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    I really hope you made an error when selecting "Show hidden files and folders" because if that's ALL that is on your RECOVERY partition, I think it's done.  The files that are there are probably the only ones it can do without!  I was expecting a listing a little more like this (this is the RECOVERY partition for my HP m7680 desktop):



    You can see that the only non-hidden folder (the hidden files/folders have misty icons) is named "recovery" which is also the only one I see in your listing.  There are likely two reasons this may be: 1–You didn't get the setting for showing hidden files changed, and "recovery" is the only non-hidden folder there and we are only seeing non-hidden items; 2–You copied/moved the contents of the RECOVERY partition some time in the past, with hidden files not visible, and the only item that got copied/moved was the non-hidden folder named "recovery."

    I trust that you set your Folder Options correctly, but just in case, here's a screenshot of mine:



    Make sure that the highlighted item, and the last two items visible in the picture above, are set just as shown above.  If the results are the same, you don't need to include another screenshot...though, I am curious as to how much disk space is used on your RECOVERY partition.  As you can see in my first screenshot, the used space on my RECOVERY partition is about 8.87 GB.
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I believe that I did make a mistake and here is all that I could find that was hidden.


And my recovery disk space.

Edited by TehKnighTRiDeR - 5/1/13 at 6:39am
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    Ah, that looks much better; the reason there are fewer files than in my listing is because yours uses the newer boot method.  If you look closely, however, you'll see that your recovery data is using 20.96 GB, which is quite a bit more than my 8.87 GB!  I'm going to have you try a different method to add HP Recovery to your boot menu.  From the screenshots it looks like you're using Windows 7 again; thus I will assume that 7 is your current OS for the rest of this post.  If you have a Windows 7 startup disk, boot from it and select "Repair your computer."  This should take us to a place where we can enter the command we will execute next.  If you want to see this step by step, look here.  You will be executing steps 1 through 6 on the pages at that link.  At that point, we will deviate; click "Command Prompt" on the Startup Recovery Options menu.

    If you don't have a Windows 7 installation disk, you can create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc that can also accomplish what we need.  To do this, open "Start\All Programs\Maintenance\Create a System Repair Disc" and follow the steps in the wizard.  Details on how to do this can be found here.

    Now that you've opened the command prompt from Startup Repair, type (without the quotes) "bootrec /rebuildbcd" and press [Enter].  The hope is that that it will find your HP recovery partition in a minute or so.  When it is done, it should ask something like this:
Code:
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 1
[1]  E:\boot (or something like this)
Add installation to boot list? Yes<Y>/No<N>/All<A>:
Y

    Press [Y] for "Yes, add this to my list of operating systems."  When it is complete, type "exit" and then click "Restart".  After rebooting, don't press any keys when it asks you "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD..." so that it boots into Windows.
    You can see a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this here.  Warning: In that tutorial, don't execute steps 5–9; we are not rebuilding your BCD, we are only trying to add another OS (your HP recovery environment) to your BCD.

    My hope is that "bootrec" will detect your HP recovery partition, and add it to the list automatically when you answer "Y"; and that it will successfully boot recovery when you select it on the boot menu (which should come up immediately after the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD..." message disappears).  Let me know particularly if "bootrec" doesn't find anything:
Code:
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 0
The operation completed successfully.

    I really hope this works, because otherwise we'll have to find what you or I did wrong with the manual procedure!  redface.gif
 
Edited by Techie007 - 7/27/16 at 12:30pm
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    Ah, that looks much better; the reason there are fewer files than in my listing is because yours uses the newer boot method.  If you look closely, however, you'll see that your recovery data is using 20.96 GB, which is quite a bit more than my 8.87 GB!  I'm going to have you try a different method to add HP Recovery to your boot menu.  From the screenshots it looks like you're using Windows 7 again; thus I will assume that 7 is your current OS for the rest of this post.  If you have a Windows 7 startup disk, boot from it and select "Repair your computer."  This should take us to a place where we can enter the command we will execute next.  If you want to see this step by step, look here.  You will be executing steps 1 through 6 on the pages at that link.  At that point, we will deviate; click "Command Prompt" on the Startup Recovery Options menu.

    If you don't have a Windows 7 installation disk, you can create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc that can also accomplish what we need.  To do this, open "Start\All Programs\Maintenance\Create a System Repair Disc" and follow the steps in the wizard.  Details on how to do this can be found here.

    Now that you've opened the command prompt from Startup Repair, type (without the quotes) "bootrec /rebuildbcd" and press [Enter].  The hope is that that it will find your HP recovery partition in a minute or so.  When it is done, it should ask something like this:
Code:
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 1
[1]  E:\boot (or something like this)
Add installation to boot list? Yes<Y>/No<N>/All<A>:
Y

    Press [Y] for "Yes, add this to my list of operating systems."  When it is complete, type "exit" and then click "Restart".  After rebooting, don't press any keys when it asks you "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD..." so that it boots into Windows.
    You can see a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this here.  Warning: In that tutorial, don't execute steps 5–9; we are not rebuilding your BCD, we are only trying to add another OS (your HP recovery environment) to your BCD.

