 1. Data recovery with the use of a BitLocker password

    In the first place, try recovering data with this method (it will work with Windows 8 / 2012 and newer versions):
    • Launch command prompt as administrator.
    • Execute the command:
      repair-bde E: F: -pw -Force
      where E: - disk with Bitlocker data, F: - disk where decrypted data should be extracted.
    • In the course of executing the command you will have to specify BitLocker password (the same which a user is to enter into UI when trying to access an encrypted volume).

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    Method 2. Decryption of a Bitlocker volume with a recovery key

    For decryption of data located in a damaged volume which is encrypted with Bitlocker we will need a recovery key or a system startup key (if the system partition is encrypted).
    Advice. BitLockerRecoveryKey is a unique sequence of 48 symbols. The recovery key is generated when a Bitlocker volume is created; it can be printed, saved as a text file to a local (this choice is not recommended) or external disk, or in a user account at Microsoft website.

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    Now let us launch data recovery with the help of this key:
    repair-bde E: F: -rp 011407-712393-682121-100210-377003-405174-520014-328130 -Force
    If Bitlocker is used for encryption of the system partition containing Windows, and for loading the system a special startup key on a USB drive is used, the encrypted volume can be decrypted as follows:
    repair-bde E: F: -rk I:\3F558473-943D-4330-8449-62C36BA53345.BEK -Force
    where file 3F558473-943D-4330-8449-62C36BA53345.BEK is a key to launch BitLocker disk encryption on a USB drive G: (by default, this file is hidden).
    After the procedure of data recovery and decryption, before opening the disk where the contents of the Bitlocker volume were extracted, it is necessary to run its check. In order to do it, execute the following command and wait until it is complete:
    Chkdsk F: /f
    Important note. If you failed to recover data from an encrypted disk with the described methods, it is worth trying to create a sector-by-sector copy of the damaged disk with the help of a Linux utility DDRescue (or any other similar utility). After that, try recovering data from the received copy by the following scenario.

    Data Recovery Software

    We also should notice that exist more common and simpler way to recover files from Bitlocker encrypted storage. These are data recovery software. Of course, not all programs ?an cope in such situation but some of them have required function.
    The only thing is that you must have a password to unlock the device which was specified when encrypt.
    Then it's simple. Connecting device with the information that you want to recover to your computer and getting message.
    Further, enter password in a special window after double-clicking on the device you need to recover in "This PC".
    After that, the storage becomes fully accessible for data recovery for any of the Hetman Software programs.

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    How to Recover Data From a Disk Encrypted by Bitlocker


    In this article we will describe the procedure of data recovery from a damaged disk encrypted by Bitlocker. Such problem may emerge as a result of damage to the file system of an encrypted disk (for example, damage to the area of the hard disk, where

    BitLocker stores important data, that happens due to unexpected system shutdown), inability to load OS or BitLocker recovery console, and other similar errors that prevent normal opening of the encrypted disk. The described problems may affect both system disk,portable external drive or USB drive.

    In order to recover data we will use the utility Repair-bde (BitLocker Repair Tool), a command prompt utility which appeared back in Windows 7 / 2008 R2. This utility is used for access and recovery of encrypted data in a damaged disk encrypted by BitLocker.

    Warning. This procedure should be applied after all the others have failed, and it was impossible to unlock the encrypted disk in a standard way by using a Bitlocker password or recovery key.

    Requirements for data recovery from a BitLocker volume

    To recover data from a disk encrypted by BitLocker you need to have at least one of the following Bitlocker defense elements:
    • BitLocker recovery password;
    • Recovery key;
    • System startup key (Startup key - .bek).
    Data will be recovered to a separate disk the size of which should be no less than the size of the damaged disk. In the course of recovery, all contents of this disk will be deleted and replaced by decrypted data from the Bitlocker volume.
    In our example, disk E: (size 2 Gb) is a USB drive the contents of which are encrypted by BitLocker, and which cannot be opened for some reason. To recover data, we have installed an additional external disk F: (size 16 Gb).

    Method 1. Data recovery with the use of a BitLocker password

    In the first place, try recovering data with this method (it will work with Windows 8 / 2012 and newer versions):
    • Launch command prompt as administrator.
    • Execute the command:
      repair-bde E: F: -pw -Force
      where E: - disk with Bitlocker data, F: - disk where decrypted data should be extracted.
    • In the course of executing the command you will have to specify BitLocker password (the same which a user is to enter into UI when trying to access an encrypted volume).

