[SOLVED] HP Recovery - Will it format other non-windows partitions?
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HP Recovery - Will it format other non-windows partitions?
Over the course of a few years, windows vista killed itself.
I didn't even change or install anything - it simply logged in fine one day then died the next.
I have an HP laptop and it has an HP recovery partition with the ability to "Restore to factory settings".
My fdisk -l looks like this:
/dev/sda1 - NTFS, windows.
/dev/sda2 - NTFS, HP Recovery
/dev/sda3 - ext3, linux.
Has anyone used hp recovery before? I expect the windows partition to get reformatted, but I don't know if it will format the whole shebang, linux included.
I contacted HP but they haven't responded in a few days so I thought I'd post here.
I would be interested in what you actually asked the support cause it seems to me that they did not really understood the point. They talk about dual booting you talk about losing partition schema on factory reset.
In any case I would just backup the linux partition and then do the reset. You'll see what happens and your save with the backup.
I think HP understood ok. The first sentence is just to point out they don't deal with multi-boot. The 2nd sentence says you will DEFINITELY loose (sic !) your Linux partitions, which is what I'd expect from MS based systems and concurs with syg00's experience.
I would be interested in what you actually asked the support
Here it is:
I dual boot Windows Vista 64 bit (Came with the computer) along with Debian GNU/Linux.
After a couple years of use, for some reason or another, Vista didn't start. It made it past the green loading bar at the bottom and then died. I used "Launch Startup Repair". It then started Microsoft Recovery. It worked, I went back into Vista. Unfortunately, almost all of my settings were gone and it didn't even recognise me as administrator or allow me to do anything.
I looked into the HP recovery. It looks like I can "Reset the computer back to factory settings". That interests me. I'd be okay with Vista going back to original factory settings.
The problem is I don't know if the HP Recovery will touch anything on my linux partitions.
My fdisk -l output looks like this:
/dev/sda1 - NTFS, Windows Vista
/dev/sda2 - NTFS, HP RECOVERY
/dev/sda3 - Linux
If I run HP recovery to "reset to factory settings", will it erase my linux partition?
I can't reset right now since if it did format over my linux partition I don't have the time to reinstall everything. This summer I'll do it and post back just for future searches.
Not like I even need windows, this is a laptop and I particularly enjoy my %400 gain in battery life and 40 C drop in temperatures. lol,windows.
As I review the partition layout it would make me itch that the factory reset would kill the linux partition. It's the last one on the hd and also behind the HP Recovery. And I doubt that the HP Recovery partition would wipe itself and write it self again.
But non the less. Just stick with what you know and that is that linux is running and serves you good