How to creat recovery partition with recovery image in vista to restore the system

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by nisar6788, Sep 23, 2009.

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    nisar6788 Guest

    I want to create a recovery partition on my windows Vista laptop. Prett
    much i want to be pompted when the pc boots to hit f10 and have a coun
    down of 10 seconds . I know this would be done through boot.ini howeve
    i have no idea how to do so. Also id make a seperate partition on my h
    of ten gigs just for the backup image. if someone could help me.... I
    appreciate it. Thank
     
    nisar6788, Sep 23, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    The kind of recovery you are referring to is generally done by manufacturers
    by placing an image on the disk to begin with. What you would need to do is
    look at imaging software that will create a "picture" of the system as it is
    at a given moment in time and allow you to store this on a separate volume
    where you can later restore from. It wouldn't be done via boot.ini, but
    rather through some mechanism of the recovery software that you choose.
    There are many available, here is one example:
    http://www.terabyteinc.com/image-for-windows.htm
     
    Rick Rogers, Sep 23, 2009
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    Al Guest

    To add to Rick's response - the message to hit a "F" key to restore is
    created by a MBR (Master Boot Record) modification. Consider a backup
    imaging program, such as Acronis, which will not only create a restore
    partition but also can be scheduled to keep he restore image current.
     
    Al, Sep 23, 2009
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    Al Guest

    Programs (OEMs) that create recovery partitions modify the MBR (Master
    boot record) to provide the function restore option - backing up the
    recovery partition to another drive does not change the MBR modification -
    in fact deleting the recovery partition does not remove the modification,
    which is why OEMs provide a utility to do so if users desire to recover the
    partition space by moving the recovery image to removable media.

    A backup utility, such as Acronis will create a recovery partition, modify
    the MBR and keep the image current - in addition you can create images on
    external media - a must if your recovery partition is located on the
    system/boot drive since loss of the drive also means loss of the recovery
    partition.
     
    Al, Sep 23, 2009
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    nisar6788 Guest

    Dear AL Thanks. Since the dell inspiron 1525 with the recovery partitio
    D created by the dell company, with restoring command of hitting F8,
    managed to to have an exact copy of recovery drive on external har
    drive. will you help me to understand how to restore my system from th
    recovery partition availiable in external hard drive insted of recover
    partition D (internal hard drive
     
    nisar6788, Sep 24, 2009
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    John Galt Guest

    I am sure that is not possible.
     
    John Galt, Sep 24, 2009
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    theog Guest

    Hi nisar6788

    One thing you need to know is the letter name of your Vista Recovery
    Partition (NOT Dell Recovery Partition). In my case it was "E".

    The procedure is as follows

    (1) Boot to WinRE using the Dell Vista DVD, i.e. <F12> etc.
    (2) After Windows loads, select language/keyboard options and click on
    next.
    (3) On Install Windows menu select "Repair your computer".
    (4) on System Recovery Options menu select "Next".
    (5) On System Recovery Options menu click on "Command Prompt".
    (6) Type "path e:\windows;e:\windows\system32" and press <ENTER> key.
    (7) Type "e:" and press <ENTER> key.
    (8) Type "cd tools" and press <ENTER> key.
    (9) Type "PCRestore" and press <ENTER> key and Dell Factory Image
    Restore window will appear.
    (10) Click on "Next" and Confirm Data Deletion dialog will appear.
    (11) Place a "check mark" beside "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore
    system software to factory condition" for the final confirmation and
    click on "Next" when ready. Note: The restoration process takes
    approximately 10 to 15 minutes, the format bar will run back and forth.
    (12) Click "Finish" to reboot system!
     
    theog, Sep 24, 2009
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