How setup recovery partition on HP Envy17

Posted on 2011-05-09
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I just got an HP Envy17 laptop with a Raid 0 array (2 disks).  I want to reset the disks to non-array.  I understand this will make everything on the 2 disks garbage.

I have the system recovery DVDs: I know these DVDs will restore the system partition; I want confirmation that they will also recreate the RECOVERY partition with the ability to recover upon bootup (i.e. I don't want to lose that functionality).

Basically, I want to make sure I can restore the recovery feature after resetting to non-array.

Question by:SAbboushi
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    Accepted Solution

    Tricky area.  Many OEMs have special utility to setup these recoverys and when you do reinstall you don't get the same recovery partition setup by the OEMs.  Refer to this document on how to do this in windows 7.
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    First of all after you brake the RAID the available capacity of single drive will be smaller than total size of the RAIDed drive detected by your Windows Disk Management.
    So Recovery could refuse restoring to this capacity drive.
    What I would recommend is using third party backup & recovery tool to take backup of existing configuration, then brake the RAID and restore from backup to single drive. Also, this would require adjusting the OS to nonRAID configuration. I think Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite will do all this for you.
    Also you can set there a secure capsule where you can store the backup image and bind it to F key so recovery will start after pressing this key.

    Author Comment

    >> Also you can set there a secure capsule where you can store the backup image and bind it to F key so recovery will start after pressing this key.
    Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite offers this capability?
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    Expert Comment

    Yes, it offers it.

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