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GOING CRAZY. STUMPED. Booting into hidden recovery partition HELP

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Climbing the walls trying to figure this out, and im not a computer expert and googling for the past 5 hours isn't helping.


Its very simple and i'm sure it can be done, so someone may be able to give me a hand.

I have a C drive and D drive on my Alienware m11x. The D drive is the recovery partition which I did not touch, and I can see from storage manager, but is hidden in "My Computer". I want to restore to factory settings using the recovery partition but I cannot because when I installed windows 7 professional clean, it somehow wiped something out.

Alienware has a software called AlienRespawn which is a recovery and backup software. I got it, installed it and ran it. And when you click "recover to factory settings" it restarts the computer and boots into the clean install windows system restore menu, which is NOT what i want. It's as if my computer can't see or connect to the hidden partition.


I dont have a cd drive, and i never got recovery disks from alienware so is there ANY WAY POSSIBLE, to somehow force my computer to boot from the D drive or find it or whatever. I installed EasyBCD bootloader and have no idea what to do.


ANY assistance appreciated. I need it back to factory settings!
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Might have wiped it out depending on what happened when you installed W7.

Any particular reason you can't just install Windows and the drivers you need, instead?
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It sounds like one of those "recovery partitions" that they throw onto OEM machines that is just an extra partition on the main hard drive.

If it was a part of the main hard drive, when you re-installed W7 on your computer, it wiped the whole hard drive, destroying that partition.
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Kudos to you for doing a clean install when you got it, but I think your recovery partition is wiped. Try, hmm, "acquiring" a copy of Win7 and install it from a USB stick:
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/
You will need to use software to mount the ISO as a virtual drive since you don't have a disk.
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Thanks guys. Well the reason I need it exactly as factory setting is because for some weird and very odd reason, after that clean install, my battery life completely got really bad and my switchable graphics (hybrid graphics for the m11x between intel integrated and NVIDIA GT335m) got messed up.

I actually have a USB stick that is bootable to reinstall windows (which is what I did in the first place to do the clean install) but I was hoping that a factory default will fix this graphics card/battery issue.


It is the OEM partition on the harddrive but they made it into a separate drive so I did not wipe it out. I dont think. I can still see the partition listed under Computer Management >Disk management and its about 15gb but I just cant access it because I think when I did the windows 7 clean install, it rewrote the MBR. I'm trying to figure out a way to get INTO the hidden partition, try to find a boot.iso to make a bootable USB again, or somehow use a bootloader like easyBCD to get the computer to recognize the hidden partition as a bootable drive.

So far no luck!


Unless of course any of you guys can help point out why my battery life and graphics has gone to hell after that last clean install.
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Just go into Disk Management assign it a drive letter and it'll show up in my computer.
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Originally Posted by Relevant Wing View Post
Just go into Disk Management assign it a drive letter and it'll show up in my computer.
I just did that, thanks. It showed up in my computer. Now, when I enter it, theres one folder and an XML document. The folder is called "Recovery" and when I click it it says "ALienware recovery blah blah, do not make any changes" and theres no way i can access it or see any files. Used easy BCD to boot from it but there was an error saying theres no winload.exe file.
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