Installing Windows XP Home from a hidden hard drive partition

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Chaz_WV

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I am trying to fix a computer....It is a HP Pavilion a305w. It did not come with a reinstall disc, instead all the data is on a hidden hard drive partition. This thing needs dumped and a clean install done in a bad way. My questions are: If i reformat the hard drive will it wipe out that hidden partition? If so how can I avoid this. and, If it dosen't How do I access that partition to reinstall windows? The computer is out of warranty so HP Tech support is no help without paying them. Thanks to any and all that can help.
 
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Welcome, Chaz_WV! :D
hp kinda sucks that way. If I remember right you have to hit the F10 key at boot up. But sometimes it doesn't do a complete reinstall. It likes to leave all kinds of junk that you are trying to get rid of. :mad:

I was working on a friends hp 751 N and had the same problem. Did you know you can order all the recovery cd's? There's 6 of them. At least that's how many the 751 had. And the part I like the best is that hp doesn't tell ya you can order these cd's. But that's when the computer is still in warranty.
Now, they'll probably ask for a few bucks to get them. :rolleyes:
 

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If you boot from the recovery floppy or CD, it will fetch the O/S off the recovery partition and do a fresh install without losing the recovery partition.
 

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johnwill said:
If you boot from the recovery floppy or CD, it will fetch the O/S off the recovery partition and do a fresh install without losing the recovery partition.
The only problem there is, that if you lose the drive you lose everything, so it is better to have the CDs or make them while you can. I also find that these mass-produced CDs are better being copied to good quality CDRs (not CD-RWs) so that you have a spare set in reserve.

Plus 4·0Gb, or more, of drive space is valuable wasted space!
 

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Oh, I agree that recovery partitions are stupid, but that's not the point under discussion. :)

He already has a system with a recovery partition, we're just trying to use it.
 
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