Tripredacus, on Apr 3 2009, 02:32 PM, said:
Well let's look at the problem now. You've pulled off a full recovery. The original problem was you couldn't get to the recovery and couldn't make the discs. So now we are at the point where you need to make the discs? Or, wait you did say that you lost your function key after doing a recovery?
I want to make sure I understand exactly what is needed at this point. If you can get into the recovery partition, you do not need to use my steps at all.
I'll restate everything to make sure everybody understands everything:
1-Everything works perfectly
2-Executed RecoveryDisk creation but didn't burn the dvds
3-Installed PM --> Recovery partition became invisible.
4-Installed HP tool --> Recovery partition became visible.
5-RecoveryDisk creation software doesn't work (The recovery partition could not be found) & the F11 function key became disabled.
6-Tried some programs to undo all of this.[Acronis,EasyBCD,MBRInst,..]With no +ve results.
7-Used F8(advanced boot loader) to apply a full system recovery, which was done perfectly except an error about MBR--> "MBR string is too long 30 bytes.It should be 16 bytes"
8-Tried the F11 function --> still doesn't work.
9-RecoveryDisk creation software still doesn't work (The recovery partition could not be found)
My condition now:
10-can perform a full sytem recovery using F8(advanced boot loader) then "Repair my computer" then "Recovery manager"
11- F11 at start up doesn't make the recovery manager begin ( as before in 1)
12-can't create recovery disks because of the error message (The recovery partition could not be found)
I think that both [11 &12] are related to the MBR. So if I could fix the MBR as it was before, the f11 will work & the SoftThinks software will see the partition as a recovery partition. [and that's all what I need]
-If fixing MBR fixed  and didn't fix  then the HP technican was right about the one-time execution, so I'll order the recovery disks.
-If fixing MBR fixed  and didn't fix  I'll be satisfied.
-If fixing MBR didn't fix anything -----> I GIVE UP.
-If fixing MBR made things worse.....I'll format the whole harddisk and install windows XP.
Tools that I have:
13- MBRInst.exe & DiskPart.exe & Patch.cmd &other .cmd &.exe files that exist in the boot partition.
14- can read any log file
15- can access any partition through cmd prompt in system recovery options [ from F8 & repair my computer]
I hope that this gives you all a pretty good picture on my current situation.
This post has been edited by ahmad2080: 03 April 2009 - 03:18 PM