    Method 2. Decryption of a Bitlocker volume with a recovery key

    For decryption of data located in a damaged volume which is encrypted with Bitlocker we will need a recovery key or a system startup key (if the system partition is encrypted).
    Advice. BitLockerRecoveryKey is a unique sequence of 48 symbols. The recovery key is generated when a Bitlocker volume is created; it can be printed, saved as a text file to a local (this choice is not recommended) or external disk, or in a user account at Microsoft website.
    Now let us launch data recovery with the help of this key:
    repair-bde E: F: -rp 011407-712393-682121-100210-377003-405174-520014-328130 -Force
    If Bitlocker is used for encryption of the system partition containing Windows, and for loading the system a special startup key on a USB drive is used, the encrypted volume can be decrypted as follows:
    repair-bde E: F: -rk I:\3F558473-943D-4330-8449-62C36BA53345.BEK -Force
    where file 3F558473-943D-4330-8449-62C36BA53345.BEK is a key to launch BitLocker disk encryption on a USB drive G: (by default, this file is hidden).
    After the procedure of data recovery and decryption, before opening the disk where the contents of the Bitlocker volume were extracted, it is necessary to run its check. In order to do it, execute the following command and wait until it is complete:
    Chkdsk F: /f
    Important note. If you failed to recover data from an encrypted disk with the described methods, it is worth trying to create a sector-by-sector copy of the damaged disk with the help of a Linux utility DDRescue (or any other similar utility). After that, try recovering data from the received copy by the following scenario.

    Data Recovery Software

    We also should notice that exist more common and simpler way to recover files from Bitlocker encrypted storage. These are data recovery software. Of course, not all programs ?an cope in such situation but some of them have required function.
    The only thing is that you must have a password to unlock the device which was specified when encrypt.
    Then it's simple. Connecting device with the information that you want to recover to your computer and getting message.
    Further, enter password in a special window after double-clicking on the device you need to recover in "This PC".
    After that, the storage becomes fully accessible for data recovery for Hetman Partition Recovery.

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    Message missing operating system


    This sounds like the main partition on your harddrive was corrupt. You will need to reformat the system.

    Using the Recovery Partition:

    1. Press [F9] during bootup.

    2. Press [Enter] to select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled].

    3. Select the language you want to recover and click


    Next.

    4. Read the ASUS Preload Wizard messages and click


    Next.

    5. Select a partition option and click


    Next. Partition options:

    Recover Windows to first partition only.

    This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other

    partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C".

    Recover Windows to entire HD.

    This option deletes all partitions from your hard disk drive and creates
    a new system partition as drive "C".

    Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitionThis option deletes all partitions from your hard drive and creates two
    new partitions "C" (25%) and "D" (75%).
    6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery
    process.

    Make sure to burn off your recovery DVDs as soon as you get you rsystem back up and running so that you have them in an emergency.

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    How can i recover data on drive without reformating.


    People often feel panic when I see this. If I format the drive, will I lose all my data? If not, how could I get access to my files?


    My take is that you may try some data recovery software first, download this one called asoftech data recovery
    Windows Data Recovery Software


    If does not work, you may have to format (use quick format) the drive and then use recovery software to recover your files.Here's some information about format recovery, think you need to take a look, very useful
    how to recover formatted files

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    Hard Disk Data Recovery


    Definition of Hard Disk: Hard Drive is a storage device where you can store any types of data and file. Hard Drive is available as external and internal device. We know PC storage device as internal system Hard Disk. When you save data or install programs on your computer, the information is typically written to your Hard Disk. The Hard Disk is a spindle of magnetic disks, called platters, that record and store information. There are several interface standards for passing data between a Hard Disk and a computer. The most common are IDE and SCSI. Hard Disk is made of one or more aluminium or glass platters, coated with a ferromagnetic material. Most Hard Disks are found as Parallel ATA (PATA), Serial ATA (SATA) or SCSI device.

    Difference with Floppy Drive:
    The term hard is used to distinguish it from a soft, or floppy, disk. Hard Disks hold more data and also faster than floppy disks. As an example a Hard Disk can store anywhere from 10 to more than 100 gigabytes, where most floppies have a maximum storage capacity of 1.4 megabytes. Floppy is more risky device than Hard Disk for losing data.
    Problem with Hard Disk:

    Most common problems of Hard Disk which may arise anytime are Booting problem, OS Installation problem, Hard drive crashing and another Hard Disk not showing original space or not showing partition etc. But in every case the risk is loss of data. In some of cases formatting and reloading of Operating System can recover your Hard drive and make it useful but formatting can recover a blank Hard Disk only without data. But you have to recover Hard Disk with data, so formatting is not possible.


