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Need some technical help from those who think they know all about computers

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by virus_1720, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. virus_1720

    virus_1720 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hello guys,
    I am having a bit of a problem.

    I bought a computer preinstalled with vista 32 bit last year. I got tired of windows vista after a while and installed windows 7. It got corrupted so I installed the copy again. Now I have an HP pavilion DV5 - 1201AU and its D drive was loaded with the recovery file. I want to go back to vista again but cannot perform the system recovery.

    The D drive does not show the recovery files anymore but the space used is equivalent to the recovery files i.e its 10GB and only 1.23GB is free but when I open the drive up there are no files in it. What could be the problem?
    Is there a way I can get my recovery files back?
     
  2. Kharis

    Kharis Regular Member

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    Is there an option to go to the recovery when you boot the machine up? For HP's it's usually F11, hit it as soon as you see the bios screen and it should take you to the recovery centre.

    If you have somehow corrupted the recovery partition then the best thing to do is find an OEM copy of vista that matches your license sticker and then download the drivers from HP website. You can also order recovery DVD's from HP but that costs money :(

    Hope that helps
     
  3. afguy

    afguy Newbie

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    Have you tried this:

    Code:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-71292-1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3864513&os=2093&lang=en
    If I understand correctly, you have Win7 installed currently, correct? The above file is for Vista, but should work. Also, like Kharis said above, you could get a hold of an oem Vista disc and it should also work. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.
     
  4. virus_1720

    virus_1720 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I can order the recovery disks if I need them for under $20. Is there a way to recover data for the corrupted partition?
     
  5. Kharis

    Kharis Regular Member

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    you could possibly try using an os that boots from cd or usb to try and get to the files you can try this one
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    http://www.ntfs.com/boot-disk.htm
    just use the trial to get done what you need or there are a few linux based ones as well
     
  6. godmonkee

    godmonkee Regular Member

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    You will need the recovery discs, when you recover the computer there are tools to get back all the data you lost, but because the way things are written to hard drive, then chances are you will lose a lot of it.

    I know it sucks it happened to me, I had 3000 of pictures on my hdd and l lost over half of them.