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HP Notebook: The recovery partition could not be found

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#201
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Tripredacus,

I've made some advances since my last post. I've been able to get F11 to boot into the recovery partition. However, I'm still not able to boot because of the BOOTMGR problem. I think the last issue for me to resolve is to be able to get the recovery partition to boot the winre.wim file. I'm new at this kind of thing and still haven't figured out how to boot the wim image. I've been thinking that maybe the best strategy is to mount the image and copy the files over to the recovery partition and then use BCD to start windows recovery environment.

Any thoughts? As I said, I'm very new and don't have good grasp of most of this stuff yet so any insight will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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If I may, you are using a "proprietary" undocumented method to create your own recovery partition.

It would seem to me far easier to use properly documented available tools instead.

Besides the Terabyte MBR, there is mbldr, which you may want to try, some initial reference is here:
http://www.msfn.org/...c=131620&st=105

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You are getting this problem because when you press F11, it sets the recovery partition as being active and you can boot into it. But then you have nothing to set the OS volume to be active when you exit the recovery partition. This is why you are getting the bootmgr error.

For some strange reason, you can actually hide an OS volume, using either MBR, diskpart or other tools, and you can STILL actually start booting into the OS! I'm not sure why this happens. Theoretically, if the volume is hidden you should get a PXE prompt or the standard "no bootable device found" type message. Instead, the bootloaders on both XP and Vista (didn't try 7, no reason to) will actually start, but then realize their drive type is incompatible and toss you a message. Sometimes it is just this bootmgr message, but I have seen XPe actually pop a BSOD when its volume wasn't set to the proper ID.

So when I made my own recovery partition using Terrabyte's MBR program, I had to make sure that the OS volume would get set as active after booting into the recovery partition, so that on a reboot you wouldn't get these types of errors.
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hi
i'm trying to get through all 11 pages, but there is to many post and links that are around my problem, so maybe someone may point me to right pages, post etc. (a straight away answer would be handy as well)
so, the problem is:
1. it's not my laptop (hp pavilion, xp MCE) so I don't know what was installed/run.
2. I'm trying to do full recovery to factory settings
3. pc recovery from windows gives "recovery part could not be found" message
4. f11 starts pc recovery that is trying to make recovery part (it needs cd/DVD disks that weren't done)
5. f8 has no recovery option
6. making recovery part active changes nothing (normal boot to xp)
7. recovery part is visible, I made everything visible on partition using attrib.
any help?

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First thing, if you have the option, CREATE the CD/DVD's.
You were NOT supposed to make partition active, using attrib, etc.
The "partition cannot be found" means, strangely enough ;), that the partition has not been found (this can happen for a number of reasons, among which somethng - even accidental that changed the partition ID or a "tag" file in it or it's volume name, or whatever).

Since you semingly CAN make the CD/DVD,s do them, NOW, it may be your last and ONLY possibility.

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ugh
my english is bad
I CAN'T make cd/DVD
pc recovery suggests to make recovery partiotion FROM cd/DVD (and IS expecting media to be inserted to cd drive)
also
partition was VISIBLE, only files, dirs were hidden.
i've only unhidden files/dirs on visible partition.
seems like ordering cd is my only option?
is this problem with recovery present on newer hp as well?
so first thing after opening box should be making recovery cd/dvd 'cos recovery partition can go south at any time?

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so first thing after opening box should be making recovery cd/dvd 'cos recovery partition can go south at any time?

Yes, guess why at first boots you get a nagging reminder about making the CD/DVD's? (you know the one that pi§§es you off and that you check to never show again?) ;)

Even better than the above would be to buy PC's that come with either "full" software and OS media or with a pre-made recovery media.

And an even better one would be to make yourself an image of the disk.

Back to your problem:

It is possible that the Recovery partition contents are still "OK" (at least before you changed something in it) but *something* minor - but stil needed - has gone beserk, like the actual MBR that loads the partition or the bootsector of the recovery partition or even a small "tag file" somewhere.

No way to know.

Please note that the OP that started this thread had an HP with Vista installed, yours has XP MCE, they "behave" differently as OS, it is probable that also the recovery system partition uses different versions of the tools or different tools altogether.

A good idea would be if you could start a new thread about your issue.

Since your XP is booting allright, it will be easier to get some info.
Provided that your "XP" drive is C:\ and that the "Recovery partition" is D:\, open a command prompt and run in it:
DIR D: /S>C:\HP_MCE.DIR
Compress the resulting file C:\HP_MCE.DIR into a .zip archive and attach the archive to your post.
Additionally get HDhacker:
http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/
and use it to backup the MBR (first sector of \\.\PhysicalDrive) and the bootsectors/PBR of partitions C:\ and D:\ (first sector of each \\.\Logicaldrive).
Also add these three files to the .zip archive.

Maybe with this data we can find the "culprit" or find an alternative way to actually start the recovery process.

As said, a good idea would be - if you have this possibility - to make a full, dd-like image of the whole disk (better be safe than sorry) in order to be able, should things go worse that they are, to get back safely to current situation.

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Even better than the above would be to buy PC's that come with either "full" software and OS media or with a pre-made recovery media.


There's always been a move to switch to the "do it yourself" method of making the recovery media, but that has been compounded by other things. Most recently, a number of Authorized Replicators had closed up shop, leaving only a handful of ones to choose from. This caused the price per disc to jump up considerably! An example is that the price-per-disc cost went up at least $10. So consider how HP or Dell used to use the model to create model specific recovery discs, the never ending product price war and the increased cost to produce recovery media. You can see why systems are coming out with the "do it yourself" method!
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thx guys, unfortunately i don't have time to play around.
but thank You for answers.
I just found out, that win 7 need ultimate version to switch languages.
great stuff from ms as usual. I wonder why people are not switching to Linux, or buying apple comps.
best regards

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Hello..I have notebook HP Compaq CQ45-318TX. I had bought it at 15 August 2009. But i forgot to make CD Recovery. The First, when i want to make Cd Recovery, i get message "The recovery partition could not be found" by Softthink Recovery Manager in my Windows Vista Home Basic. I have read this thread and i didn't find some files likes:
1. MBRinst.exe in folder C:\System.sav\Util
2. MBR.exe and MBRinst.exe in folder C:\windows\SMINST

The Second, when i press F11 for System Recovery my notebook, i'm not get any message. After pressed F11 the boot is to My primay Windows without any message from System Recovery.

After i read all comment in this thread/board admitedly i'm very confused :-(

What should i do?
Can you tell me step by step to solve it?

Edited by mbatory, 14 November 2011 - 05:10 AM.


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What may have caused you to have this message? Have you done anything like try to reinstall the OS, or run any disk tools on it like Partition Magic? Can you go into Windows at all and confirm that the recovery partition is present on the system?
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