HP forum: F11 Recovery won't work. (my fault)

by: mborner August 11, 2010 7:56 AM PDT

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F11 Recovery won't work. (my fault)

by mborner - 8/11/10 7:56 AM

I have a HP nx9030 notebook that just gave up and died. The original OS was Windows XP Pro. I was not aware of HP's F11 recovery partition until after I formatted the HDD and installed a different copy of XP Pro, which didn't work. I cannot boot into Windows. I'm trying to use F11 during boot, but I think after I formatted, the MBR was replaced. The F11 utility is gone. During the format, I noticed a partition on the drive (E) at 204mb. Is this the recovery partition? I would think it would be much, much larger than that. I only formatted C, leaving E alone. Is there any way I can access the recovery partition to restore the notebook to its original condition? It appears that HP.com no longer has the recovery discs available. Any help would be great.

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