06-23-2016 05:40 AM - edited 06-23-2016 05:41 AM
I purchased an HP Pavilion ab516TX a few days ago.
I just went through the instruction guide for the HP Recovery Media Creation Tool. The guide recommends that the recovery media be created soon after purchasing your laptop.
The thing is, I have already partitioned the "C" Drive to create one more drive. I haven't touched the Recovery Drive ("D" Drive), though.
Now, my question is this: Does the partitioning of the C Drive mean that I will not be able to create a recovery media? Or is it nothing to worry about?
Please note that the guide only mentions that the "D" Drive should not be modified in any way; it says nothing about the "C" Drive.
If the partitioning is a problem here, will it help to revert to the original disk configuration by simply merging this new drive with the "C" Drive?
I would be really grateful if anyone could suggest the recommeded course of action at this point, especially considering that the recovery media can be created only once.
PS: Here's the link to the instruction guide: http://support.hp.com/my-en/document/c03481733. Note that this guide is meant for Windows 8 laptops. I couldn't find a similar guide for Windows 10. Is there a separate guide for Windows 10?
06-23-2016 06:49 AM
If you DID create recovery media using the HP tool, and if you DID use it, and it worked -- the first thing it does is completely reformat your hard drive, restoring the parition layout to the original scheme. This would basically erase everything you have done.
If you want recovery media for the current state of the PC, I recommend a third-party product known as Macrium Reflect.
Macrium Reflect (MR) provides a FREE version that can be used to image and restore partitions or entire drives.
What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)
2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive or USB stick
3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD
My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.
I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 10 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore.
Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinRE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!
NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive or USB stick in only a few minutes.
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06-23-2016 09:01 PM
I think it's OK to create a recovery media using Hp recovery media creation tool from current situation. The only difference is that once you have a system restore from this media in the furture, the restored C partition is the one what it displays now but not the one before a new partition created from it. Anyhow, there is nothing influence the system.
And, in case it fails, you can use a third party tool, like AOMEI OneKey Recovery to create a recovery media.
06-23-2016 09:37 PM - edited 06-23-2016 09:47 PM
Not sure if HP Recovery Manager is any smarter in Windows 10 version than past vesrions. In earlier versions- yes an extra partition has tripped it up. I guess it is confused by the partitions not being as expected and can't find the Recovery partition to draw the files from. No harm in trying it I guess- it shoud just give you a error message and allow you to close out. You could then merge the partition as suggested above and try to create it again.
As suggested also-Macrium Reflect Free is a good software that I use. It will restore the hdd with any personal files, programs,etc where Recovery Media returns the hdd to Factory. Personally I like to use both.
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