    My hope is that "bootrec" will detect your HP recovery partition, and add it to the list automatically when you answer "Y"; and that it will successfully boot recovery when you select it on the boot menu (which should come up immediately after the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD..." message disappears).  Let me know particularly if "bootrec" doesn't find anything:
Code:
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 0
The operation completed successfully.

    I really hope this works, because otherwise we'll have to find what you or I did wrong with the manual procedure!  redface.gif
 

Sorry for the late reply my home internet connection is causing problems so I have to reply to you from a library so I was saying that it will take almost 2-3 weeks to set my net so please keep checking this thread every day and will tell you about this new method you gave me.
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    The thread is in my "subscriptions" list, so I should be notified (as I was this time) when you post again.  That said, if I fail to respond in a day or two, feel free to PM me to get my attention.  smile.gif
    Wishing you well with your home Internet connection and "bootrec /rebuildbcd"
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Dear Sir

I have similar problem to what has been mentioned in this thread, My HP 8470P with win 7 , can not recognize the HP Recovery partition by F11
My partitions are as follows:
C:
D:\ HP recovery
E:\ HP Tools
in your procedure following lines are not successful:

C:\windows\system32>bcdedit /set {7c153845-b73d-11e3-900a-d2f0bf1554fc} device r
amdisk=E:\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
The device is not valid as specified.
Run "bcdedit /?" for command line assistance.
The parameter is incorrect.

C:\windows\system32>bcdedit /set {7c153845-b73d-11e3-900a-d2f0bf1554fc} osdevice
ramdisk=E:\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
The device is not valid as specified.
Run "bcdedit /?" for command line assistance.
The parameter is incorrect.

The last solution also went wrong as below:
C:\windows\system32>bootrec /rebuildbcd
'bootrec' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

C:\windows\system32>
post #17 of 20
    Based on the "C:\" prompt, it looks like you're trying those commands from within Windows.  The bootrec command needs to be run from the Windows Recovery Environment present on a System Repair or Windows Setup disc.  You should have an "X:\" prompt.  Please carefully reread post #13 and follow the instructions to create a Windows System Repair disc.  Boot from that disc, and try the bootrec command (also detailed in post #13) again.
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Dear Friend

Thanks for your reply, What I have said earlier was regarding post Number 4 , at least for following lines in which you have mentioned should be done in Win 7 environment:

C:\windows\system32>bcdedit /set {7c153845-b73d-11e3-900a-d2f0bf1554fc} device r
amdisk=E:\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
The device is not valid as specified.
Run "bcdedit /?" for command line assistance.
The parameter is incorrect.

C:\windows\system32>bcdedit /set {7c153845-b73d-11e3-900a-d2f0bf1554fc} osdevice
ramdisk=E:\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
The device is not valid as specified.
Run "bcdedit /?" for command line assistance.
The parameter is incorrect.

Regarding post number 13 , I did try again now and it can not find any:
Total identified Windows installations: 0

Recently before facing this problem I did 2 things:
1) I have attempted to upgrade to win 10 , from win 7, but I have changed my mind and have recovered all of my partitions by Norton Ghost to its original content as before as attempting to mentioned
upgrade
2) I have upgraded BIOS , which is not reversible as HP says , this update was not reversible.
post #19 of 20
    Perhaps it would be easier to forget about booting the recovery partition, and see if you can create recovery media instead from within Windows.  In Windows 7's All Programs menu, look for the HP Recovery software and see what it can do.  If you can create recovery media (usually 2–4 DVDs or an 8–16 GB USB flash drive), you won't have to worry about the recovery partition anymore and could actually remove it.  Any time you wish to execute a factory reset, just insert the first recovery disc (or recovery USB drive) and boot from it.
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Dear Sir

I have created a repair system disk which is only one 4.7 GB DVD , which does not seem can recreate 20 GB recovery partition but I could boot from it, and if I make the recovery partition D: as active in Win 7, it finds my recovery partition as attached, however it says it will add it to Boot BCD and makes a backup of old BCD on drive C, but still, pressing F11 does not bring me to even error page and it boots to directly to Win 7.
Please correct me if I am wrong, I can see all hidden system files on HP Recovery partition, but as I have updated BIOS to a version which is not reversible, F11 key does not direct laptop to recovery partition D, is the BIOS update the cause of problem? as I have recovered all partitions by Norton Ghost to original, the only change that I can not reverse is BIOS, Is there any way to edit BIOS to modify the way it reacts to F11? when we update Bios it loose its information to locate recovery partition D?

Thanks for your kind attention.

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