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replace recovery partition in recovery drive?


flash

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If you have a recovery drive - that includes the recovery partition - made on one computer, but have a toshiba laptop with a bad drive (but the recovery partition is ok), can you replace/copy the partition on the recovery drive with the recovery partition from the bad laptop HD?

My friend's laptop would not boot, and would not factory recover, reset, or refresh. I tried to clone the hard drive before I started messing with the disc. It would not clone, but I was able to copy the recovery partition to a USB drive.

He never make recovery discs, so could not re-install, but I can borrow the recovery drive that my aunt made for her laptop.
 

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Saltgrass

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There may be a couple problems with that. The Factory Image is too large to be just copied to a Fat32 partition, so it has to be divided in sections. You could do that using DISM and put the .swm files in the sources folder. Not even a guess as to whether it would work.

There is other information concerning the configuration of the computer making the recovery drive. If it was made on a different computer, that info would probably be incorrect and not allow a reset.

I have never tried, but you might be able to copy the Factory image to a drive formatted as NTFS and then set the recovery to look for that file for a reset. Maybe you have already copied the entire recovery partition...

If you assume the factory image is the same for both systems, can you copy the entire Recovery Image partition from the bad drive to the good drive?
 

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    Windows 8.1 x64
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    PC/Desktop
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    Home Grown
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    i7 3770K
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    ASUS P8Z77 -v Pro, Z87-Expert
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flash

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I ended up using my aunts recovery disks (she didn't make a recovery drive) to the laptop. It just happened that both of the laptops were Toshiba x855 series (one a L855, my aunts a S855). I guess the hardware are almost the same, so it Recovery Disks worked for both. I then download and installed drivers from the Toshiba website just in case the hardware was different. For some reason under the system properties, it still showed the model number of my aunt computer.

Just for curiosity, I made a recovery drive USB of my tablet (ASUS T100). I then copied/replaced the recovery files of the bad HD to the USB drive. It worked and made it like it was when it was bought.
 

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I ended up using my aunts recovery disks (she didn't make a recovery drive) to the laptop. It just happened that both of the laptops were Toshiba x855 series (one a L855, my aunts a S855). I guess the hardware are almost the same, so it Recovery Disks worked for both. I then download and installed drivers from the Toshiba website just in case the hardware was different. For some reason under the system properties, it still showed the model number of my aunt computer.

Just for curiosity, I made a recovery drive USB of my tablet (ASUS T100). I then copied/replaced the recovery files of the bad HD to the USB drive. It worked and made it like it was when it was bought.
The System Info information was likely entered with a script or reg file during the install. The one that was used was written for the other PC. I do it with reg files on my PC's. here's the one I use on my laptop.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation]
"Model"="K75DE"
"Logo"="C:\\windows\\ASUS\\ASUSLOGO.bmp"
"Manufacturer"="ASUSTeK Computer Inc."
"SupportURL"="ASUS"
 

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System One

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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    Asus
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    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
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    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
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    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
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    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
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    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
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    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
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    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2