HP Recovery Disk

| August 1, 2009

If you have a recent model HP or Compaq machine, chances are you have the ability to create an HP recovery disk. This article will address accessing and copying information that resides on a hidden partition. This preloaded recovery partition will allow you to create a set of Hp restore disks that can be used to recover all of the original software in the event of a major problem by tapping the F10 key continuously when the PC is first boots up. However, there may be times when recovery discs are needed to restore the PC. By using the HP Recovery CD-DVD Creator program, you can create a set of recovery discs to restore your PC back to its original condition.

Creating An HP Recovery Disk

HP Recovery DiskThe HP recovery disk set contains a complete set of the original operating system, drivers, and application software that shipped with the PC. The Recovery CD Creator software can be used to creat a set of recovery CDs for your computer. Because this software actually contains the Operating System, the Creator program allows only one complete set of CDs to be created. This data that will be put onto the CD is the same as the recovery CDs that you’d receive if you’d actually ordered them from HP.

How To Create An HP Recovery Disk

You’ll need a blank CD-R or blank DVD-R.

To begin, click Start, then All Programs. If you have an HP Pavilion click Hewlett-Packard and then HP PC Recovery CD Creator. If not, try clicking PC Help & Tools, then HP CD Recovery CD-DVD Creator to start the program.

You will see a welcome screen. Click the Continue button on each screen to start the disc creator. You will see how many disks are necessary to create the HP recovery disks. Label them, so you do not get confused after each burn.

The disk will burn, verify data, then eject each CD when complete. When the process is complete, you should have a working set of HP restore disks.

You will not be able to create another HP recovery disk set, so if you lose or damage these disks, you’ll need to contact HP for a replacement.

Why Create An HP Recovery Disk Set

Most people know they need to create an HP recovery disk, but quickly become complacent and never do. Although your HP comes with a recovery partition, the hard drive can fail. If you need to replace the hard drive, you will no longer have that recovery partition to re-install or repair the Operating System. This is why the HP recovery disk is essential. Create an HP recovery disk set and store them in a safe place.

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  1. linda waters says:

    i was restoring files on my pc when I cut the computer off. It messed up everything. Now when I turn the computer on just saver screen compes up. No desktop info will come on the screen

    • Dave Dave says:

      If you were using the restore disks that came with the computer, just start the whole process over again. If that’s not what you were doing, please elaborate.

  2. Dave Dave says:

    If you formatted the drive, you will no longer have the option to use anything HP had previously installed. What specifically do you need the HP support for?

  3. chris says:

    Hi a av a Hp pavilion t250 av got a Hp recovery disc the disc looks fine its always work but when a press F10 to recover then computer doesent do nothing apart frm go to windows wht should a do ?

    • Dave Dave says:

      Did you try booting directly to the disks? Keep the disk in the drive and restart the computer. If it doesn’t load, you may need to enter your BIOS setup (maybe tap F1,F2,F10 or Delete when booting) and look for Boot sequence and change it to CD drive first. The recovery disk should load after that.

  4. Carlos says:

    My hp computer hard disk is getting broken I still ca start windows but when I try to create the cd recovery the computer screen get black with a message that disk failure. I need to create the recovery disk to install everything on the new Hard disk. how else could I make it? If i connect the old HD to another computer is possible? What can I do?

    • Dave Dave says:

      Some systems will have a second partition that performs a recovery. Do you notice anything when you boot that says press f10 for system recovery (it might be a different key). You should join our free forums at http://www.pctechbytes.net/forums –we will be able to help you more there.

  5. Pat says:

    I need help recovering my computer from scratch, I had an old windows XP installation disk and that just made matters worse. I wanna recover from the HP recovery partition now and I don’t know how, theres no option to on the start up anymore. Is there anywhere I can install the bootloader that will let me use the recovery partition to restore my computer?

    • Dave Dave says:

      Did you try tapping the F10 key at boot? Normally, this is how you will get to the HP recovery partition. You might have accidentally deleted the parttiion when you were using the XP disk. Try contacting HP for replacement disks or for extended help, please join our forums.

  6. Dave Dave says:

    As far as I know, you can’t. Visit this site to remove all the unwanted junk quickly: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

  7. Dave Dave says:

    You can make only one disk from the recovery partition, but I see no reason why you can’t then copy the copy. In an extreme emergency, you can always get a copy from HP for a small fee.

  8. Dave Dave says:

    Those recovery disks probably will not work. Try tapping F8 at boot, go into Safe Mode, then do a system restore by going to Start>Programs>accessories>System Tools>System Restore.

  9. Herman Lng says:

    Can I use recovery disc for a HP Pavilion on a Compaq Presario computer?

  10. Dave Dave says:

    Please post this question in our forums at http://www.pctechbytes.net/forums/ registration is free.

  11. vinod ramoutar says:

    Good Day, i was making back ups when the power to my pc faded. can i re-make a new set ? -what to do ?

  12. Ziggy. PLZ HELP says:

    got a computer from my sister. an hp pavilion 360n. It suposed to have windows xp but they installed Vista on it! The computer is slow and filled with complete rubbish i need to wipe it clean, and i have no disks and the F11 and F8 keys take me to useless menus…. F10 didnt do anything. How to i wipe the compputer clean and revert to XP!?!? I actually do have one CD and when u run it, it says Install XP? so i click yes but then i have COMPATABILITY WARNING and it dont let me!! HELP ME PLZ!!!!!!!

  13. sangar says:

    i have hp dv5-1116em. and I formatted my hard disk in mistake so my partion recovery disk (D) is gone too…also i didnt make a disc recovery for my pc…
    if anybody can help me and tell me what to do..or if anybody have the same model that i have and make to me a copy of his or her recovery disc…i will appreciate it so much

  14. Masoodmrashid says:

    how we can make another set of recovery cd of DV6000 laptop..???anyone can help or Idea???