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HP Notebook PCs - Using System Recovery, Factory Reset and Minimized Image Recovery Options
The HP Recovery Manager application, installed on the hard drive of HP Notebook PCs, can be used to recover the computer to its original operating condition, and can create a set of personalized Recovery discs. In the event of a system failure, you can use either the Recovery Manager or the Recovery discs to re-install your notebook's original operating system and software.
Figure 1: Recovery Manager Options
Depending on when the model was released, the Recovery Manager installed on your notebook was developed by either SoftThink or CyberLink, or by an HP team. The screens may be slightly different, and there may be up to three very different types of recovery options available for your model.
The System Recovery option does the following:
In some cases, the System Recovery process may require more hard drive space that the system drive actually has. If the system drive is part of a partitioned hard drive, one or more partitions may be de-partitioned to give the System Recovery process the space it requires. Otherwise, user-created partitions will remain intact.
The Factory Reset option does the following:
This recovery option returns all of the notebook's software to the condition it was in at the time of purchase. Any programs you installed after purchase and any files you created will be removed entirely.
Minimized Image Recovery
Minimized Image Recovery does the following:
If there are user-created partitions on the hard drive, the HP Recovery Manager prompts you for permission to remove them or leave them intact.
Different ways to launch Recovery Manager
Depending on how you launch the Recovery Manager, a different number of recovery options are available. The recovery process can take from 30 minutes to two or more hours to complete. The computer will appear to stop working for long periods of time and will then restart several times. Do not interupt the process, nor attempt to use the computer, until you are prompted to logon to the computer with a specifc user name and password.
To launch the HP Recovery Manager, do any of the following:
WARNING: Because there are several recovery options available, some of which automatically delete files and programs, HP recommends that before you select any recovery option you should back up all important files. Once the recovery process begins deleting files there is no way to pause or stop the action.
Tasks to do after performing a Recovery
After you perform any one of the recovery options, you will need to: