Would creating recovery disc disable recovery partition

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Randem, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Randem

    Randem Guest

    Randem, Jun 3, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Not in most proprietary systems. Creation of the recovery disk set has no
    effect on the recovery partition other than allowing the user to remove it
    afterward if they like.
    Rick Rogers, Jun 3, 2009
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  3. One of my systems did not let me create a second set of DVDs, with an
    explicit error message... I have a Sony and an HP, but I forgot which one
    said that. I only tried it on one, so the other might do the same. Or not.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 9, 2009
  4. Theoretically, only 1 set of recovery disks is allowed. If you're
    persistent, you will Google and discover this limitaion is for the lazy
    people who don't learn, so you will discover you can make unlimited number
    of backups but you're only allowed to use them on that particular machine
    and I am not sure why would you need multiples when you can simply disk copy
    to a 2nd set of DDVD's if you're so afraid of losing/damaging origianl
    recovery disk set?

    As of Harddisk recovery partition, no I don't think it's affected. I
    personally don't care for either, as I am a "poweruser" and recover systems
    without such silly recovery tricks.
    I've a retail Vista disk, and used to own XP but lost; all I need is the
    Windows disk + goto laptop manufactur3er's website to get latest drivers +
    go BEYOND laptop system manufacturer to specific devices, e.g. I found a
    proper Video driver for my GeForceGo7600 at NVidia website instead of HP
    website who made my laptop.

    HP site was wrong, I don't trust even people who made my computer because
    they;re all humans and most ar eless educated than me, or spent fewer years
    doing computers.
    So i am one of those who dont care for Recovery disks or partition. Can
    deal with disasters without it and end up with latest drivers, while you end
    up woth OBSOLETE crap when usingf recovery disks.

    But anyway, I dont think harddisk recovery function is defeated after making
    recovery disks, though not 100% sure.
    Why don't you open Windows Explorer and see if that recovery partition is
    used, full or released/empty for you rusage?

    I killed it. I needed that 9Gigabyte space it was wasting.
    Mark Levitski, Jun 9, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Gene,

    HP systems only allow for the creation of a single set of recovery disks
    (though there is a method to unlock and redo it if necessary), however this
    has no bearing on the recovery partition. The latter can still be used for
    reinstalling to factory state after creation of the disks. The disks are
    used in the event of a hard drive failure.
    Rick Rogers, Jun 9, 2009
  6. Randem

    GSalisbury Guest


    Just in case I need to (or feel the need to<g>) create another set of
    recovery disks, where might I find the "method to unlock and redo"?

    Geo. Salisbury
    Long Valley, NJ
    GSalisbury, Jun 9, 2009
  7. As usual Registry modification does the trick, Google for it, you may spend
    hours but WHY?
    Why not make a disk-to-disk copy of your 1st set? Using DVD mastering
    application most people have (I use Sonic - who inherited StompRecordZow,
    which is superior to Nero; many people would mention Nero, etc).

    I dont even bother with Recovery as it throws you back into stone age, back
    to original unupdated drivers.
    I reinstall CLEAN frm operating system disk, also I recommend Symantec

    But if you insist on making multiple copies, Google for the solution,
    there's a key that tells HP latops to make 1 recovery set, you can change it
    to whatever or remove the key, something to that effect.
    I dont think people here will Google and spend time for you.... but who
    Mark Levitski, Jun 9, 2009
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    mazorj Guest

    Easy. Search on HP recovery disk reset and among others you get

    This was just one of the first off the top of the lengthy list of
    google hits. It won't work if you've already done a recovery from
    your first set of recovery DVDs but it's a simple .exe file, no
    mucking around in Registry keys.

    I haven't tried it yet but I will get around to running a second set
    later. For reasons cited by others here, it's not a bad idea to make
    a new set from scratch. Just be sure to do it before you have
    occasion to perform a recovery from your first DVD set. And as always
    before using anything that changes settings under the hood, have a
    recent file back-up or run one, then create a restore point before
    running the download.
    mazorj, Jun 9, 2009
  9. To you and Mark: I was only discussing the limitation on the creation of
    the DVD set...It never crossed my mind that the recovery partition would be
    disabled after making backup discs, and in fact I have since booted to both
    partitions a time or two just for fun (out of curiosity & for verifying its
    availability). Besides, I think it would be crazy of the mfr to disable the
    partition after backing it up. What if the B/U failed? In fact, what if my
    drive dies and then I find out the B/U is no good? I'd learn how nice the
    mfr is, I guess.

    On my HP, when I got it, the recovery partition was shown as D:. I went to
    Disk Management pretty quickly and turned off the drive letter (in order to
    help keep me out of trouble). BTW, Acronis 9 changed the recovery partition
    from invisible to D: on my other machine. I had some trouble fixing that,
    and I no longer have Acronis on my machines.

    I thought of making a disk copy of the DVD set, but after taking my pulse I
    decided I wasn't paranoid enough to need to do that. That's probably
    easier...or else harder...than searching for an unlocker (but that's a good
    idea, Mark!).

    My main reason for making the DVD set was in case of HD failure, but, among
    other anecdotes, I just read a post a few minutes ago by someone who erased
    his recovery partition, mostly as a result of a set of complicated
    transactions - odd behavior of software - that misled him into that action
    (I have lost track of the post - it's somewhere in another NG, I think...).
    Even I could accomplish something like that :)
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 10, 2009
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