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    Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    OK here's my problem.

    I bought a Sony Vaio last March, and I never created any recovery disks for it. It didn't come with any Windows disks either, just a recovery partition on the hard drive.

    I did however copy all the contents of the recovery partition onto an external hard drive, thinking it would do the same.

    Now I have a problem. I want to return the laptop to its pre-installed state as I wish to sell it on, so I press f10 during start up to initiate the recovery partition, but I get a black screen with an error.

    I decided I would boot up Ubuntu, go into gparted and erase the entire hard drive, then create a ntfs partition for the recovery data to be placed similar in size to the original. After that was done I installed Ubuntu on the remaining free space on the hard drive.

    My idea was that once Ubuntu was installed it would give me the option to boot my recovery partition with the now installed GRUB menu, which it did. The only problem is I'm still getting an error stating there is something wrong in relation to the bootmgr file.

    My question is - How can I use my only backup (My copied files on the external hard drive) to restore my Vaio back to its original state?

    I just want to know if there is a way before I resort to ordering Recovery disks from Sony.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    What happens if you F10 now with the recovery data on the drive instead of trying to boot from that partition?

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    I'm not sure if this is what you mean but I tried booting it from the external hard drive, I got the following error:

    Windows Boot Manager

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

    1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
    2. Choose your language settings, and click next.
    3. Click 'Repair your computer.'

    Status: 0xc0000034
    Info: An unexpected error has occurred.

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    If I try to boot it by pressing f10 at startup I get this error:

    Path \windows\system32\winload.exe

    Partition: 2
    Hard disk: f335c

    [/no execute=option]

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    How much are the recovery disks?

    It seems like it would like to boot from that partition but cant because its missing a windows boatloader. You could probably fix it somehow but Im not sure how and if its really worth the effort.

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    I'm not sure how much the recovery discs are. I'll go find out now and post a reply.

    It would be nice to be able to fix this issue without having to order the discs just out of curiosity.

    Thanks

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Quote Originally Posted by urbeg View Post
    If I try to boot it by pressing f10 at startup I get this error:

    Path \windows\system32\winload.exe

    Partition: 2
    Hard disk: f335c

    [/no execute=option]
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    Must be OptIn -->
    /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN Enables DEP for core system images and those specified in the DEP configuration dialog.
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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    .

    Maybe this can help out ?

    http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/...ista-dvd-disc/


    I 'm still looking further in to this, so I might come and edit this post later ...

    EDIT: the above should get you on the way; if you can activate the Image from the repair disc, you 're there ...
    .......... haven't found anything outlining the use of that disc with a recovery image

    More here: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBC...r+from+the+DVD

    More still: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc765966.aspx



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    Last edited by noorman; 12-18-2008 at 12:55 PM.


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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm downloading the neosmart CD now as I type this. Hopefully it'll give me a bit of progress.

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Quote Originally Posted by urbeg View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm downloading the neosmart CD now as I type this. Hopefully it'll give me a bit of progress.
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    If you can get the system to boot from it, you might be able to point the software to the recovery data partition and run the recovery ...


    Fingers crossed !


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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Well the disc boots fine. I can tell it to do a 'Startup Repair' which says everything is OK. So then I went on to step three in your second link.

    Once I type in the following I get an error.

    x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
    The system cannot find the path specified.
    Any more ideas?

    Is there anyway of using the neosmart (Windows Vista Recovery Disc) disc I downloaded to execute the autorun which is on my backed up partition, to get it to start the recovery process?
    Last edited by urbeg; 12-18-2008 at 02:13 PM.

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Quote Originally Posted by urbeg View Post
    Well the disc boots fine. I can tell it to do a 'Startup Repair' which says everything is OK. So then I went on to step three in your second link.

    Once I type in the following I get an error.



    Any more ideas?

    Is there anyway of using the neosmart (Windows Vista Recovery Disc) disc I downloaded to execute the autorun which is on my backed up partition, to get it to start the recovery process?
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    I don't know that disc, but I think you should get to a command prompt (like in a DOS Window - also called Command box)

    If you can navigate to the partition where the recovery stuff resides, you should be able to start whatever executable from the command line / I 'm not sure that an autorun will do (anything) at DOS level ...


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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Do you know the command to start a .exe file from with in the command line?

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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Quote Originally Posted by urbeg View Post
    Do you know the command to start a .exe file from with in the command line?
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    As far as I can remember it 's just prompt> name-of-file.exe ... then ... Enter


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    Re: Recovery Partition has now been Deleted - Sony Vaio

    Well I decided to give up on trying to work it from the external hard drive, and went ahead an purchased the Sony Recovery discs. They cost 35.57 British pounds. Bit expensive saying you can make them free yourself, which I wish I had of done now.

    Not to worry, thanks for the replies.

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