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Deleted HP Windows 8.1 recovery partition files by mistake

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Deleted HP Windows 8.1 recovery partition files by mistake


    Hello,
    I am using a HP notebook with Windows 8.1. When I purchased the laptop the D drive was set aside for 17gb worth of recovery files. I was attempting to re-partition the harddrive so as to be able to save things to a place other than the main C drive. I hold only base computer knowledge and managed to delete the only visible file within the D drive. I am unsure the name of the file. The file was roughly 230mb so the rest of hidden files remain. My question is as follows.

    Is the inability to do a system restore or recovery important?

    If so, will I be able to restore my computer at this point?

    If not, how can I replace the file in order to do so?

    If unable, would a fresh installation of Windows fix my error?

    I do not have ready access to the Windows installation discs and codes/keys required so this would be the last resort hopefully. I don't know enough about this subject to even ask another intelligent question (or rather an intelligent question). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Ryan

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    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by RyanJ View Post
    will I be able to restore my computer at this point?
    Are you getting an error message when you click on the "Get started" button? For example, "Could not find the recovery environment".

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanJ View Post
    I do not have ready access to the Windows installation discs and codes/keys required so this would be the last resort hopefully.
    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Have a look in the recycle bin, if its there just restore it.
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by RyanJ View Post
    Is the inability to do a system restore or recovery important?
    I believe it is to the degree that I do a full system image backup every week. Has saved me more than once.

    If so, will I be able to restore my computer at this point?
    No -- not if you removed the recovery image file.

    If not, how can I replace the file in order to do so?
    If, as already mentioned, it's still in the recycle bin, you may be able to simply restore it. If not, your only recourse would be to order full restore media from the PC manufacturer.

    If unable, would a fresh installation of Windows fix my error?
    No. Reinstallation will not recreate the recovery image file.

    Short of recovering/recreating that file, the best approach at this point would be to do an image backup to an external drive. I use Macrium Reflect to do that, but others have used Acronis and other products equally well. Doing that will give you something to be able to restore from later, should you need it. Also, this approach allows you to reuse the space on the drive formerly taken up by the recovery partition.

    I do not have ready access to the Windows installation discs and codes/keys required so this would be the last resort hopefully. I don't know enough about this subject to even ask another intelligent question (or rather an intelligent question). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Ryan[/QUOTE]
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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    In the event that you wish to reset your computer to Factory settings, the exact same state as when you got the computer and did not create recovery disks you may order them from HP is still available.
    If you live in the USA/Canada, call this number... 1-800-334-5144.
    If you do not live in the USA/Canada, call the HP business PC support number for the country you live in.
    HP Support Worldwide
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    First, I would like to thank everyone for their help. I really appreciate all the great information.

    @genet. When clicking on "Get started" I do not get an error message. I was able to advance up to the point where it listed all programs I would have to reinstall. Unfortunately it listed every single program I have installed. I didn't click farther in fear that it would start deleting anything.

    @alpha. It sadly is not.

    I will attempt to do an image backup once I learn how. Thank you Mark for suggestions of which programs I could use.

    I have a follow up question. If I create this image backup does that remove the need to order recovery discs from HP as Nuccii suggested? I am not sure if it would be redundant to have both systems. Of the two, which is more reliable/ easier to use?
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  7. #7


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    It is a little more work to start, but you really don't need that restore partition if you download and burn an 8.1 disc and write down your license key (unless it is on your computer). Once you have that, you can always download drivers right from HP, in the event you need to do a clean install.
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by RyanJ View Post
    I have a follow up question. If I create this image backup does that remove the need to order recovery discs from HP as Nuccii suggested? I am not sure if it would be redundant to have both systems. Of the two, which is more reliable/ easier to use?
    I use both.

    Should I need to perform a clean install, use the recovery disks to put the computer back to the same state as when you got it. You would have to reinstall your programs and data.

    I use an image backup to put the computer back to my last known good configuration should I screw up. It would include the OS, programs and data. I always keep at least 2 backups just in case.
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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    @RyanJ

    From a command prompt(admin)

    Type> Reagentc /info

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  10. #10


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    @Nuccii. Thank you, I will use both systems then.

    @KYHI

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