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06-13-2016 02:35 PM
I have just bought my HP Pavilion and wanted to create recovery disk and I can not do it. I followed the instructions and I could not do it. I know it can be done just once. I bought laptop with Windows 10. how can i find out it was done before as the laptop was bought new but second hand. so someone could use it before. I am very angry that i can not do it. it happened to me before that i did not create recovery disk for my last laptop and it was very costly to get it fixed when i needed to reinstall system. is there any other way to do it?
I would be very grateful if you could help.
06-13-2016 04:31 PM
Unfortunately for you, HP designs their PC so that only the original purchaser has the option to create HP recovery media.
Since you bought it second hand, and it appears that function has already been used, you are not offered that function.
But ... do not despair!
A much better (IMHO) alternative is to use a third party product known as Macrium Reflect to create Recovery Media.
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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06-14-2016 01:40 AM