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Re-create recovery partition...is it possible

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Hello Experts,
I had a major Hard Drive crash on my SONY VGN-SZ notebook, and after a lot of work (and money) they managed to recover the data from that HD. On the crashed HD there was a recovery partition, and they also managed to save the data from that partition. My question is, how do I re-create this partition on my new HD? What should be the file format etc? Name? Order on current HD (first?). I would like to get it working so that when I press F10 at startup I find the possibility to run VAIO System recovery (wich I do but when choosing this I receive a NO RECOVERY partition found Error Message)  Is this possible?

Thank You in advance..
-HF
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by:rindi
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This is different from manufacturer to manufacturer. Usually it is the first primary partition and use fat16 or fat32, sometimes it is also a special filesystem type which shows up as Compaq or EISA partition.

Usually the best way to get the recovery partition installed, is to get recovery media from the manufacturer. Normally that media doesn't cost much, you'd just have to provide them with the model number and serial number and tell them the situation. The recovery DVD's or CD's then first create that partition and afterwards you install the PC from that.
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by:hakanfa
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Hello,
thank you for swift answer..but..
1) is it possible for one to make a EISA partition? (i'm not sure but i think it was EISA)
2) sony bill 75$ to send me the DVD:s and I have the media already.. just don't know how to use it..
3) anyone who knows if it's possible to create recovery DVD:s from the media of Recovery partition..?

Thank You,
-HF
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If you have the media, normally you just boot the PC with the DVD and then you should be guided through the process. Otherwise the best way is to make an image of the partition from your old HD, then restore that image to the new PC. This should create the same partition as the original was. The best utility for imaging is bootit-ng, and the trial version works without problems.

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by:hakanfa
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Hello "rindi",
I'll give it a shot. The problem is that I have the data on an USB drive. The original HD was sent to IBAS in Norway for an advanced data recovery operation, and all recovered data was sent to me on an USB drive. This means that I actually do not know the original file system and neither the order etc. The mount of data is 14GB so it will not fit on one DVD. Does bootit-ng manage EISA partitions?

-HF
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by:rindi
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If you can copy an image from the original HD then bootit-ng would work, but if you can't copy it from the original HD you won't have the original partition.

The recovery partition usually includes all the software for the installation. normally things are compressed on the recovery DVD and that compressed data gets extracted when it goes on the PC, so it would use more space than on the DVD. But I don't know the system used by sony so I don't know whether that DVD will restore the partition.
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by:hakanfa
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Hello Rindi,
sorry for late acceptance.. But, with a lot of work and with help of bootit-ng I managed to get a working solution on this. Once again, sorry for delayd acceptance!

-Hokki
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Your welcome.
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