so I have this netbook HP Mini 110-1190 by Studio Tord Boontje PC
that was shipped with Windows 7 Starter. It was working fine till last week when Windows crashed. I was able to start windows and log in after many attempts... later it would freeze again (actually this happened many times that day). My assumption, something is wrong with the system or maybe even the hard drive.
What I did to resolve the issue:
I would restart and hope for windows to log in normally and immediately go to the HP Recovery Manager. I clicked myself to system recovery (expecting to do a full Factory Restore). It all went as expected until an error popped up, something like missing file AFTER the Recovery Manager formatted the partition (or disk). I didn't do anything manually. I let the Recovery Manager "do it's thing" ...meaning: Format, copy files and later install Windows.
..the error came while copying the files!
When I restarted (had no other option after the error message popped up) I noticed I was in trouble. There was no system.
I thought there is a Hidden Recovery Partition I can still access even without a working OS on C:\ (I am pretty sure I even done this before). How can I see if there is a Recovery Partition or if this has been deleted as well? (I wouldn't expect that it has been deleted as it was the HP Recovery Manager which did the formatting. ... and it wouldn't format the same partition it is stored at, right? )
I believe I once was able to do a successful System Factory Restore on the SAME PC by hitting F11 on system boot. (also described by another user on :here
) but it doesn't work now.
Do you have any suggestions? As I didn't manually delete a partition, it should technically still be there. Can you suggest a tool to see hidden partitions?
I could install a Windows 7 "fresh" copy but I don't have a license Key. The only valid Key I have for Windows 7 is printed on the back of the netbook and I believe it is intended (only) for the HP factory W7 Starter copy. (I mean it is already payed for. I don't want to purchase another W7 copy for same PC).
I could also purchase the HP Recovery USB but I don't want to invest more money into it, it is an old PC. I just want to rescue it.
CPU Athlon 1.60 Ghz
2 GB RAM
250 GB HDD
Shipped with W7 Starter
Thank you for your time!