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Recovery Partition

Hello Experts,

I would like to know how I can create a System Recovery Partition using a hot key such as "F11" to then reimage a computer with an image that I have created using Windows 7 Backup/Restore feature or another Open Source program such as Redo Backup. Is this possible and how?
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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You could make an image of said machine using your imaging application of choice. Then store that image on the recovery partition. In the event of any problems, you could have to boot the recovery program from CD/USB and then access the recovery partition.

I have done this with Ghost, but the same should apply for Redo or any other program that can make a bootable recovery program.

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You can use Paragon Backup and restore, its free
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

Else you can purchase Acronis True Imag Home 2012
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

You can create a recovery partition using the software, further you can add a revery console at startup like Press F11 to recover or backup the current windows.

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Ok, question. I saw this tutorial but it does NOT show you how to implement the process to recover from the partition that is created. I did see the program that they used is called EasyBCD but i'm not sure if I can use that software to create a screen with an option labeled "System Recovery" and then it points to the recovery partition.

http://www.youtube.com/user/riyaspathanapuram

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its called Acronis Secure Zone
Search it you will find lots of useful tutorials

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Is it a paid product? If so then it will not work.

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only 50 dollars for one pc

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That won't work then.
Distinguished Expert 2019

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making the bios respond to any key is not possible, it must be  programmed in the bios
so your only options are booting to a recovery cd, disk or USB stick, and use the software to point to the image
IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
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http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html
It is free.
Download it and install. Then start it and switch to full scale mode. There select Wizards - Backup Utilities.
There select Create Backup Capsule.
It will ask for the place to create recovery partition. Point it to necessary HDD. Normally it is HDD0 at the end of the drive.
When capsule is created you will get an option to set it Bootable and bind to any of F key. Use the key which is not occupied yet.
Then create backup..
Restore looks as follows. During PC start you get F? message. Press it and Paragon Recovery interface will load.
Select there Simple Restore wizard and point it to the image you want to restore.
Depending on the size of the Capsule you can store there more than 1 backup image.

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Hi noxcho,

I'm using Backup & Recovery 2011 (Advanced) Free and DO NOT see an option for "Create Backup Capsule".
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

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Did you switch to full scale mode? Do you get such window: http://images.paragon-software.com/sites/paragonsoftware.com/images/screenshots/brfad/1_main_window_mini.jpg
If yes then press Wizards - Backup utilities
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

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It could have name Manage Backup Capsule.