How can I fix my Compaq Persaio C700 laptop's recovery partition

Posted on 2009-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
When I use the Recovery Manager from my Start Menu to try to create my set of recovery disk. I got a message: " Cannot access the recovery partition.." something like that. I do have some boot up issue recently after I've my laptop dropped a few times, but I managed to fix it by VIsta's Startup Reapir. Looks like the Startup Repair only fixed the Windows boot up partition but not the Compaq Recovery partition. Is that any way I can fix the recovery partition corruption as well, so that I can access the partition from the Recovery Manager to create my set of recovery disks?
Question by:WoodyChiu
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    Possibly; but if you've had hard drive damage as the result of dropping the laptop (!) then you really ought to get a new hard drive, as your data's at risk.  Hard drives are cheap enough now that it doesn't make sense to continue working with a damaged one.  There's no utility that I know of specifically for fixing recovery partitions, and of course they don't have the normal filesystem, but Spinrite (from ) MIGHT possibly be able to help you here, depending on the nature of the damage.
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    Have you tried test your hard drive with a diagnostic tool to see if it's damaged?
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    Dropping it additional time could fix it LOL =)))))
    That was a joke. But taking it seriously, I guess that problem is not in Recovery partition but in the physical state of HDD or HDD controller on motherboard. Bring it to local warranty office and make them check it. Anyhow copy all important files off the laptop.
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    If the notebook is under warranty call hp and see if you can get them to just send you a set of recover disks for free. Tell them the error with the recovery partition.

    If not you can always buy a set of disks from them. I want to say it is 15 or 25 bucks for a set. Most of the time you can just go to and put in your model and find them in the parts list. From their you can fill in your info to purchase them.

    In most cases if the recover partition is messed up you will need another copy of the data to rebuild it. I'd just get the disks and have them ready in case you need them.

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