    Data Recovery:

    Data recovery is the process of retrieving back data from the damaged media. The damage of storage media can be physical damage and logical damage. The data is retrieved back by recovery experts after determining the type of the damage caused to the storage media. Most of cases data recovery is important and formatting is not possible there. So that I need to choose another way for solution of this type of problems of Hard Disk. The first and secure way to recover a Hard Disk is using data recovery software.


    Recover Data from crashed Hard Disk: Power surges, Software Corruption or Malfunction, Hardware or system failure, Natural calamities, User errors may crash your Hard Drive. Data recovery software helps to retrieve or recover the data from the crashed hard Drive. Data recovery software gives an easy and Graphical User Interface with less difficulty so that the data can be recovered easily. The recovery software helps to recover the data and restore them on a second Hard Disk, the Hard Disk being connected to the computer and recognized by the BIOS, the recovered data can be stored on a safe location on the second disk.


    Logical data recovery: In a data loss situation when the Hard Drive is perfectly fine and the BIOS recognizes the Hard Drive but reports a read error, logical data recovery technique is very helpful. Here the files that are damaged or corrupted by any user error or virus attack are rebuilt rather than repairing the Hard Drive.


    Fragmentation: When the FAT entry is lost during accidental file deletion, formatting or partition deletion that particular block of Hard Drive becomes inaccessible. Some data recovery software makes an attempt to rebuild the files without a FAT entry. This technique is very efficient if the file size is smaller than the clusters size. But it is inefficient in recovery the larger files.


    Data Recovery from deleted partition: Partition is allocation of memory in different sections. Each partition will be like separate disk drives. Partition is very use full when the user is using operating systems more than one. Usually after formatting the disk it may not be able to recognize a partition because of accidental deletion of the partition table or by virus infection. The partition is not actually deleted; it can be recovered by using recovery tools and copy the data present in the partition to the required destination. Formatting the drive erases a large amount of data present on it, but not all the data. The recovery of the data depends on the fragmentation of the file system as the parts of files are being placed on different places in the drive. The data recovery software will assume that files were not fragmented and stored in continuous clusters. If the partition was formatted using different file system, then recovery process will be very complicated.


    Another Data recovery process: If you don't have any data recovery software you can try another process to recover data. Attach the Hard Drive with another system in slave or second SATA.If detect the drive then boot to the first Hard Drive and use the bad Hard Drive as secondary. Then you can copy the data from the second drive to first drive easily. Here have another process to recover data from a crashed Hard Disk. But it is so risky, and should not try to do this for an inexpert person. First pack the Hard Disk in a bag properly where moisture can't attack. Now freeze it upto get chill. After freezing quickly attach with a system in secondary, and copy the data within the Drive will come in room temperature.

    So the most secure process to recover data from a Hard Disk is to use data recovery software. It is available in market.

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    Hi guy,
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    Anyway,you can download a trial version and scan your hard drive for free to check out whether your partition can be recovered. http://www.any-data-recovery.com/index.htm

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    I want to recover my computer to factory settings


    As soon as you press the power button on your notebook, Keep tapping F8 repeatedly. Another screen should pop up with a list of commands (safe mode / start up repair etc) Near the bottom of the list you should see an option to ReInstall windows / Reset to factory Default. Select which one you prefer and follow the simple instructions.

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    You cannot recover a lost or deleted partition by simply creating it in Windows Disk Manager (this can only make things worse). To recover partitions you will need partition recovery software Today there are TONS of partition recovery software on the Internet. I am going to give a short review of such software.
    Here are some main kinds of partition recovery software:
    • It can be paid or free
    • It can run under Windows or only under DOS (usually from a boot CD)
    • It can give you the possibility to copy files off the lost partition (preferred) or just patch your hard drive (pretty much dangerous).
    • Active Partition Recovery DOS/WindowsPrice: $36Easiness to use: Average
      Safety: Average
      Allows to recover partitions or files in Demo mode: No
      Link: http://www.partition-recovery.com/price.htm
    • or with this free software TestDiskPrice: FreeEasiness to use: Not easy
      Safety: Dangerous!
      Allows to recover partitions or files in Demo mode: Yes
      Link: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download Click link to download..
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    • the remaining size is for D:scroll down D and press c key to create partion for D:then enter
    • wait till the setup finish

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    you can recover deleted files from external hard drive with asoftech data recovery software, you can download the software from
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