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Identifying partitions on HP Pavilion 15 HDD for SSD image

  1. #41


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    You can move the special user folders, but it's better to leave them on a drive in the system. If you put them on an external drive, you'll need to carry that drive with you ALL the time.

    The double Recovery partition is disconcerting - maybe KYHI has an answer.
    Please launch an elevated Command prompt (right click command, select Run as administrator...)
    enter the following commands

    Diskpart
    lis dis
    sel dis 1
    lis par
    sel par 2
    det par
    lis vol
    det vol
    exit

    *** before you exit Command Prompt grab a screenshot and post it - thanks

    exit

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  2. #42


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1


    Great, thanks for this - just away from the machine but will send details asap
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  3. #43


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1


    Here's what I got from Diskpart - any thoughts v welcome.
    Maybe fiddling with the Users folders is a bit risky? Everything is working fine it seems, so maybe just a superficial thing...
    Thanks again!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Diskpart Recovery duplicate.PNG  
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  4. #44


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Thanks, I didn't know that there wasn't a volume associated with par 2 ....

    Please run one more time - and I'll give you the volume # to get the details

    Launch an elevated Command prompt (right click command, select Run as administrator...)
    enter the following commands

    Diskpart
    lis dis
    sel dis 1
    lis par
    sel par 2
    det par
    lis vol
    sel vol 5
    det vol
    att vol
    exit

    *** before you exit Command Prompt grab a screenshot and post it - thanks

    exit

    thanks

    Bill
    .
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  5. #45


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks very much for this - just away from the machine for a couple of days now but will get back to you asap - advice much appreciated.
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  6. #46


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Quote Originally Posted by Damaha View Post
    Thanks very much for this - just away from the machine for a couple of days now but will get back to you asap - advice much appreciated.
    No worries, when you get the chance. This is investigative work - your install is running well.

    Bill
    .
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  7. #47


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1


    Finally managed to complete this exploration on Diskpart - here are the results (just the last screen)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Last part of command prompt explore Recovery.PNG  
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  8. #48


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Thanks, I don't see anything that explains the 'duplicate' HP RECOVERY shown in Disk Management.

    The Hidden 300 MB Recovery part is Win8 - it has nothing to do with the HP RECOVERY part - don't let the names throw you off.
    -> I picked the wrong volume the first time I asked you to post a Diskpart screen shot. After seeing the volume list, it was easy to figure out the correct volume - thanks.

    Vol 0 is your Optical drive
    Vols 1, 2, and 3 are on your SSD - you don't want to fool around with those.
    Vols 4 and 5 are on your HDD.

    Try this:
    Change the drive letter for your Optical drive to U in Disk Management
    I use U for the optical drive on my system because discs are in the Universal Disk Format (UDF) - it's just a letter.
    Answer yes when Disk Management warns you that some applications might use the letter .....

    Safely remove the external drive
    This is an important step - otherwise SCRUB will have little effect on the drive letters for that drive

    Launch Diskpart in and elevated Command Prompt
    Enter the following commands
    auto scrub
    exit
    exit

    Quote Originally Posted by Diskpart
    AUTOMOUNT SCRUB:
    Removes mounted folder pathnames, drive letters, mounted folder directories, and registry settings, for volumes that are no longer in the system.
    This prevents volumes that were previously in the system from being automatically assigned their former drive letters and mounted folder pathnames when they are reintroduced to the system.
    Restart the machine
    Connect the external drive ( I expect Storage to be assigned the letter D and RECOVERY to be assigned the letter E)
    Regardless of the letters assigned, the objective is to make the HP RECOVERY partition have drive letter D
    In Disk Management - change the drive letters accordingly -
    if Storage is D, change it to Z
    Change (or add) D to the HP RECOVERY part
    Change Storage to E (or what ever letter you choose)

    It is very important to be certain that you're changing the HP RECOVERY part drive letters
    don't mess around with the Win8 Recovery part!

    -> Note the capitalization difference.
    -> Note the size differences

    Win8 Recovery = 300 MB
    HP RECOVERY = 21 GB
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  9. #49


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1


    Hey great! but here is the Disk Management with RECOVERY as D - everything worked just as you said. Still duplicated -- odd.
    Sorry for slow replies, I am commuting out of town regularly at the moment and access to machine can be patchy. Away tomorrow again for a couple of days,
    I wonder if I can actually image this partition, put it on a USB and use it as an alternative Recovery USB? I took the old one back to the shop and told them about the Error message - they gave me a refund and recommended using Windows Recovery to make another - is that the System Image that KYHI was talking about?
    If I use Macrium Reflect or something like that to get an image of the Recovery Partition and transfer it off the machine, would it still be useable? It would get rid of this mysterious duplication too.
    Any suggestions very welcome meanwhile - thanks for the instructions on getting D back on the partition.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails RECOVERY as D.PNG  
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  10. #50


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You have several options..

    1) Register the recovery image - then create recovery media through control panel - remove partition

    Reagentc /Setosimage /Path d:\preload /Target c:\Windows /Index 1

    =================================================

    2) Copy every thing from D to a USB (except recycle and system volume info) the USB will be bootable - test boot - remove D partition

    =============================================

    3) Edit your BCD and add the boot entry for drive D - keep partition

    ==========================================

    4) set the GPT id and attributes - to hide the partition

    diskpart
    select volume # = D
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001

    No matter what option you choose - (to restore the factory image to the smaller SSD ) - you will have to edit files..

    This is what happens when you want to keep the factory recovery option - but blast ahead with a clean install and deleting hdd partitions.. And assuming you all the facts and (inventory) needed....
    Yeah the clean install works - but you still have the same problem as in post one, 50 posts later..
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