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Access to partition D on hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vistanoob18, Oct 10, 2008.

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  1. vistanoob18

    vistanoob18 Thread Starter

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    What is the key you hit at startup to access this? I fell into the trap of believe I had an actual vista disc with my laptop and it's put me in a world of hurt. I tried re-installing (yes wiped my hard drive clean) and now I can't get my computer to work obviously because the instal failed.

    I heard it was F11 but that didn't work and ctrl + F11 didn't work either.

    Also, will this allow me to reinstall vista properly then or will it allow me to burn the disc so I can?

    Thank you.
     
  2. JSanguancheu

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    What brand/model laptop is it? Are you sure there's a restore partition?
     
  3. Elvandil

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    If you wiped your drive, you may have also wiped the recovery partition on the drive. How did you do it?
     
  4. vistanoob18

    vistanoob18 Thread Starter

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    I just re-formatted the c drive. The partition is still there. I have a Dell 1720
     
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  6. Elvandil

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    You can also try booting directly from the recovery partition using SGD Boot Disk - This zip file contains both CD and floppy images. This boot disk can hide and unhide partitions, activate partitions, boot Windows or any other OS whether there is an MBR present or not, boot from a second drive, restore Windows boot (equivalent to fdisk /mbr or fixmbr), add or remove GRUB, restore LILO, live-swap drives and more.
     
  7. vistanoob18

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    wow, thank you for all that info. I'm going to try the disk fix tonight when I get home from work.
     
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