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Recovery Partition on Toshiba System

I have a old harddrive that has the Toshiba Recovery Partition on it. I'm wanting to upgrade my harddrive and would like to reuse that Recovery partition. I tried ghosting the hidden partition and moving it to the new drive but when i boot the partition i get error f31900 blah blah blah...   Is there a way to do this? I have Norton Ghost and Parition Magic.
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It appears the hard drive image somehow is not a CLONE of the old hard drive. Do you have another actual HD clone software you may be able to use. The key factor in cloning a hard drive most of the time is to LOCK DOWN all partitions and copy them in DOS MODE.  have you tried and actual HD cloning software?
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so you can't just ghost the recovery partion? you have to clone the entire hd?
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Usually PC's with similar recovery partitions (Dell, Acer) use their own MBR version and that usually isn't copied over when using tools like ghost. Sometimes you can use CloneZilla or DD (both are included on the PartedMagic LiveCD) to copy the special mbr over, but you need to use raw mode, and it doesn't always work.

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If your laptop didn't come with recovery media, then there should be a utility included which allows you to create one set of recovery media. That is something that should always be done after unpacking the PC and setting it up the first time, but most people ignore or don't understand the message, and later it gets forgotten. If you haven't created those DVD's/CD's check your manual, or online on the toshiba site, for details on how to create them. Once you have those media you can restore the system to factory defaults even if your HD with the recovery partition breaks down, or if you change the disk and the recovery partition doesn't work, like currently with your system.
I would use a HD cloning tool.
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are you sure you booted from that partition? was it set active?
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