08-16-2010 06:30 AM
I recently purchased a g62 laptop and immediately created the recovery disks - 3 dvds.
i then shrunk the C partition and added a new "data" partition, but what i didnt realize is that in the process i converted the disks to type "dynamic". this happened because there where already 4 partitions and i added a 5th. I am not sure that i want to use dynamic disks at this time, I use ghost to backup partitions and dont know if it will work properly.
So now i wonder, if i use the recovery disks that i created, will it refresh the laptop to factory settings including the original partitions types and sizes?
08-16-2010 10:25 AM
Great question, I would like to know also. I just bought the same model.
I made a full disk image of my hard drive before I booted it for the first time, so I have a virgin copy of the entire drive.
I do this for every system when I buy it, first thing I do is remove the hard drive and connect it to another PC using a USB adapter and image the drive using Acronis.
08-17-2010 05:28 AM
I restored last night and my laptop was put back to its factory settings - exactly. All the partitions were recreated. now my question is which of the partitions i can drop so i can create one of my own.
08-17-2010 07:01 AM
Here are what the partitions are
1. Windows Recovery Environment (Hidden from explorer but not disk management) 200mb
2. Operating System
3. HP recovery partition 12+ gb
4. HP diagnostics 103mb
The only one worth recovering space for is #3, the only down side for removing this is if you need to recover and the recovery discs are damaged somehow then you cannot recover your PC at all.
I would make ISO files of the recovery DVDs, this way if a disc goes bad, you can burn another one. Store the iso files on another hard drive.
08-29-2010 03:14 PM
I just upgraded my G62 with a new larger blank hard drive, used the recovery disks to reinstall, it put all 4 partitions back just like they were on the original hard drive. Be sure to enable the wireless before starting the install process, use Alt + F12 to do this, the light on the F12 key should be green.
The entire process of reinstalling from recovery disks took about 1hr 15 minutes.
09-05-2010 01:21 PM
I burnt the recovery dvds * 4, on the g62-a01sa
I used them, as above the process took about 75mins,
On reboot, the laptop could not find a bootable system.
I have also had the same problem with the toshiba cq62, a very similar laptop.
Luckily i have a windows 7 64bit install disc, so installed that.
As anyone else had the same problem, or know what the error was caused by?
09-05-2010 03:34 PM
Im not sure of the exact message, but its the one line message that comes up when no bootable drive/cd is found, and the systems asks you to insert boot device and press any key.
09-05-2010 06:26 PM
Yes i suppose.
To be honest though, i prefer my laptop as it is with a vanilla install of windows 7 which i can mod how i want it, avoiding all the crap bundled software, which i dont need.
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