Not even all HPs work as you experienced. I've got 3 of them here , 2 with
recovery partitions and one from before they started using them. Running the
destructive recovery mode from disc puts all of them back to factory
original condition, including the recovery partition. The non-destructive
recovery mode only reinstalls the OS and software, leaving everything else
(partitions, user files etc. ) intact. Other than choosing between recovery
modes there wasn't much else to select during the actual recovery process. A
given HP recovery set might be used with several different models, including
some with completely different motherboard chipsets and installed hardware.
Judging by the number and type of ghost drivers that were installed in my
first HP, I got the impression that the original OS/software installation
had been imaged from a harddrive configured in one of those other models
(with Intel chipset rather than VIA) and cloned from that onto harddrives
designated for use in all the relevant models.
"Curious" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Thank you for correcting my post.
> I apparently misunderstood the OP's post since he did have his recovery
> partition recreated. Also since the one time I had to use recovery DVDs
> made from the recovery partition on my sons HP PC the install did not
> exactly duplicate the original factory installation since it gave us lots
> of options as to what features to install so I assumed that all vendor's
> recovery DVD(s) worked the same way.
> "Mike Torello" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> "Curious" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>The recovery DVD is used to recover when you have to replace your disk
>>>or to reinstall if you deleted the recovery partition. It does not also
>>>reinstall itself on your HDD. since you no longer need it on the HDD
>>>you have it on DVD if you again need to reinstall.
>> You're grossly mistaken (like, who's surprised?).
>> Using the recovery DVD leaves the computer the same as it was the day
>> it was removed from its packing. Thus, it does "reinstall itself", so
>> to speak, in that the hidden recovery partition and the means to
>> access it during bootup are reestablished.
>>>"jimb11 via WindowsKB.com" <u25693@uwe> wrote in message
>>>> I messed up my registry and had to reformat. I went to my recovery
>>>> but could not use it. So I used my recovery dvd but the recovery
>>>> missing. So I just reinstall vista without any of the crap software
>>>> with it. Now I don't mind not having any of that crap software on my
>>>> but I don't like not having the recovery partition available. I thought
>>>> if I used the recovery dvd that would have restored the recovery
>>>> but it didn't. I mean I can see my recovery partition but the emachine
>>>> recovery console is missing so I can't access it. How do I get my
>>>> partition back. In other words how do I get my computer back to it's
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