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Recovery Partition - Windows 8

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    Recovery Partition - Windows 8


    Hi all,

    My laptop hard disc drive was failing and so whilst under warranty it was sent away to be replaced. I have it back now but in 'My Computer' the recovery partition is not visible, only the main C: drive.

    However, when I open disc management there are two recovery partitions listed (one ~27 GB and one ~1 GB) along with an OEM partition and an EFI system partition. My concern is I don't have the option to assign any of these drives a letter to make them visible in My Computer, should I be worried or is this common place?

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    I have a Samsung laptop. When I bought it and fired it up for the first time I was given the options to choose my partition size or none at all. I choose none at all which give me exactly what you have. I still have my recovery partition it's just hidden. This may what have happened when it was setup with the new HDD. Now I have created a partition and I'm dual booting windows 7/8.1 and have a C and D drive along with the hidden system recovery partition.
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    Windows 8


    Yeah each of the other four partitions are appearing as 100% free so there must be nothing on any of them,

    What is the best way of creating a new recovery partition? and does this mean the other four partitions are ok to be deleted?
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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Adamcp898 View Post
    does this mean the other four partitions are ok to be deleted?
    Don't delete partitions. You need them.

    Note: The MSR partition is not visible within Windows Disk Management GUI-control utility but it is listed with command line utility (diskpart).

    Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions

    Default Configuration: Windows RE Tools, System, MSR, and Windows Partitions

    The Windows Setup default configuration contains a Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) Tools partition, a system partition, an MSR, and a Windows partition. The following diagram shows this configuration. This configuration allows BitLocker Drive Encryption to be enabled, and Windows RE to be stored in the hidden system partition.




    Recommended Configuration: Windows RE Tools, System, MSR, Windows, and Recovery Image Partitions

    The recommended configuration includes a Windows RE Tools partition, a system partition, an MSR, a Windows partition, and a recovery image partition. The following diagram shows this configuration.

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  5. #5


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    Thanks!

    Any idea how to add an actual recovery image to my empty recovery partition?
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    Natively that's not possible with Windows. You could use a 3rd party software to create a system image to restore the system in the event of some catastrophic error.

    Five Best Free System Restore Tools

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You had better have a look at what is in it first. Might not be empty. You may need to change the partition type and add a mount point ( e.g. drive letter ) to see it in explorer. Then you can just plonk the installation media in there and point at it with reagentc /setosimage command.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    For clarification, are you saying you sent just the hard drive back to the laptop manufacturer or the entire laptop? My Acer has software included that allows access to the recovery partition to create a disc.

    Regardless whether you sent just the HDD or entire laptop back, the laptop manufacturer should have made sure all original OEM software was on the drive including the recovery partition. It almost sounds like they created the partition but failed to put the recovery OS on it.

    Have you contacted them to see what was done? My partition setup looks like this:

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    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Adamcp898 View Post
    Any idea how to add an actual recovery image to my empty recovery partition?
    I think that Recovery Image partition are not empty.

    You can check if you see "reset" and "refresh" (see screenshots below).

    Reset Windows 8



    Refresh Windows 8



    edit:

    Recovery Image partition are empty (see screenshot below).

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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    For clarification, are you saying you sent just the hard drive back to the laptop manufacturer or the entire laptop? My Acer has software included that allows access to the recovery partition to create a disc.

    Regardless whether you sent just the HDD or entire laptop back, the laptop manufacturer should have made sure all original OEM software was on the drive including the recovery partition. It almost sounds like they created the partition but failed to put the recovery OS on it.

    Have you contacted them to see what was done? My partition setup looks like this:

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    My Disk management setup looks like this:

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    The whole laptop had to be sent back to replace the failing hard drive as it was under warranty. The OS was then put on to the new HDD before it was sent back to me. As you can see none of the partitions have been assigned a drive letter and all appear as 100% free but I can't assign them a drive to letter to explore them and see if this is actually the case.
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