T30 2366 not recovering from original recovery disk
After failed to recover from the recovery disk, I managed to fdisk into
2 partitions, 2gb and 50+gb. For some reason, it won't allow me to
make it bigger than 2gb. Anyway, I can't seem to be able to load OS,
WIN2K into the 2gb partition, the other 50 gb still has my data and i
don't want to erase them.
2 questions. Question 1, how can i enlarge the 2gb partition?
Question 2, how can i load the OS to make it bootable when i turn on
the T30? Thank you.
Re: T30 2366 not recovering from original recovery disk
The 2 gig partition is probably your recovery partition that allows you to restore your computer from the hard drive instead of the Operating System discs that came with the unit. You don't really want to mess with your partitions (you may accidently delete all your data). I'd recommend using Acronis True Image and backing your data to an external hard drive first, you can copy individual folders or the entire hard drive. Then you can just destructive restore your entire hard drive back to factory settings.
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You can try one of the solutions to see if this helps your issue:
HP Recovery Manager can be accessed from the Start Menu, or by tapping F11 key as soon as you power on the laptop. Recovery Manager is used to reinstall back to factory specs_also used to make a Recovery Disk set.
Click Start and enter Recovery in the search field. Select Recovery Manager from the list when it becomes available. Allow the action to continue, if prompted. The HP Recovery Manager opens.
Alternately, click Start , All Programs , Recovery Manager , and then Recovery Manager . Allow the action to continue, if prompted. The HP Recovery Manager opens.
Click Advanced options , System recovery , and then click Next . The PC will restart and reopen the recovery manager.
Alternately, if Advanced options is disabled, click Next , and then System Recovery . The PC will restart.
When the PC restarts, select the System recovery option and click Next .
If prompted to use the Microsoft System Restore program, click No , and then click Next .
When prompted, select the Back up your files first (recommended) option, and then click Next . Follow the on-screen instructions.
When prompted to Recover without backing up your files , please STOP before clicking Next .
This is the final opportunity to change your mind about recovering the PC and deleting all the files and programs. Once you clickNext , the restore process cannot be stopped
If you are satisfied that you want to begin the recover process, click Next . The PC immediately begins formatting the hard drive and destroying all data.
1.Right-click on "Computer" icon and select manage. 2.This will launch the Microsoft Management Console. 3.On the left side of the MMC, click on "Disk Management" and it will show you all of the partitions. 4.Right-click on the "HP Recovery" partition and select "Mark as Active Partition." 5.When the warning prompt appears, select "Yes" - Reboot and it will automatically boot into the Recovery Manager (without pressing F11).
try this Hard Disk Drive Recovery using the recovery partition You have the options of recovering your system using the Hard Drive Recovery partition to the factory-set default, or recovering just your C: drive and leaving other partitions (for example, a D: drive) intact, or changing the size of your C: drive and then recovering it. To recover your hard disk drive using the utilities stored on your computer's HDD: 1 Make sure the computer is turned off. 2 Press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard while powering on the computer. When the computer powers on, the Toshiba Recovery Wizard screen displays. 3 Select one of the options, and then click Next. The options are: ? Recovery of Factory Default Software ? Erase the hard disk
1 On the Toshiba Recovery Wizard screen, select Recovery of Factory Default Software, and then click Next. The Recovery of Factory Default Software screen appears. (Sample Image) Recovery of Factory Default Software screen 2 Select Recover to out-of-box-state, and then click Next. A confirmation message displays reminding you that all data will be lost during the recovery process. Be sure to save your work to external media before proceeding. 3 Click Next to begin the recovery. Once complete, a message displays that the HDD has been recovered. 4 Press any key on the keyboard to restart the computer. To recover only your C: drive: 1 On the Toshiba Recovery Wizard Screen, select Recovery of Factory Default Software, and then click Next. 2 Select Recover without changing the hard drive partitions. A confirmation message appears, reminding you that all information on the C: drive will be lost during the recovery process. Be sure you have saved your work to external media before proceeding. 3 Click Next to begin the restoration. Once complete, a message displays that the HDD has been recovered. 4 Press any key on your keyboard to restart the computer.
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.
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 softwareToday 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).
I assume you've backed up everything? Get out those disks you either received with the laptop or made after you bought it. Run those and the laptop will be like new. Now what if you didn't make those disks? You can go online to the HP site and download a set of disks. HP usually allows this one time. If you can't then you'll need to download all the drivers for your laptop, put them on a CD and have them ready when you install your operating system. Now just start your operating system disk and make a new install and formatting the hard drive. I know the next question, what if I don't have an operating system disk? Well, of course you can buy one. But I think as a money saver you should check with your friends. First make sure of your exact operating system you need. You can find that on the bottom of your laptop. There is a Microsoft label that tells the operating system that was originally installed on your laptop and the product serial number. Now, try to get an original operating system disk from one of your friends. When you install the operating system at some point it will ask for your serial number. Use the number on the bottom of your laptop. Good luck
You will need a good disk recovery software. These utilities do come at a price. Email disk recovery experts such as Recover Data or Sony Vaio data recovery if they can help you.
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Restore the PC to original condition with the HP Recovery Manager
If the computer cannot open to the Windows desktop, follow the steps below to use the f11 key to launch the HP Recovery Manager and return your notebook to its original factory condition.
When the notebook is powered on, press the wireless button to turn ON the wireless switch.
Turn the power off and on to restart the computer.
Press the f11 key to launch the HP Recovery Manager.
If the HP Recovery Manager cannot access the hard drive to fix the system errors, use the personal recovery discs to recover the hard drive to its original condition.
When the Welcome to HP Recovery Manager windows displays, click Next .
When prompted to perform a Microsoft System Restore , select No , and then click Next .
When prompted to perform a System Recovery , select Yes , and then click Next .
When prompted to Backup Files , select the desired option.
When prompted to perform a Recover your computer to original factory condition , select Next and allow the system recovery process to complete.
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When you created a partition on the new hard drive, did you make the partition active?
A partition that has not been activated can be formatted and Windows installed, disk check etc. but will not boot up.
You can make the partition by booting up in DOS with either a floppy disk or a boot CD and run the DOS command "fdisk" and navigate to Set the partition active.