On Tue, 9 Jun 2009 06:17:05 -0400, Rick Rogers wrote:
> Hi Gene,
> HP systems only allow for the creation of a single set of recovery disks
> (though there is a method to unlock and redo it if necessary), however this
> has no bearing on the recovery partition. The latter can still be used for
> reinstalling to factory state after creation of the disks. The disks are
> used in the event of a hard drive failure.
To you and Mark: I was only discussing the limitation on the creation of
the DVD set...It never crossed my mind that the recovery partition would be
disabled after making backup discs, and in fact I have since booted to both
partitions a time or two just for fun (out of curiosity & for verifying its
availability). Besides, I think it would be crazy of the mfr to disable the
partition after backing it up. What if the B/U failed? In fact, what if my
drive dies and then I find out the B/U is no good? I'd learn how nice the
mfr is, I guess.
On my HP, when I got it, the recovery partition was shown as D:. I went to
Disk Management pretty quickly and turned off the drive letter (in order to
help keep me out of trouble). BTW, Acronis 9 changed the recovery partition
from invisible to D: on my other machine. I had some trouble fixing that,
and I no longer have Acronis on my machines.
I thought of making a disk copy of the DVD set, but after taking my pulse I
decided I wasn't paranoid enough to need to do that. That's probably
easier...or else harder...than searching for an unlocker (but that's a good
My main reason for making the DVD set was in case of HD failure, but, among
other anecdotes, I just read a post a few minutes ago by someone who erased
his recovery partition, mostly as a result of a set of complicated
transactions - odd behavior of software - that misled him into that action
(I have lost track of the post - it's somewhere in another NG, I think...).
Even I could accomplish something like that :-)
Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom